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Carpio urges agreement with China, Vietnam

Carpio urges agreement with China, Vietnam.....»»

Category: newsSource: cnnphilippines cnnphilippinesJun 14th, 2018

Philippines, China, Vietnam can sign common agreement on fishing — Carpio

The Philippines has several options on how to deal with the situation in Scarborough Shoal, including signing a common agreement with China and Vietnam, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Carpio warns against PH accepting China’s ‘goodwill’ line

  The Philippines may lose its legal right to Panatag Shoal if it accepts China's line that it allows Filipinos to fish there "out of goodwill," acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said on Thursday.   Speaking in an interview on CNN Philippines, Carpio said China's goodwill was "immaterial," as the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in 2016 that Panatag Shoal --- known internationally as Scarborough Shoal --- was a common fishing ground for the Philippines, China and Vietnam.   Commenting on a controversy involving Filipino fishermen and Chinese coast guards, Geng Shuang, spokesperson for China's foreign ministry, earlier told re...Keep on reading: Carpio warns against PH accepting China’s ‘goodwill’ line.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Drilon urges Duterte to review appeasement policy towards China

MANILA, Philippines – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon called on President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration to review the "policy of appeasement and accommodation on China,” saying it does not translate to better economic relations with the Asian giant. Drilon pointed out that Vietnam, which has been aggressive in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Top Philippine judge urges China face court over reef destruction

MANILA — A Philippine Supreme Court judge has called on the government to bring China to court for violating the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea with the destruction of coral reefs in a disputed part of the South China Sea. Acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a staunch critic of President […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Davao City council approves sisterhood agreement with China’s Jinjiang City

THE DAVAO City council approved on April 24 an ordinance granting authority to enter into a sisterhood agreement with the Jinjiang City in China’s Fujian Province. A letter of intent for the partnership was signed last Feb. 5 by Ms. Carpio and Jinjiang City Deputy Mayor Li Zili. “Davao is an important city for the […] The post Davao City council approves sisterhood agreement with China’s Jinjiang City appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

China urges North, South Korea to ‘seize opportunity’

BEIJING:China has cautiously welcomed an agreement by North and South Korea to hold a historic summit, urging both sides to “seize the current opportunity” to promote the denuclearisation of the peninsula. The foreign ministry issued a statement late Tuesday praising the “positive outcomes” of a meeting between South Korean envoys and North Korean leader Kim [...] The post China urges North, South Korea to ‘seize opportunity’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in Southeast Asia

Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in Southeast Asia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 27th, 2016

Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in Southeast Asia

Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in Southeast Asia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 27th, 2016

Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in southeast Asia

Justice Carpio urges strong stance vs China in southeast Asia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 27th, 2016

EAC Houses ITI’s International Peace Launch

By Aljomar P. Ibasco The International Theater Institute (ITI), a global organization for the performing arts, together with the Emilian Community, inaugurated their global peace movement on May 20th and 22nd at the EAC Tanghalang Yaman Lahi Theater. Cultural acts from various artists from China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Philippines graced the launching of ITI’s [...] The post EAC Houses ITI’s International Peace Launch appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Gordon to politicians: Stop grandstanding; speak with one voice on China issue

Senator Richard Gordon on Sunday scored politicians for grandstanding on the issues in the West Philippine Sea exacerbated recently by China's increased militarization of the area and the reported harassment of Filipino fishermen in the disputed waters. Gordon urged President Rodrigo Duterte to convene members of Congress in a private meeting in Malacaang to shed light on the country's foreign policy on China. "Dapat sa Malacaang iyon at dapat mag usap-usap lahat na walang mag-grandstand. Walang magpapa gwapo. Pag-usapan muna para magkaintindihan na (It should be Malacaang's role and there should be an agreement to stop politicians from grandstanding)," he said over DZBB radio. ...Keep on reading: Gordon to politicians: Stop grandstanding; speak with one voice on China issue.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

Cayetano calls Carpio, Alejano liars, won’t go to Sandy Cay

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano are "liars" using the country's territorial row with China to undermine the Duterte administration, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Friday.   Cayetano hit out at the two most vocal critics of President Duterte's policy on the South China Sea for insisting that China had control over Sandy Cay, a sandbar located about 4.6 kilometers from Philippine-occupied Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the Spratly archipelago.   "They are absolutely liars," he told CNN Philippines, referring to Carpio and Alejano. "They are liars. They are trying to take down the government. They are lying left and right...Keep on reading: Cayetano calls Carpio, Alejano liars, won’t go to Sandy Cay.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Sovereignty ‘far more important’ than Chief Justice post — Carpio

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, a staunch advocate for the Philippines’ claims in the South China Sea, believes preserving the country’s sovereignty is “far more important” than holding the highest position in the Supreme Court (SC).    Source link link: Sovereignty ‘far more important’ than Chief Justice post — Carpio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Tentative fishing agreement between Philippines, China still verbal

A tentative fishing agreement between the Philippines and China is in the works but nothing is written yet, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

PH-China, SC justice applicants, Passport slots | Evening wRap

  Today on Rappler: Drilon urges Duterte to review 'appeasement policy' towards China . Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said he doesn't care if Filipino fishermen are allowed to fish Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal out of China's  "goodwill,"  as what matters is that they now have access to the shoal's resources. What are the elements of freedom of expression? This was the question asked ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Filipino fishermen want full access to lagoon at Panatag Shoal

IBA, Zambales --- Filipino fishermen on Thursday have urged the Philippine government to make an agreement with its Chinese counterpart to give them full access to the lagoon at Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). "Ang panawagan po namin sa Presidente magkaron ng agreement na payagan na po totally namin na ma-access namin yung kabuuan ng shoal kasi limited po ang aming galaw (We call upon the President to have a deal [with China] that would allow us to fully access the shoal because our moves in the area are limited)," said Rolly Bernal, president of Scarborough Fisherfolk Association. The military initiated a consultative dialogue with t...Keep on reading: Filipino fishermen want full access to lagoon at Panatag Shoal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Duterte tells China to probe complaints of PH fishermen

President Rodrigo Duterte skipped diplomatic channels and went directly to Ambassador Zhao Jianhua to relay to China his concerns over the confiscation of Filipino fishermen's catch by Chinese coast guards at Panatag Shoal, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Wednesday.   Speaking in a radio interview about the discussion between Mr. Duterte and Zhao during Independence Day rites in Kawit, Cavite province, on Tuesday, Roque said that given the chance, the President would have gone directly to Chinese President Xi Jinping to remind him that they had an agreement on free access by Filipinos to Panatag Shoal.   The President told Zhao that China should invest...Keep on reading: Duterte tells China to probe complaints of PH fishermen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Philippines urged to seek damages for China s destruction of Scarborough coral reefs

The Philippines should once again file a new case seeking for compensation following Chinese fishermen's destruction of coral reefs on Panatag or Scarborough Shoal, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Push for protocols on fishing in Panatag, government urged

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio called on the Duterte administration to push for protocols with China on fishing activities in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018