This file picture taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial view of a reef in the disputed Spratly islands. Chinese President Xi Jinping asked the Philippines to "set aside" an international arbitral ruling on the South China Sea favoring Manila in return for oil and gas revenues, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte said late on Sept. 10, 2019.
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Palace rejects Del Rosario's call for Philippines to raise arbitral win at UN meet
Alexis Romero (Philstar.com) - September 18, 2019 - 8:21pm

MANILA, Philippines — Bringing up the arbitral ruling on the West Philippine Sea row during the United Nations General Assembly would be a "futile exercise" because the international body cannot enforce it, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has urged the Duterte administration to talk about the Philippines' legal victory against China during the 74th regular session of the UN General Assembly this month.

Del Rosario said the assembly would be an excellent opportunity for the Philippines to move forward its position on The Hague ruling, which invalidated Beijing's expansive maritime claim and upheld Manila's sovereign rights over its exclusive economic zone.

READ: 'China will scoop all fish in West Philippine Sea'

The country's former top envoy said the Philippines could present a case for the UN "to reassert that right is might and the rule of law must be upheld."

He noted that Nicaragua had asked the UN to require the United States to adhere to a ruling by the International Court of Justice.

But presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo claimed Del Rosario's approach might not work.

"For one, it’s futile exercise. Why? because UN has no enforcement force," he said.

"He is citing the case of Nicaragua. Did anything happen there? None. It remained the same," he added.

READ: US slams 'bullying' in South China Sea

Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte finds his present approach on China effective.

"There is impasse but the talks are still ongoing. At the same time, he negotiates with respect to other areas of concern mutually beneficial to both (countries)," he added.  

China has refused to recognize the arbitral ruling but has expressed readiness to hold bilateral negotiations with the Philippines.

Panelo said there would be no significant impact even if Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. talks about the arbitral ruling during the UN assembly in New York.

Locsin is scheduled to address the international body on September 28.

READ: China claims naming South China Sea islands with English names

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LATEST UPDATE: September 15, 2019 - 4:22pm

The United States Navy's Nimitz-class nuclear powered supercarrier USS John C. Stennis continues underway in the South China Sea.

The US Pacific Command just reported that it has received "cargo" from support ship USNS Rainier in the disputed waters.

September 15, 2019 - 4:22pm

Vice President Leni Robredo chides presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, telling him that he should be better informed of what exactly President Duterte has stated before presenting his own "interpretation," so they can stop contradicting each other in public.

Her statement comes after Panelo called her out for "misplaced and flamboyant remarks" in response to the president's remark about ignoring the arbitral ruling for a joint oil and gas exploration deal with China.

"Litong lito talaga ako, kasi ang sinasabi ni pangulo, iba sa sinasabi niya. Nagsabi si pangulo na i-set aside iyong arbitral ruling; ang sabi niya, hindi iyon iyong gustong sabihin," Robredo says on her weekly radio show, BISErbisyong LENI on RMN-DZXL 558.

Robredo says the administration should put a stop to this "practice" as contradictions between the president's statements and Panelo's "clarifications" only make things even more confusing for the people. 

August 20, 2019 - 8:59pm

The White House accuses China of "bullying tactics" in the increasingly tense waters of the South China Sea and says it will resist Beijing on the dispute.

"China’s recent escalation of efforts to intimidate others out of developing resources in the South China Sea is disturbing," President Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton tweets.

"The United States stands firmly with those who oppose coercive behavior and bullying tactics which threaten regional peace and security."

 

 

— AFP

July 31, 2019 - 8:22am

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana should do more than acknowledge China's harassment and bullying of Filipinos in the West Philippine Sea, activist fsherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) says.

"Finally, a high-ranking official from the Duterte administration has recognized that there is an actual harassment of Filipino fishers in our own territorial waters. But we dare Mr. Lorenzana to walk the talk, if he is aware and is already fed up by the Chinese bullying and the subservience of his commander-in-chief Rodrigo Duterte to the foreign aggressor, then he must decisively act to stand with the Filipino fisherfolk and the people in upholding our sovereign and territorial rights," the group says in a statement.

Lorenzana on Tuesday said in response to Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua speech at the anniversary of China's People's Liberation Army that China is a peace-loving nation that he considers China's takeover of Scarborough Shoal, also called Panatag and Bajo de Masinloc, as bullying.

July 11, 2019 - 9:18am

An overwhelming majority of Filipinos believe it is important to that the Philippines regain control of islands in the West Philippine Sea that are occupied by China, the latest Social Weather Stations survey suggests.

SWS says 93% of respondents in its Second Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey said it is important "that the control of the islands that China currently occupies in the West Philippine Sea be given back to the Philippines," with 74% answering it is "very important" and 19% saying it is "somewhat important".

In contrast, 1% each said it is "somewhat not important" and "not at all important". Another 4% were undecided, SWS says.
 
"The latest figure of 93% saying it is very important/somewhat important that the Philippines regain control of the China-occupied islands in the West Philippine Sea is 4 points above the 89% (72% very important, 17% somewhat important) in December 2018. It was 87% (72% very important, 15% somewhat important) in September 2018, and also 87% (69% very important, 18% somewhat important) in June 2018," SWS also says.

In the same survey, 89% said it is "not right for the government to leave China alone with its infrastructures and military presence in the claimed territories," SWS says. It adds the proportion has increased steadily in four surveys conducted since June 2018.

July 5, 2019 - 12:37pm

While the Philippines is still verifying the incident, fellow maritime claimant Vietnam joins the United States in raising concern over China's missile test in the South China Sea, which Vietnam calls the "East Sea."

"Vietnam suggests that all activities in the East Sea (South China Sea) should respect sovereignty and legitimate and legal interests of countries and observe international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, contributing to regional peace, security, stability and cooperation," Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang says in a statement.

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