MANILA, Philippines — The “whims” of a overseas energy dealing with the entire South China Sea as its territory will under no circumstances make “unlawful” maritime statements “lawful,” Senate President Vicente Sotto III explained on Tuesday.
Sotto’s pronouncement comes immediately after US Point out Secretary Michael Pompeo issued a statement rejecting nearly all of China’s promises in the contested waters.
“What is illegal can in no way be created lawful by the whims and caprices of a overseas power which treats the overall South China Sea as its territory,” Sotto mentioned.
“We shall hardly ever and must not shut up into offering up our offshore treasures. Let us proceed to keep palms in our struggle for our sovereign rights,” he additional.
The Philippines lately commemorated the 4th anniversary of the historic ruling by the Permanent Courtroom of Arbitration (PCA) in the Hague on July 12, 2016, which invalidated China’s expansive promises around the total South China Sea.
The ruling also upheld the Philippines’ legal rights in excess of its 200-nautical mile distinctive economic zone (EEZ) beneath the United Nations Conference on the Regulation of the Sea (UNCLOS).
International Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. earlier mentioned the Hague tribunal’s final decision rendered in favor of the Philippines is “non-negotiable.”
But the Chinese Embassy in Manila claimed that the PCA ruling was “illegal and invalid.”
Sotto stated the Philippine government ought to actively assert its sovereign authority in excess of its territorial assets and “never waver” in its defense of its maritime possessions.
“We must by no means give up the combat for what is lawfully ours. We must by no means cower in worry from the harassment and political intimidation that foreign governments impose on us,” he went on.
“We should really stand agency and verify that we as a country (stay) united in our frequent want to assert and protect our sovereign jurisdiction,” he included.
‘Get out of our waters’
Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros slammed China’s recurring refusal to figure out the PCA ruling.
“Hindi pwedeng isasantabi ang ating soberanya at kalayaan (We really should not set aside our sovereignty and flexibility),” she wrote on Twitter.
Hindi pwedeng isaisantabi ang ating soberanya at kalayaan.
China should really regard our victory at The Hague, shell out for the hurt in the West Philippine Sea, and get out of our waters and off our islands. https://t.co/uASUDBWOMU
— risa hontiveros (@risahontiveros) July 14, 2020
“China should regard our victory at The Hague, shell out for the problems in the West Philippine Sea, and get out of our waters and off our islands,” she added.
In April, Hontiveros filed a Senate resolution urging the Duterte administration to “exert authorized and diplomatic pressure” upon China to finish its activities in the West Philippine Sea and to pay out payment to the country for the broken reefs.
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