Locsin on China’s Spratlys claim: We say no, it’s ours

MANILA, Philippines —Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Tuesday refuted China’s claims of the Spratly Islands, saying that “it’s ours.” “He says it’s theirs, you know, we may have different views of what kind of society China is to the Philippines, but we know we’re democratic but in the world, in a society, the community of nations, it’s a democracy. And they can say what they want, the question is, we say no, it’s ours,” Locsin said in an interview with CNN Philippines. The foreign affairs chief’s statement comes…

PH claims on Spratlys, WPS solid: DND chief

MANILA — The country’s claims on the Spratly islands and West Philippine Sea are on solid ground. Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana made this statement after the Chinese Foreign Ministry claimed that the Spratlys are part of its territory, citing historical and legal basis. “Despite the pronouncement of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, we stand on solid grounds on our claims in the Spratlys and the West Philippine Sea. There is the 1981 UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on The Law of the Sea) of which China is a…

China claims Spratlys within its territory, as Malacanang pushes back

MANILA (UPDATE) – China on Thursday maintained its claim on Spratlys Islands or Nansha Islands, unfazed by stern warnings issued by the Philippine government recently. “The Nansha Islands are within China’s territory, for which we have sufficient historical and legal basis,” said Chinese Foreign Minister spokesperson Lu Kang during a press conference on Thursday. Lu added that the rights of Chinese fishermen who have been fishing in the said waters in the South China Sea for thousands of years should not be challenged. Malacanang on Wednesday made it clear that…

China counters PH officials: Spratlys is ours

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) — China maintained its claim on the Spratlys Group of Islands amid strong words from Philippine officials that China “took” what “is ours,” and its vessels should leave the West Philippine Sea. “We have taken note of those remarks made by the Philippine officials,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said in his regular press conference Thursday. He stressed that Spratlys, which China calls Nansha Islands, “are within China’s territory, for which we have sufficient historical and legal basis.” The East Asian giant claims almost…

Spratlys ‘historically, legally’ ours – China spokesman

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang AFP FILE PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI MANILA, Philippines — China has maintained that the disputed Spratly Islands are within its territory as supported by “sufficient historical and legal basis.” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang made this assertion on Thursday in response to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin’s earlier statement upholding the Philippines’ claim over the West Philippine Sea. READ: West PH Sea: China took what is ours – Locsin READ: Palace: PH sovereignty ‘non-negotiable’ “We have taken note of those remarks made by…

Palace: No need for Duterte to ride jet ski to Spratlys; diplomatic protest is better

MANILA, Philippines — There is no need for President Rodrigo Duterte to ride a jet ski to Scarborough or Spratlys to assert Philippine sovereignty in the disputed area, Malacañang said Wednesday. “It will only be a drama if he goes there. The more better action would be to file a diplomatic protest and then raise that as an issue in bilateral meetings between the two countries,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in Palace briefing. In April 2016, ahead of the May national elections, the President who was then a presidential candidate, said he…

South China Sea Philippines protests vessels in Spratlys

The Philippines has protested the presence of more than 200 Chinese vessels that were sighted from January to March near a Philippine-occupied island in the disputed South China Sea, officials said. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Department of Foreign Affairs lodged the protest after the military monitored about 275 Chinese vessels near Thitu island, which is called Pag-asa by Filipinos, in the Spratlys, the most hotly contested region in the busy waterway. A regional military spokesman, Captain Jason Ramon, said the number of spotted Chinese boats was 217, about…

‘China’s Spratlys baseline plan exceeds nine-dash line’

‘China’s Spratlys baseline plan exceeds nine-dash line’ Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) – March 26, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — China’s plan to draw straight baselines around the Spratly Islands and declare much of South China Sea as part of its internal water closed to foreign planes and ships would further escalate tensions in the region, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative  (AMTI). “China has made no secret of its intention to eventually declare straight baselines around the rest of…