PH files 2 diplomatic protests vs Chinese aggression in West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has lodged two diplomatic protests against China’s aggression in the West Philippine Sea, accusing China of violating international law and Philippine sovereignty. @DFAPHL we worked on this the whole day. And that is all that will be said on it because diplomatic notes are strictly confidential between the two states parties. Period. https://t.co/cTXv4W9T9z — Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) April 22, 2020 “At 5:17 p.m. today, the Chinese Embassy received two diplomatic protests: 1. on the pointing of a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship in PH…

China Expected to Ignore Philippine Protest over Upgrade of a Disputed Islet | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China is expected to ignore a Philippine protest against creation of an “administrative center” on a disputed islet because Manila has few means to follow up, but the outcry could throttle Beijing’s eventual pursuit of more legal control over  Asia’s most hotly disputed sea.    The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs on April 30 rejected China’s “illegal designation” of Fiery Cross Reef as an administrative center, according to the department’s website. Chinese officials point to historical usage records as support for their claims to numerous features in the…

Hontiveros urges gov’t to make China pay for environmental damage in West Philippine Sea

Hontiveros urges gov’t to make China pay for environmental damage in West Philippine Sea (Philstar.com) – April 27, 2020 – 3:03pm MANILA, Philippines — Senator Risa Hontiveros urged the executive branch to exert pressure on China over its activities in the West Philippine Sea that have caused “severe and irreparable” damage in the area. The opposition senator filed Senate Resolution 369 calling on the executive branch to exert legal and diplomatic pressure on Beijing to cease all “ecologically destructive activities” in the West Philippine Sea and pay reparations for…

China sets up mental health stations for its troops in West Philippine Sea, says report

MANILA, Philippines—China has set up mental health stations on its occupied islands and reefs in the West Philippine Sea, which indicated that Beijing was completing its conquest of disputed areas with full medical support to its soldiers. On April 7, Jiang Chunlei, a psychology professor of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Naval Medical University, went to Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) Reef to provide mental health counseling for soldiers, the Chinese PLA news website said in a report on Friday (April 17). After the visit, the first batch of mental health service…

Why Philippine Solidarity With Vietnam In South China Sea Fishing Row Matters – Analysis

The South China Sea flashpoint continues to spark trouble among claimants despite a spiraling pandemic. Early this month, the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat by a Chinese coast guard vessel off the disputed Paracel Islands led the Philippines to issue a statement of concern and solidarity with its Southeast Asian neighbor. The statement released by the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs is informed by Manila’s own exercise of utmost restraint in dealing with foreign fishermen and its desire to downplay and manage fishing incidents. The coronavirus scuttled Vietnam’s chance to place…

Why Philippine Solidarity With Vietnam in South China Sea Fishing Row Matters – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Security | Southeast Asia Philippines expresses concern and solidarity with Vietnam over a fishing row with China in the South China Sea.  Advertisement The South China Sea flashpoint continues to spark trouble among claimants despite a spiraling pandemic. Early this month, the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat by a Chinese coast guard vessel off the disputed Paracel Islands led the Philippines to issue a statement of concern and solidarity with its Southeast Asian neighbor. The statement released by the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs is informed by Manila’s own exercise of…

China puts up new research stations on PH-claimed reefs in West Philippine Sea

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 23) — China has established two new research stations in the West Philippine Sea, Beijing’s state news agency reported. Xinhua reported March 20 that two research stations under the Integrated Research Center for Islands and Reefs of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have begun operating on Kagitingan Reef, which China calls Yongshu Reef, and on Zamora Reef, which is known to Beijing as Zhubi Reef. The research center’s base is located at Panganiban Reef, which China calls Meiji Reef. Kagitingan, Zamora and Panganiban reefs are…

Key role in COVID-19 fight won’t peel PH military away from West Philippine Sea duty

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine military, which is now playing a key role in the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, continued to perform other critical tasks, like its operations in the West Philippine Sea. The Naval Forces West (NFW), in a statement, said although the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is gripping the entire country, the NFW has “instituted measures to ensure sustained operations in the West Philippine Sea.” The NFW said its priority was to protect personnel in their West Philippine Sea tasks. On Thursday, the NFW gave recognition to Navy…

Devastation of Philippine maritime wealth

SENATOR Manny Pacquiao was heard in the radio explaining his vote against the resolution forwarded by Senator Franklin Drilon and others that opposed the Philippines’ withdrawal from the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States of America. This was before the nCovid became the maelstrom that it is now. Senator Pacquiao tried his best to put across his understanding of the principle in statutory construction, inclusio unius est exclusio alterius. Lawyers are taught that the express mention of one thing means the exclusion of another. Statutory construction comes into play…

As world is on edge over COVID-19, it’s ‘business as usual’ for China in West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines — A Chinese military transport plane has been spotted on Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef, a Philippine-claimed territory but now being occupied by China in the West Philippine Sea. Analysts said the sighting of the Chinese military aircraft in the area was a sign of unceasing Chinese military operations in the South China Sea despite global anxiety over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which started in China. Satellite image posted by ImageSat International (ISI), a commercial provider of high-resolution satellite images, showed a Chinese Y-8 transport aircraft on March…