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PH can’t ban marine survey ships – Locsin

‘BUT MARINE SURVEYS NEED OUR PERMISSION’
/ 06:39 PM August 13, 2019
Locsin: DFA ‘firing off’ diplomatic protest over presence of Chinese ships in PH waters

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines — The government may not be able to ban marine survey ships to sail into Philippine waters after all.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. backtracked on his previous remarks that he would “universalize” the restriction on marine survey ships following recent sightings of Chinese vessels sailing through the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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“I am reliably informed that under UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) we cannot ban marine surveys but that marine surveys need our permission to be conducted,” Locsin said over Twitter on Tuesday.

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“This is then is the new rule: if we grant permission to one legitimate say US concern we will grant to France, China, Japan, any non-haosiao survey,” he added.

The foreign affairs chief then noted that the Philippine government would grant permission based on the “surveyor’s seriousness and capability.”

“I refuse to show a preference for or bias against any country. The rule should not change with circumstances,” he said in a separate tweet.

“If marine surveys require PH permission it is only to determine surveyor’s seriousness and capability; not our fears and favoritism,” he added.

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