China caper not just a PH concern

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MISCHIEF ON THE REEF Satellite images posted on the website of the Center for Strategic and International Studies show a flotilla of Chinese vessels dredging sand onto Mischief Reef presumably to strengthen Beijing’s territorial claims over areas in the West Philippine Sea prompted US President Barack Obama to make a pitch in support of the Philippines and Vietnam. PHOTOS BY ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE AND DIGITALGLOBE AND AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

MISCHIEF ON THE REEF
Satellite images posted on the website of the Center for Strategic and International Studies show a flotilla of Chinese vessels dredging sand onto Mischief Reef presumably to strengthen Beijing’s territorial claims over areas in the West Philippine Sea prompted US President Barack Obama to make a pitch in support of the Philippines and Vietnam. PHOTOS BY ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE AND DIGITALGLOBE AND AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

Defense spokesperson Peter Paul Galvez on Friday said China’s reclamation works in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) will cause a major shift in regional peace and security if the activities not immediately stopped and dismantled.

China’s building activities on the disputed waterway, according to him, are not only the concern of the Philippines but of the entire international community.

“[They are] of grave concern and a great threat to our national security. If not immediately stopped and dismantled, [they]will cause a major shift in regional peace and security.

[They] will have impact on multiple dimensions of national security today and in the long term,” Galvez said.


Malacañang also on Friday welcomed US President Barack Obama’s concern over China’s aggressive acts in the West Philippine Sea as it reiterated Manila’s opposition to the Asian giant’s reclamation activities.

Its deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said Manila continues to bring up the issue through diplomatic channels.

“The government is strongly opposed to any reclamation work being done in disputed areas of the West Philippine Sea. In fact, [the Department of]Foreign Affairs immediately filed a diplomatic protest when it learned of the work at the first instance,” she added.

“We are committed to pursuing legal and diplomatic tracks as grounded in President Aquino’s policy of a peaceful and rules-based approach to resolving the maritime disputes,” Valte said.

In an interview on ABS-CBN news channel’s “Headstart,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose insisted that the contested Mischief Reef is part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

“It is part of our 200-nautical mile continental shelf, so only the Philippines has the exclusive sovereign right and jurisdiction to this Mischief Reef. So China cannot appropriate the Mischief Reef as part of its territory,” Jose said.

“[These] reclamation work[s]being done by China [are]really a big concern not only for the Philippines but for all claimant countries that have claims over maritime territories in the South China Sea,” he added.

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  1. China reclaimation is alarming , BUT Malaysia MILF and BBL are immediate
    Existential threat to the Philippines .
    Correct if I am wrong , there is a provision in the BBL that states the bangsa moro
    Region can annex neighboring region with only 10% of popular vote of that region
    Consider the Whole of Mindanao Annexed.

  2. I was told – Castllian-sounding names were those persons subjugated by the Spaniards. Ergo, those without, were revolutionaries hid in caves, forests, etc. Generally speaking, they were the brave ones.

    Mr. Catapang, I surmise that your first surname was Kaytapang, descriptive narrative of your ancestors. Why don’t you send wooden boats to dynamite those areas under reclamation by the yellow-colored.

    Hayaan mo na ang DFA. They enjoy talking.

  3. While we protest China build islands,this is what happen when we have a coward President and a crook DND.

  4. Obama is more concerned with our territories!
    and Bill Gates more concerned with hunger..
    and our Presidents response? – zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    our Legislative response! – zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    our Judiciary response ? – zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    our Armed Forces ? – theyre still watching who will get the biggest commission on those aging choppers and hunting down the whistleblower.

    ARE WE STILL A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY ? – you decide!……
    DO WE STILL HAVE A FUNCTIONING GOVERNMENT? – you decide..

    • China knows our predicament that is why construction of structures in the disputed waters is being done in haste.Once they are there, it will be very difficult to eject them. We need help. USA is not doing anything despite our being “good” friends. I think it would be better to ask help from a country who is openly at odds with China-India. India is also a big country and has a strong armed forces.

    • The structure that is being constructed in the middle of Spratlys should be declared by the United Nations as a free international airport and sea port for commercial or emergency use and just managed by China but should not be in any way be created as a military base or for military purposes because it just creates tension in the whole of Southeast Asia. The earlier the resolution by the United Nations the better for all the countries in Asia.

    • Our President keeps mum on this issue who has a blood line of chinese descendant..Senators Congressmen are also deaf and mute as most of their election donors are rich Fil chinese businessmen from the Phils..They dont threat this seriously only the never ending mamasapano tragedy..AFP? hopeless as only good in you tube video presenting Modern Acquisition of Military Air force and Navy Hardware but was not used in defending our fishermen bullied by china coast guard..better surrender the reefs and shoals to china in the West Philippine Sea as their will be no issue anymore.

  5. They don’t care if the Chinese of the ISIS invades the Philippines… why? Because they’ll be gone by then and couldn’t care less for Juan Dela Cruz.
    The same goes for those so called “power brokers”, the filthy rich, who monitors their heart and blood pressure by their Swiss accounts and investments.
    Note: Not all of them, BUT so few have done much good. God HELP us. Deliver us from these evil men & woman

  6. NONE! At its present form and composition can be seen or felt such “concern” from the Corporation of National Defense. With its current “executives” and board of demons still in place.
    They simply don’t give a F_ _ K for this nation.