Duterte stops joint patrols in disputed sea

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said the Philippines will no longer conduct any joint naval patrols with other countries in the West Philippine Sea.

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In his speech during the anniversary of the Presidential Airlift Wing at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, Duterte said the Philippine troops will patrol the country’s own territory.

“We will not join any expedition of patrolling the seas. I will not allow it because I do not want my country to be involved in a hostile act. When you patrol not on the high seas but someone else’s territory, whether it is really owned by us, which the law says, that’s beside the point,” he said.

“The point is I do not want to ride gung-ho style there with China or with America. I just want to patrol our territorial waters,” the President added.

Duterte reminded China of ruling of an arbitral tribunal favoring the Philippines.

“So may I remind China again: Beyond the territorial waters are the entitlements of the sea, yung napanalo natin (what we won) but it is not part of our territory. It is part of our Exclusive Economic Zone,” the President said.

“The territory is limited to the 12-mile limit. So that is ours. We do not go into a patrol or join any other army from now on because I do not want trouble,” he added. CATHERINE S. VALENTE

 

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  1. Ignacio Balbutin on

    If the President will give up our rights on scarborough shoal, then that is treason. He is giving up the shoal oozing with quadrillion barrels of oil and gas which is the hope of our children and children’s children. It is the hope of all filipinos and the President is giving it to the chinese. This is truly a treasonous acts

  2. I honestly don’t understand President Du30 administration. I don’t know where he is leading the nation. What I had found from him is his leadership is always carried over consistently by his temper, undefined foreign policies, simplistic perception of governance. I can’t believe it!

    • His foreign policies are clear. Under his watch, he is not going to be the US lapdog.

      The US with of the help largely from ex-Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario (also ex-Philippines ambassador to US) managed to con Phillipines administration under Aquino III to take a confrontational stance against China. The US in her rivalry with China to maintain US’s hegemony in the Asia Pacific successfully coaxed PH to agree to be in the frontline against China and within Asean, with little political or economic benefits to PH. The US is largely the benefactor of the quarrels between China and PH.

      Duterte saw it as not in the national interest of PH.

  3. Not to patrol the conflict areas in the south china sea is contempt of the UN Arbitrar Court on ITLOS, which ruled that both parties (China and the PHL) shall enforce the ruling (including patrolling the contested areas). Besides, the PHL is under treaty obligations to join other countries in military exercise.

  4. PROC needs raw materials like metallic ores and industrial minerals that RP has for example : gold, nickel, silver, copper, platinum, and lead, not to forget gemstones, quarry products as simple as sand and gravel. Any mining company that produces ore for PROC and violates DENR regulations and get closed will be a big headache for the PROC companies . . . . . . Agricultural products too. The PROC mango eaters can make a big stink if their mango and banana supplies from RP dry up. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . So the RP Wonder Woman and Superman (pivotal and vital ministries against PROC) are DENR Sec Gina Lopez and DepAgri Sec Manuel Pinol. Who woulda thunk . . . . Ah yes . . .Those two Chinese “investors” did not speak for the PROC National Peoples Congress who by the way decides the directions that Li and Xi (Ma lik si) go or take in behalf of the PROC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Canadian Circle for Asian Issues . . . .

  5. Ang yabang talaga ng psychopath president na ito. Baka bukas, iba na naman. Where are the opposition people? Why are they so scared of this maniac president?

  6. Its time na for AFP to turn-against DU30, its a matter of time that you the entire AFP will be turn-over to communist.
    He is destroying the Phillippines, dividing the country under the cover of federalism.
    Time to take him out.
    He even authorised Indonesia to execute Mary Jane Veloso.
    He will use AFP and PNP for his lunatic plan of making Philippines a communist country under the cover of drug war.
    To date no Big fish has been captured in his drug war, no vigilante has been arrested.
    AFP, this is a time to rise up again against this dictator.