PH to assert sea rights through friendly talks with China | Global News
Close  

PH to assert sea rights through friendly talks with China

/ 05:49 PM July 22, 2018

Rodrigo Duterte dispute south china sea

Malacañang Palace insists that a peaceful dialogue with China will solve issues in the West Philippine Sea, after the results of a recent survey showed that most Filipinos would want to regain control of disputed islands in the area.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We are one with our people in seeking to assert our sovereign rights and territorial claims in the WPS,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement on Sunday.

A survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations showed that an overwhelming number of people would prefer the government to take action on the Chinese militarization in the region and eventually retake the islands.

FEATURED STORIES

READ: SWS: 4 of 5 Filipinos want gov’t action on China militarization in West PH Sea
READ: 9 of 10 Pinoys: Retake China-held islands

However, Roque said that Duterte administration had chosen to differ with the previous administration’s moves in dealing with the issue.

“Having seen how the confrontational approach of the previous administration only spurred greater militarization, we have shifted to a conciliatory tack and friendly dialogue with China,” Roque said.

According to Malacañang, the government will use a “bilateral consultation mechanism (BCM) to resolve issues”, as the government beefs up its military assets and its “capability to monitor and defend our maritime interests.”

In 2013, during the term of President Benigno Aquino III, the Philippines filed an arbitration case against the People’s Republic of China before the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Aquino administration filed the case after China claimed that certain islands in the controversial region belonged to them as an effect of the os-called Nine-Dash Line, a border that was based allegedly on historical claims.

On July 12, 2016, the tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines, saying that the nine-dash line is “invalid.”

China never recognized the case, and did not participated in hearings.

ADVERTISEMENT

READ: Philippines wins arbitration case vs. China over South China Sea

During the previous administration, there were reports of Filipino fishermen being harassed by the Chinese Coast Guard.

During the term of President Rodrigo Duterte, complaints have so far been minimal and fishermen themselves attested that they can now fish in the region.

However, they also said that the Chinese authorities are still in control of Scarborough Shoal. /atm

RELATED
China to PH fishers: ‘Filipino, go!’
‘Bullying,’ friendly encounters at Panatag
China still controls Scarborough — PH fishermen
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: China, Harry Roque, Malacañang, Rodrigo Duterte, West Philippine Sea
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.