DFA coordinating with DND over China’s ‘new violations’ on West Philippine Sea

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DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is coordinating with the Department of National Defense (DND) in addressing the “new violations” by China in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) but did not confirm the claim Tuesday by DND Secretary Voltaire Gazmin about the fresh incursions.

“Jointly with DND, we are committed to look at ways to appropriately address this issue,” DFA Spokesman assistant secretary Raul Hernandez said in a text message.

Hernandez said they were working to confirm the violations.

Gazmin made the disclosure earlier on Tuesday.

China claims almost the entire resource-rich sea, including the Spratlys group of islands near Palawan province, Bajo de Masinloc (Panagatag Shoal or Scarborough Shoal), and Ayungin shoal, all of which are within the Philippines 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone.

In April 2012, a standoff occurred between Chinese and Philippine ships at Scarborough Shoal after several Chinese fishing boats were found illegally poaching endemic Philippine marine species in the shoal.

The Philippines has filed several diplomatic protests against China and has sought arbitration proceedings under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS).

Gazmin, however, did not reveal additional information about the recent violations saying, “We do not want to preempt the information…it has to go through channels.”

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  • pepito gwaps

    this is what happened when weapon technologies landed in a wrong hands, the tendency is to use them to bully and take advantage from those country who don’t have access to it. This is the right time we should ask the US to station their Air/ Missile Defense Planning and Control System (AMDPCS), Unmanned Aircraft System ( UAS) and Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) here in the Philippines so we will not be bullied anymore and can react accordingly once the tresspasser would provoke us again.

    • uragunako

      if we have no sophisticated arms….WE HAVE GOD…..
      HE IS WITH US ALL THE TIME…
      WHY SHOULD WE BE AFRAID?…..
      THEY SHOULD……

  • joboni96

    ito’y pangkiliti na naman ng imperyalista
    para sa u.s. bases recolonization nila

    matagal ng maraming katarantadohan
    ang intsik switik dyan

    pero ang solusyon ni collaborator gasmin
    magtago sa saya ng imperyalistang u.s.

    tignan mo at papetek petek lang
    sa pagpalakas ng depensa

    3 years after naka upo
    wala pa tayong fighters, missile corvettes, at missile batteries

    inuuna pa bumili ng mga cargo ships
    sa daming binebentang missile corvettes sa europe

    pinapahamak na naman tayo ng mga collaborators na ito
    sa gerrang imperyalistang u.s. kontra sa hegemonistang intsik switik

    STAND UP SOVEREIGN AND INDEPENDENT
    PRO PILIPINO DEFENSE

    • herecomesrusty

      +1 for you.

    • uragunako

      ang yaman ni gazmin…….laki ng farm sa San Jose, Batangas….may sariling detachment pa ng sundalo…………and sabi raw “matapobre ang asawa nya”….

  • Ben

    The country should file a protest in the UN and ask their support to condemn China in it`s wanton disregard of peace and stability in the area by provoking territorial disputes and demand status quo by honoring DOC, if not the Philippines must build structures in Ayungin shoal now and strengthen the defenses of each of our islets and shoals in the Spratly`s. The Philippines must expand the VFA , and the senate must be abolished and just replace it with federal-parliamentary form of government. Drilon previously revealed that there is money in the general appropriation act, if he will transfer that pork barrel to the AFP modernization that will greatly strengthen the Philippines capacity to defend its territory. But the senate and congress are busy twisting the law so at least their wallets can at least be filled with fees, pork shares and the likes bleeding the Filipinos slowly, but surely delaying our malnourished growth back to normalcy and preventing our country from getting to its fullest potential. Because Napoles and her party in congress are still in there to sneak in and steal our money..

  • uragunako

    Gazmin, however, did not reveal additional information about the recent violations saying, “We do not want to preempt the information…it has to go through channels.”

    then, why published this news in the first place?…….

  • flomotion

    Address the issue head-on. Put Philippine troops in the area.

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