• Manila wants Asean to decide on naval drills

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    The Philippines wants Southeast Asian nations to discuss China’s proposal of holding naval drills with the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) countries in the South China Sea.

    “The Philippine position will be discussed in the ASEAN. Hintayin na lang po natin ‘yung magiging discussion na ito,” Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said when asked to comment on China’s proposal.

    China’s defense minister said on Friday he was willing to hold joint drills in the disputed South China Sea with Southeast Asian countries to prevent accidental encounters and for the effective conduct of search and rescue operations.

    China’s relations with several Southeast Asian countries, especially the Philippines and Vietnam, have soured in recent years because of the Asian giant’s assertive posture in the region.

    China has overlapping claims with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei in the South China Sea, which is a major sea lane for trade.

    As to the meeting of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin with the representative of China and the improving relations between the two countries, Valte reiterated the multifaceted relations of China and the Philippines despite their differences in the South China Sea issue.

    “We have always maintained that our relationship with China is multifaceted—meaning, maraming level, maraming pinag-uusapan,” Valte said.

    “At naniniwala naman tayo na kahit mayroong sigalot involving our neighbor, we will always endeavor to do well and to deepen the other facets of our relationship.”

    “Our lines of communication have always been open when it comes to discussing the other facets of our relationship.”

    Valte also commented on the plan of the US to fly surveillance planes in the West Philippine (South China) Sea to insist freedom of navigation saying it’s up to the US to carry out such military activities.

    The Philippines has no right to dictate on what another country wishes to do on a particular situation, she said.

    Valte emphasized however that freedom of navigation and regional stability must be maintained in the area because a good bulk of world trade passes through that region.
    “It is important that parties are free to pass through without any intimidation or harassment, and everyone follows international law,” she said.

    PNA

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    3 Comments

    1. alvin stamaria on

      Manlilinlang na naman ang mga yan….dapat diyan stone-faced pag kaharap sila..maski alam nilang wala tayong laban sa kanila at least alam nila na hindi tayo naniniwala sa mga sinasabi nila…..puro media release lang at ang punto niyan..ang Foreign Ministry nila ay parang walang sinabi…walang boses sa govenment bureaucracy…ang nasusunod ay ang military nila……kailangan humingi 0 bumili at i-accelerate ang pagbili ng mga fast sea craft at barko at eroplano ng magpa-patrol sa WPS………

    2. >>>China ay China !!! Ayon sa kanila at laging sinasabi ng pamahalaan nila…. lahat ng tubig sakop ng South China Sea ay kanila lamang !!!
      Naval drill na alok ay isang panlilinlang lamang. Nais lamang malaman ng China kung ano totoong kakayahan ng Pilipinas at ng bansa na kaalyado ng USA. At para rin maguluhan ang USA. Ito isang multi-military tactics.
      Noon sa Panatag shoal (Scarborrough), sabi nila mangingisda at maritime vessels lang ngayon ano na? military vessels na ang nagbabantay ?
      Ang China sadyang manlilinlang, tulad yan ng mga negosyante Chinese sa ating bansa. sa simula napakabait pero kapag napagsimula at nakuha na ang iyong tiwala lalamunin ka na ng buong-buo.
      Ang kasabihan nila …”ok lang, kahit kaunti kita basta kung maramihan naman basta mahalaga araw -araw at matagalan panahon may kinikita”.
      Pumasyal kayo sa Binondo, mabibilang na sa daliri kung ilan ang Pilipino nakatira at may negosyo roon. Ngayon mula Apari hanggang Jolo may mga chinese naninirahan at nagnenegosyo roon.
      Ilang dekada na lang buong manila at karatig puok tatawagin Chinese region o Metropolitan Chinese sa Pilipinas, hindi na MetroManila.

    3. No way to have drill with China who now occupies islands belonging to PH, Vietnam and some other ASEAN countries. Drill for what?. Drills, so they can show their force.
      The best action would be for China to get out of the Spratley Islands which is not theirs and they can have their own drill.