Joma Sison: Exploration deals, not US forces will keep peace in South China Sea
Rosette Adel (philstar.com) - July 17, 2016 - 6:31pm

MANILA, Philippines – Jose Maria Sison, chair of the international coordinating committee of the International League of People's Struggles, said Filipinos should not worry about threats of war amid an international tribunal ruling favoring the Philippines in its maritime dispute against China.

“Walang dapat mangamba sa gera dahil sa dalawang punto. Isa, labag sa UN Convention on the Law of the Sea at international law ang Tsina sa bigong pagswapang niya sa halos lahat ng South China Sea,” Sison said in a podcast interview with University of the Philippines professor Sarah Raymundo posted by Kodao Productions.

“Ikalawa, malayong mas malakas sa kakayahang militar ang US, Hapon at NATO na malamang na kikilos kung sasalakayin ng Tsina ang mga kompanyang kakontrata ng Pilipinas sa oil and gas exploration and extraction,” he added.

Sison said the Philippine government must use its victory at the Arbitral Tribunal, which has ruled that China has no basis for its nine-dash line claim over a large part of the South China Sea, to strengthen Philippine sovereignty and to craft better foreign policy.

“Gamitin ang mga kontrata sa oil and natural gas development para hindi mangahas ang Tsina na manggulo o manggera sa Pilipinas,” Sison said adding that it is a long term solution to avoid China’s threats. “Gumawa tayo ng mga pagbalanse sa ating mga ugnayang panlabas nang sa gayon walang dayuhang poder ang maging dominante sa atin,” he added.

 

 

'Filipinos should keep fishing in disputed waters'

 

Sison, also the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines, urged Filipino fishermen to continue fishing in the disputed waters despite the threat of harassment by the Chinese Coast Guard..

“Mahalaga ang pangingisda para sa buhay ng mga Pilipino at kabuhayan ng mga mismong mangingisda. Dapat ipagpatuloy ng mga mangingisda ang pangingisda. Dahil sa desisyon na pabor sa Pilipinas, labag sa international law at malaking kahihiyan ng Tsina sa bawat iskandalo bunga ng pananakit o pagtataboy sa mga walang armas na mangingisdang Pilipino,” he said.

Sison said a binding contract on oil and gas exploration would be better than allowing a US military base on Philippine soil as it will bring profit, and will help grow the country's economy. That will mean better social services, better infrastructure and stronger defenses, he said.

For now, Sison said, he favors bilateral negotiations between the two countries.  “Pero puwede ring tumakbo ang diplomasya at magkaroon ng ilang areglo at kasunduan sa pamamagitan ng bilateral negotiations ng Pilipinas at Tsina. Mukhang ito ang gusto ni President [Rodrigo] Duterte,” he said.

On Sunday, fisherfolk in Zambales were cautioned against fishing in the Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) despite a favorable ruling given to the Philippines by an arbitration court in The Hague, Netherlands, rejecting China’s claims over the disputed waters. Zambales governor said the fisherfolk must wait for the impending negotiations and avoid escalating tensions caused by the ruling.

RELATED: Fishers advised to avoid Panatag Shoal despite UN tribunal ruling

Philstar
Facebook
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with
Read and share the latest news
whenever and wherever you are.
Top Stories
Features the most relevant stories,
exclusive content, analyses and special reports.
As It Happens
Get bite-sized highlights and up-to-date
information as the news breaks.
Latest
View the most recent
stories of the day.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 1
Click the story in the As it Happens section.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 2
Click "Follow Story" for updates on the news.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Author
STEP 1
Click on the author's name in the article.
How to follow Author
STEP 2
Once you click on the author's name, you will be
brought to the Authors page. Click "Follow Author"
to stay updated on the author's works
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Tags
STEP 1
Click on a tag in the article.
How to follow Tags
STEP 2
When you click on a tag, it will take you to the
dedicated tag page where you'll see the article
viewed, along with other stories with that tag.

Click the "follow tag" button to stay updated on
the topic.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.