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73% of Filipinos want gov’t to assert South China Sea rights

Seventy-three percent of Filipinos want the Duterte administration to assert the country’s rights in the South China Sea, according to Pulse Asia’s latest sruvey......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2018

73% of Filipinos want gov’t to assert South China Sea rights

Seventy-three percent of Filipinos want the Duterte administration to assert the country’s rights in the South China Sea, according to Pulse Asia’s latest sruvey......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

8 in 10 Filipinos want PH to assert rights in South China Sea—Pulse Asia - Inquirer.net

8 in 10 Filipinos want PH to assert rights in South China Sea—Pulse Asia - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 27th, 2017

Consistency in asserting rights crucial in Philippines sea claim, says expert

While the arbitral tribunal might not have enforcement powers to help the Philippines assert its rights in the South China Sea over China, its strength comes from "confirming or conferring" international legtimacy to actions of states......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

Pinoys want govt to assert sea rights

Majority of Filipinos want the Philippines to regain control of the disputed West Philippine Sea, including the islands occupied by China, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) surv.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

President’s stand on sea row needs review – Carpio

The recent Social Weather Stations poll showing that four of five Filipinos rebuffed the government's approach to the territorial dispute with China proved that President Rodrigo Duterte's policy was contrary to the public's position, acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said on Sunday. Carpio, who champions the country's sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea --- waters within the Philippines' 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea --- said the latest poll also signaled the need for the Duterte administration to rethink its stand on the dispute. "The Filipino people understand the situation that . . . we have to protect our sovereign rights and we ...Keep on reading: President’s stand on sea row needs review – Carpio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Metro Manila wakes up to ‘Province of China’ banners

Filipinos in Metro Manila were shocked Thursday morning to see tarpaulin banners proclaiming the Philippines as a ‘Province of China’ displayed on several footbridges. The appearance of the banners coincided with the second anniversary of the UN Arbitral Tribunal ruling that awarded sovereign rights in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) to the Philippines. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

PH not vulnerable to China military attack, says former SolGen

  The Philippines does not have to go to war and it will not be vulnerable to an attack by China even if Filipinos assert their rights in the West Philippine Sea, according to former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.   The Philippines, however, faces the risk of losing its claims in the sea altogether by doing nothing, Hilbay said on Tuesday.   "The President keeps on saying he does not want to go to war. But neither is China. The President is sounding the alarm, but it seems he is the only one alarmed by it," he said.   Not vulnerable to attack   Despite having a weak military, the Philippines cannot be considered vulnerable to foreign ...Keep on reading: PH not vulnerable to China military attack, says former SolGen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

SABAH IS OURS! ‘Malaysia tightens grip on mineral-rich island of Sulu sultanate’

MALAYSIA HAS tightened its grip on Sabah which is being claimed by the Sultanate of Sulu following a proposal – by a member of the Philippines’ 25-man consultative committee tasked with reviewing and proposing amendments to the Constitution – to include the mineral-rich island as the country’s 13th federal state. Former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr made the proposal while Filipino lawmakers are preparing to amend the 1987 Constitution and shift from presidential to federal form of government. He said the Duterte administration should continue to push for the country’s claim to Sabah in a way acceptable to international laws. “There should be a way that is acceptable under international laws to assert our claim to Sabah. I think we can defer it a little bit more, but to say that we stop doing it is not in the context of my proposal,” he told ABS-CBN Television recently. He also wanted Scarborough and Spratlys – which is being claimed by China and other ASEAN countries as theirs – to be part of the federated states of the Philippines.  Pimentel has also proposed the following to form part of the federal states Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Minparom, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Bangsamoro and Metro Manila as its capital. “Eventually once we have asserted our sovereignty and rights over Sabah, we should include Sabah. Not only Sabah, but also Scarborough, Benham Rise, and Spratlys,” Pimentel said. According to a report by Channel News Asia, Kuala Lumpur has strongly rejected Pimentel’s proposal to include Sabah as a federal state of the Philippines. “Malaysia is aware of remarks made by Mr Aquilino Pimentel Jr, a member of the Philippines’ Consultative Committee, which appeared in the media on the claim on Sabah recently,” it said, citing Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman as saying in a press statement. “The Government of Malaysia reiterates its position that Malaysia does not recognise and will not entertain any claims by any party on Sabah. Sabah is recognised by the United Nations and the international community as part of Malaysia since the formation of the Federation on 16 September 1963,” Anifah said. “Therefore, statements such as these will only expose the ignorance of history and international law of those who make them, as well as potentially harming the excellent bilateral relations which Malaysia and the Philippines currently enjoy.” Death Sentence Just last month, Malaysia’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for 9 Filipinos who were charged with waging war against the Malaysian King during the 2013 assault on Lahad Datu in Sabah. The Filipinos have been identified as Julham Rashid, 70; Virgilio Nemar Patulada, 53; Salib Akhmad Emali, 65; Tani Lahad Dahi, 64; Basad Manuel, 42; Datu Amirbahar Hushin Kiram, 54; Atik Hussin Abu Bakar, 46; Al Wazir Osman, 62; and Ismail Yasin, 77. Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif said the January 15 decision of the five-man panel of the Federal Court was unanimous, according to reports by The Star and Asia News Network, adding, the panel agreed with the Court of Appeal that the death sentence was the most appropriate based on the findings of the facts of the case. The other judges were Chief Judge of Malaya Ahmad Maarop, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjun, and Justices Ramly Ali and Azahar Mohamed. Basad Manuel is the son of the Jamalul Kiram III, the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, who died from multiple organ failure in Manila in 2013. The bloody incursion by some 200 followers of Kiram from the southern Philippines in February 2013 was inspired by the supposed sultan’s claims of historical dominion over Sabah. The two-month siege was the most serious security crisis faced by Malaysia in years, involving armed conflict between the Sultan’s loyal followers and the Malaysian armed forces sent to root them out. The panel also dismissed the prosecution’s appeal against the acquittal of 14 men on the charge of waging war against the King and terrorist-related offences linked to the intrusion from Feb 12 to April 10, 2013, the reports further said. Chief Justice Md Raus said the panel has no reason to decide otherwise and affirmed the decision by the Court of Appeal delivered last June. At the height of fighting between Kiram’s followers and security forces, Malaysia deployed armoured vehicles and combat helicopters, including naval boats in an effort to flush out the Filipinos on the oil-rich island being claimed by both sides. About a dozen armoured personnel vehicles arrived in the town of Lahad Datu to support ground troops hunting down at least 50 members of the Sultanate of Sulu headed by Raja Muda Agbimuddin, the sultan’s younger brother. The group intruded Sabah in February 2013 to exert claim over Sabah, citing historical and legal claims, but Malaysia rejected this and launched a massive assault on about 200 of the sultan’s men following a deadline for them to surrender peacefully. The assault by Malaysian jets and ground artilleries left at least 62 intruders dead, but the fighting between the two groups also killed and wounded 18 Malaysian policemen and soldiers. Malaysia arrested more than 300 Filipinos who are suspected of supporting or aiding Raja Muda Agbimuddin’s group under a strict anti-terrorism law. More than 2,000 Filipino Muslims have returned to Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces after fleeing Sabah in 2013 for fear they would be arrested in a massive crackdown launched by Malaysian on illegal immigrants and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Shadowy group calls for Duterte’s ouster

MANILA – A shadowy group called Patriotic and Democratic Movement or PADEM, composed of disgruntled military and police officers and members, has called for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte and cited 10 reasons for its action. It accused Duterte of treating the military and police as his private armies and for betraying and violating public trust. It also urged Filipinos to join PADEM in condemning and fighting Duterte and his administration and to stage mass actions and demand the President’s ouster. In a manifesto, Antonio Bonifacio, who claimed to be PADEM’s spokesman, called on members of the military and police to also join the people in demanding Duterte’s resignation and also his administration. It said the group is working for the withdrawal military and police support for Duterte.  “We urge all Filipinos as individuals and as groups in whatever social sector, field, institution or organization to exercise their right of assembly and expression to undertake mass actions demanding the ouster of Duterte and his administration. We call on our fellow officers and members of the AFP and the PNP to join the people in demanding the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration.” “We pledge to work for the withdrawal of military and police support for Duterte and his administration in conjunction with mass mobilization of the Filipino people in millions to manifest their demand for the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration. Upon the change of administration, we pledge to follow the principle of civilian supremacy and support a new civilian administration, in accordance with the 1987 Constitution and the rule of law,” the manifesto, released by Bonifacio &'' believed to be a nom de guerre – said. PADEM also condemned and holds accountable for gross crimes in betrayal of public trust and in violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the Filipino people. It cited the following reasons as alleged crimes of Duterte:   Treating the AFP and the PNP as these were his private armies and practising favoritism and violating professional and service standards in the promotion and assignment of officers; Corrupting the PNP and the AFP with a system of monetary awards for the extrajudicial killing of alleged illegal drug users and of NPA suspects; Condoning and protecting top-level illegal drug lords; Emboldening/inciting police officers to engage in extrajudicial killings of poor suspected illegal drug users and pushers by publicly telling officers to plant evidence and by guaranteeing their pardon and promotion in case of conviction; Aggravating corruption in government and criminality through the collusion of Duterte trustees and crime syndicates; Allowing China to occupy maritime features in the West Philippine Sea and to violate Philippine sovereign rights upheld by decision of the Arbitral Tribunal in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Bungling the operations in Marawi City and indiscriminately destroying lives and property through aerial bombings, artillery and mortar; Favoring certain Chinese businessmen and Duterte relatives and cronies in the award of projected infrastructure projects using loans from China; Betraying the sovereign rights of the Filipino people by making the Philippines a debt vassal of China and offering to China the oil and gas resources under the West Philippine Sea as collateral for Chinese loans; and Seeking to replace the partnership with the United States in matters of national security with an even more lopsided relationship with China and Russia.  Television network GMA reported that the military has reiterated its support for the administration of Duterte and strongly denied PADEM’s allegations. Military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines, along with all the men and women of the uniformed services and all their civilian personnel, stand by the government and support Duterte, their commander-in-chief. Padilla said the accusations and issues cited by the group are unfounded and uncalled for. “Such issues are clearly politically motivated and a matter that the AFP does not and will not subscribe to,” GMA quoted him as saying, adding, they are the constitutionally mandated protectors of the people and will stand by law-abiding citizens whenever and wherever they are needed. “Having affirmed this, the AFP, however, will not hesitate in acting against forces who shall undermine the stability and security of our country and those who wish to destabilize our nation thru unconstitutional means,” he said. Communist rebels had previously said that the Central Intelligence Agency is plotting to oust Duterte alongside the plan to assassinate Jose Maria Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Sison, in a statement he issued in May, said those who continue to support him assert that performance in a year is not enough basis for a final judgment and that there is more than enough time ahead for him to accomplish promises that have most impressed them, such as the eradication of the drug problem, criminality, and corruption. He said Duterte has, in fact, pleaded that he needs three or four more years to bring about the significant changes that he previously thought would be done in six months’ time. His promised campaign against the pork barrel and other forms of corruption of the Aquino regime has not yet materialized. “Where he has been most successful at, projecting himself as a strong leader by calling on the police and the public to kill drug addict-pushers, he has attracted the most severe and sustained condemnation by institutions, the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2017

Duterte urged: Assert PH rights in South China Sea - Inquirer.net

Duterte urged: Assert PH rights in South China Sea - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2017

Duterte urged: Assert PH rights in South China Sea - Inquirer.net

Duterte urged: Assert PH rights in South China Sea - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2017

China Using 'Soft Power' To Assert Rights Over South China Sea

Last week, days after The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded the Philippines a victory in its case against China in the dispute over rights to the South China Sea, Beijing began a massive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2016

Robredo slams Chinese Coast Guard’s action vs Filipino TV news crew

Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday decried how members of the Chinese Coast Guard blocked a Filipino TV news crew from conducting interviews at Panatag Shoal. During her weekly radio show, Robredo said the incident showed China's "disrespect" for Filipinos despite the "Philippines' landmark victory before the arbitral tribunal." "Nakakatakot na nakakagalit (Scary and offensive)," she said. "Nakakalungkot kasi ito iyong pinapamukha sa atin: na talagang iyong mga dapat may karapatan naman tayo, inaangkin ng iba---inaangkin ng China (This is sad because we have rights. But what is ours is being claimed by China)," she added. READ: Philippines wins arbitration case vs. China o...Keep on reading: Robredo slams Chinese Coast Guard’s action vs Filipino TV news crew.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2018

China drives away Filipino TV crew from Panatag Shoal

MANILA, Philippines – China stopped a Filipino TV crew from conducting interviews in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in early November, as the Chinese Coast Guard said the Filipinos cannot proceed "without the permission of China." The incident transpired around noon of November 8 in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

Assert Philippines sovereignty, Duterte urged

The Duterte government must heed the general sentiments of Filipinos to defend the country’s sovereignty and territorial rights in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), former solicitor general Florin Hilbay said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Panelo on PH arbitration case vs China: Who will enforce it? 

  For now, the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague that validated the Philippines' claims on the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea is "useless as there is no country or body on earth that can enforce" it against China. READ: Philippines wins arbitration case vs. China over South China Sea Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said this on Tuesday in response to a survey showing opposition of Filipinos on the government's inaction on China's intrusion in the disputed areas, which coincides with the two-day state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the country. "The Arbitral ruling cannot be taken away from us. It will be th...Keep on reading: Panelo on PH arbitration case vs China: Who will enforce it? .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

SWS: Majority of Filipinos reject govt position of ‘doing nothing’ on sea row

MAJORITY of Filipinos disagree with the Duterte administration’s position of “doing nothing” against China’s incursions into the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea,) according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS)…READ The post SWS: Majority of Filipinos reject govt position of ‘doing nothing’ on sea row appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Vietnam fostering ties with the Philippines amid rapprochement with China

In August 2018, President Duterte conveyed to his countrymen that he expected China would be fair on the South China Sea dispute and that they should accept Beijing as a good neighbor. He told his fellow Filipinos: “I am sure that in the end, China will be fair and the equity will be distributed.” He predicted that “in the days to come, we would realize that China…is really a good neighbor.”.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

Vietnam protests China’s weather stations in disputed Spratlys

HANOI---Vietnam strongly protested China's launch of weather stations in the disputed Spratly group of islands, saying on Thursday they seriously violate Vietnam's sovereignty and complicate the situation in the South China Sea.   China last week announced it started operations of the stations on three islands to offer weather forecasts to fishermen in the South China Sea region and neighboring countries, and passing ships.   Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang told reporters at a regular briefing on Thursday that Vietnam had legal basis and historical evidence to assert its sovereignty over the Spratlys and Paracels, and asked China to stop...Keep on reading: Vietnam protests China’s weather stations in disputed Spratlys.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Palace: It will never be too late to raise South China Sea ruling with Beijing | News

Asked if it might be too late when the President decided to assert the Philippines' interests in the West Philippine Sea, Panelo said, "I do not think so." "The arbitration award will be there forever.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018