Only us can stop china – carpio

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STEERING A NEW COURSE President Rodrigo Duterte leads the commissioning of BRP Tubbataha during the 115th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila on Wednesday. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

STEERING A NEW COURSE President Rodrigo Duterte leads the commissioning of BRP Tubbataha during the 115th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila on Wednesday. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

ONLY the United States can stop China’s grip in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-American stance.

At the close of joint exercises between the Philippine and US marines on Wednesday, Carpio said the Philippines should continue joint patrols with the US to protect its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) as mandated by the 1987 Constitution.

“There is only one power on earth that can stop the Chinese from poaching in our EEZ. That is the US,” said Carpio who was the guest of honor and speaker at the closing ceremony of the 33rd Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercise at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig late Tuesday afternoon.

Article 12, Section 2 of the Constitution states that: “The State shall protect the nation’s marine wealth in its
archipelagic waters, territorial sea, and exclusive economic zone, and reserve its use and enjoyment exclusively to Filipino citizens.”


Also on Tuesday, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said the country would not be able to survive external threats without the US, disputing a statement by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana that the country could do without Washington’s military support.

President Duterte has been attacking the US over its criticism of his anti-drug war, and said he would seek closer ties with China and Russia.

Malampaya attack feared

Carpio said the country would lose billions of pesos if the Malampaya natural gas project off Palawan, Metro Manila’s power source, is attacked. The only way to protect it is to send patrol ships in the disputed waters, he said.

“The Philippines must protect its EEZ. That’s the mandate of the Constitution … if a foreign fishing vessel will poach on our waters in the EEZ, the only way we can stop them is to have a patrol there, there’s no other way,” he added.

Col. Edgard Arevalo, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office, said Task Force Malampaya has been patrolling the area.

“The task force, including our headquarters Naval Forces West and Westcom (Western Command) frequent Malampaya. So in the process they are on the lookout for any threats to the continuous operation of Malampaya,” he said.

Asked to comment on Carpio’s statement that the AFP has the duty to patrol the country’s EEZ, Arevalo said: “Everybody agrees to the Constitution because that is the supreme law of the land.”

Still, no war games

On Wednesday, President Duterte stood firm on his decision to end the annual joint military exercises between the Philippine and the United States.

Called “Balikatan,” meaning shoulder to shoulder, the exercises have been the cornerstone of Philippine-US military relations since the US bases in the Philippines shut down more than two decades ago.

In his speech during the 115th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday, Duterte said he had told the Defense Secretary Lorenzana “not to prepare anymore” for next year’s military exercises with the US.
“I don’t want it anymore,” he said.

The President reiterated he would maintain the military alliance with the US while the Philippines charts an “independent” course.

“I’ll chart an independent foreign policy. We will not break our alliances … But we need not really, you know, break or abrogate existing treaties because they said it would provide us with the umbrella,” Duterte said.

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  1. The best way to win a war is without firing a shot. Go with your strengths, understand your weaknesses, know your allies, know your enemies even better. Sometimes going with a long view is better than short term saber rattling – especially if you saber is a small one. There may be more subtle and beneficial ways to defend an EEZ. Portraying everything in terms of a China vs. USA (or Philippine) military show down may be outdated cold war thinking.

    You know, even China remains one of the USA’s top trading partners. Isn’t there something to be learned from that?

  2. “ONLY the United States can stop China’s grip in the West Philippine Sea ” – It (joint patrol) sure did not stop them (China) from building their bases in the reefs, and it definitely didn’t stop them from harassing our fishermen in our own seas.

    “The Philippines must protect its EEZ. That’s the mandate of the Constitution … if a foreign fishing vessel will poach on our waters in the EEZ, the only way we can stop them is to have a patrol there, there’s no other way,” – Agreed, but since when did the US become part of the Philippines. We must have our own vessels to protect our seas and not be reliant with foreign powers. We never really tried to build up our forces since we always relied on the US to defend us, but now that were facing the challenge from China, what did the US say: Sure we will help you “IF” you get attacked…huh?

  3. Samuel Abiertos on

    You said: “Only us can stop China.” Maybe so, Hon.Justice Carpio, maybe so, but do tell us quick precisely how!

  4. This is a test of loyalty for the Arm Forces of the Philippines. Loyalty to depend the constitution of the country or follow blindly the questionable plans of the president. That majority of the Filipinos do not agree with.

    • That majority of the Filipinos do not agree with.
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      Isn’t it that the majority of the Filipinos gave Duterte the mandate to govern ?

    • you talk about majority of the Filipino people … well I have news for you, in case you haven’t noticed, a majority of the Filipino voters voted duterte to be the president back in may 2016.

  5. The verbal war over the South Asian Sea or the West Philippine Sea will not be concluded soon. It will go on and on even after PreRoD’s term is over. There are more pressing issues as PreRoD insists his war on drug is continuous. Chemists anywhere can create designer drugs 10x, 100x more powerful than natural opioids and it is available on the internet. Here is one from the PROChina which has already made its entry to Canada . . . https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/10/07/chemical-weapon-for-sale-chinas-unregulated-narcotic.html . . . . . . . . Canadian Circle on Asian Issues . . .