PH eyes diplomatic protest vs China

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AFTER being criticized for being “soft” on China, the Philippines is considering filing a diplomatic protest against Beijing following reports that it has installed sophisticated weapon systems in several disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

In an interview with Kyodo News, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. was quoted as saying that Manila is “considering other diplomatic initiatives and legal processes allowed under international law” on Beijing’s renewed provocative move.

The report did not elaborate what “diplomatic initiatives and legal processes” he was referring but Charles Jose, spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs, said the top diplomat could be planning a “diplomatic protest.”

“Diplomatic [initiatives]could refer to filing of diplomatic protest. I’m not sure about legal because we already got [an]arbitral award,” Jose said in a text message.


But as of now, he said, no formal discussions on this matter have been made.
“None, as far as I know,” the official said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier said he will set aside the ruling of the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration and not impose anything on China despite the reported militarization of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies reported last week that aside from anti-aircraft guns, China installed what appears to be Close-In Weapons Systems on all seven of the artificial islands it has built. These installations were spotted at Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs in the Spratly Islands and Gaven, Hughes, Johnson, and Cuarteron (Calderon) reefs.

The Philippines is claiming Calderon reef, which is near Kalayaan island in Palawan.

In a press briefing in Beijing on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said China is firmly upholding its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the contested waters.

“It is worth noting that it is China’s right as a sovereign state under the international law to conduct construction or deploy necessary homeland defense facilities on relevant islands and reefs, whether or not China is doing this,” she said.

The official called on relevant parties to approach the issue “in an objective and reasonable way and not read too much into it.”

“China is committed to peacefully resolving relevant disputes with countries directly concerned through negotiation and consultation, and maintaining peace and stability of the South China Sea together with ASEAN countries,” she said.

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  1. Now that DU30 government has burned those bridges (US), you will find yourself all alone in this
    situation. Smart move…..

  2. I’ll wage my war in spiritual..

    Father God, You have made it known that the battle here in this world is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against principalities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

    And the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have Divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

    That in the Name of Jesus Christ, every stronghold in our land will fall down, the stronghold of love of mammon, stronghold of idolatry and self-worship, stronghold of corruption and violence, that Satanic spirit of pride, envy, hatred, lies and insecurities shall all bow down in the Name of Jesus. That the work of darkness shall be exposed, For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light. And Your Words shall extinguish all forms of darkness that are emanating in the land of Philippines.

    Let there be a collective hunger for Your Word ever in our land. And You O Lord will reveal Yourself to those who truly seek You and Your righteousness. That God’s righteousness will prevail and reign in our nation because righteousness exalts a nation. And this I claim to be a portion of our nation as You will it. Let there be a Mighty revival in our land the Philippines in Jesus most Precious Name I pray! So be it Lord, so be it! Amen

  3. Sad very sad I am. To what is happening to my mother lànd. I have lost confidence
    on the present government stripped naked of all respect for this government will send us back to milestone of yesterday. We have a president whose word cannot stand alone w/o backup from his speaker, whose word he spits is like a puke of a crazy dog that he leaked back for dinner,

  4. Keep it simple, stupid. The ultimate goal of China is to turn those stolen islands for military purpose. It is only the United States who can stop China. The question is, shall the United States do it?

  5. Oh so sad. I heard Duterte it was PH, China and Russia against the world. So guess what? Rest of world already abandoned you all. Go to hell Duterte and PH.

  6. Yonkers, New York
    24 December 2016

    Obviously, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs PERFECTO YASAY needs to be reminded that in the territorial-dispute case the Philippines brought against China before the UN Peremanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the PCA handed down its July 12, 2016 ruling favoring the Philippines, and moreover, declaring that China’s arbitrary “NINE-DASH LINE” had no basis in International Law [UNCLOS].

    China does not have “historic sovereignty” over those disputed maritime structures in the West Philippine Sea. Period.

    The Philippines now has the perfect right to ask China to dismantle all that it has constructed on those disputed maritime structures, including all military weapons and paraphernalia, and, moreover restore those maritime structures to their original pristine condition-at its cost. After doing these, China should then have the decency to get out of those disputed places FOREVER. It should also pay appropriate and enough in DAMAGES.

    That should the content of a DIPLOMATIC PROTEST to China by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfecto Yasay should be.

    MARIANO PATALINJUG
    patalinjugmar@gmail.com