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Title: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on January 17, 2017, 02:51:02 AM
Philippines issues first protest vs China under Duterte
(Associated Press)  | Updated January 16, 2017 - 4:22pm

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/01/16/1663254/philippines-issues-first-protest-vs-china-under-duterte

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest with China after a U.S. think thank reported that Beijing appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the strategically vital South China Sea, the country's top diplomat said Monday.

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said a note verbale was issued after the report came out last month.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies report said that anti-aircraft guns and close-in weapons systems designed to guard against missile attack have been placed on all seven of China's newly created islands.

Yasay told CNN Philippines that Manila had responded, but did so quietly.

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Title: Re: Philippines issues first protest vs China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on January 17, 2017, 04:21:55 PM
Philippines says protested against China arms buildup on South China Sea isles

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-philippines-china-idUSKBN1501E4?il=0

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest with China, its foreign minister said on Monday, over Beijing's installation last year of anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on its manmade islands in the disputed South China Sea.

The protest note was sent to the Chinese embassy in December, after confirmation of a report from the U.S.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies about a weapons buildup on seven artificial islands in the Spratlys.

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Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay told CNN Philippines it was important to raise concerns carefully, and not create a big row.

"I just want to assure the Filipino people that when we take action at engaging China in this dispute, we do not want to take such aggressive, provocative action that will not solve the problem," he said.

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Title: Re: Philippines issues first protest vs China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on January 18, 2017, 02:11:06 AM
Defense chief: China militarization in West PHL Sea 'very troubling'
Published January 17, 2017 2:43pm

China's militarization of artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea is troubling considering its government's call for peace amid the territorial dispute, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday.

"The actions of China in militarizing those disputed features are very troubling," Lorenzana said in a statement. "They do not square with the Chinese government's rhetoric that its purpose is peaceful and friendly."

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Title: Re: Philippines issues first protest vs China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on January 21, 2018, 02:49:33 PM
Duterte says China's Xi threatened war if Philippines drills for oil
Manuel Mogato

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-southchinasea-philippines-china/duterte-says-chinas-xi-threatened-war-if-philippines-drills-for-oil-idUKKCN18F1E9

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In remarks that could infuriate China, Duterte hit back at domestic critics who said he has gone soft on Beijing by refusing to push it to comply with an award last year by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which ruled largely in favour of the Philippines.

Duterte said he discussed it with Xi when the two met in Beijing on Monday, and got a firm, but friendly warning.

“We intend to drill oil there, if it’s yours, well, that’s your view, but my view is, I can drill the oil, if there is some inside the bowels of the earth because it is ours,” Duterte said in a speech, recalling his conversation with Xi.

“His response to me, ‘we’re friends, we don’t want to quarrel with you, we want to maintain the presence of warm relationship, but if you force the issue, we’ll go to war.”

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Title: Re: Philippines issues first protest vs China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on January 22, 2018, 03:23:15 AM
Philippines questions Chinese presence at Benham Rise
By Audrey Morallo (philstar.com) | Updated March 10, 2017 - 6:40pm

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/03/10/1679794/philippines-questions-chinese-presence-benham-rise

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) sent on Friday a letter to the Chinese embassy in Manila following reports on the presence of Chinese ships at Benham Rise which has been declared part of the country’s exclusive economic zone.

In a statement, DFA said that it had sent a note to the embassy of China to seek clarification on this reported incursion into the country’s territorial waters.

The Philippines also expressed its concern on the presence of Chinese ships in the area which has been recognized by the United Nations as part of the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines.

“The Philippines has expressed concern about the reported presence of Chinese ship in Benham Rise, which has been recognized by the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf as Philippine waters,” the DFA said.

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"We are concerned about the presence of a Chinese ship in Benham Rise, which has been recognized by the United Nations as part of the Philippines," Ernesto Abella, the presidential spokesperson, said in a statement.

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on February 12, 2018, 07:19:04 PM
Duterte already protested China 'militarization' of S. China Sea - spokesman
Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Feb 12 2018 03:31 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/12/18/duterte-already-protested-china-militarization-of-s-china-sea-spokesman

MANILA - Malacañang on Monday denied the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte had never protested China’s “militarization” in the South China Sea.

The Duterte administration has been criticized for supposedly letting China get away with construction activities in its artificial islands in disputed waters.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, however, said contrary to critics’ claims, “we have protested not only the building of islands but also the alleged ‘militarization’ of the islands.”

“The Philippine government has consistently filed protest. And even during the term of President Duterte, we have filed protest,” Roque said.

“[This is] in response to claims that we are not doing anything. We are doing what the government has deemed best to be done.”

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on February 17, 2018, 05:37:06 PM
Cayetano: Administration unwavering in duty to protect PH sea claims
By: Julius N. Leonen - @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net / 08:41 PM February 14, 2018

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday assured that the Duterte administration would be “unwavering” in protecting its territorial claims as it continued bilateral talks with China on the West Philippine Sea dispute.

In a statement on Wednesday, Cayetano disclosed that Filipino and Chinese delegates met for the second meeting of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea (BCM) on February 13, Tuesday.

Cayetano said that during the BCM, which served as a venue to settle differences “amicably,” the Philippine side brought up its “territorial claims and sovereignty rights issues, and discussed how to manage and prevent incidents on the ground.”

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on April 19, 2018, 06:03:34 AM
Cayetano: PH eyeing protest vs China planes on Mischief Reef

'We're taking the diplomatic action,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after two Chinese military planes were reportedly seen on Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef)
Paterno Esmaquel II
@paterno_ii
Published 5:20 PM, April 18, 2018
Updated 5:20 PM, April 18, 2018

https://www.rappler.com/nation/200516-alan-cayetano-philippines-eyeing-protest-china-military-planes-mischief-reef?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nation

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Wednesday, April 18, that the Philippines is considering filing a diplomatic protest against China over the reported sighting of two Chinese military planes on Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef).

Cayetano had previously said it is no longer the Philippines' strategy to file a diplomatic protest against China at "every opportunity we have."

"We're taking the diplomatic action," Cayetano said on Wednesday, reacting to the banner story of the Philippine Daily Inquirer about two Chinese military planes photographed on Panganiban Reef.

When asked if the diplomatic avenues include filing a diplomatic protest, Cayetano answered, "Yes, it may include that. It depends where and how."

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on May 21, 2018, 01:38:28 AM
Bilateral meeting

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Philippines already expressed concern over China’s recent activities in the disputed waters in a bilateral meeting held earlier this year.

Quoting Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Roque said the Philippines made use of the bilateral communication mechanism on the South China Sea to convey its take on recent developments.

“They talked about problems in the South China Sea. They discussed the installations of arms and airports in those islands. These were tackled in the bilateral meeting,” he said.

Asked if the Philippines filed a diplomatic protest or used the bilateral meeting to air its concerns, Roque said in a text message: “It was tackled and protests were filed. Both.”

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on June 01, 2018, 08:30:18 AM
Palace confirms diplomatic protest vs China
RUTH ABBEY GITA
12 hours ago

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1745807/Manila/Local-News/Palace-confirms-diplomatic-protest-vs-China

THE Philippines has filed a diplomatic note against China over Beijing’s aggressive military actions on its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea (West Philippine Sea), Malacañang confirmed Thursday, May 31.

“We did,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said in a text message to Palace reporters, when asked whether the Philippine government has lodged a diplomatic protest against China.

“The current administration has acted on incidents, which occurred in the disputed areas over the West Philippine Sea by taking diplomatic actions with China,” he added.

The filing of protest was part of the Philippine government’s bid to pursue all diplomatic avenues to address China’s massive land reclamation of the resource-rich South China Sea.

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China, which has expansive claims over the South China Sea, has reportedly continued to boost its war capabilities by “quietly” installing missile systems on Fiery Cross (Kagitingan), Subi (Zamora), and Mischief (Panganiban) reefs in the Spratly Islands.

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Roque assured that President Rodrigo Duterte was not giving up the Philippines’ sovereign rights to its territories in the contested waters.

“The President, who is the chief architect of the nation’s foreign policy, will not sit on our rights and will never give away even an inch of territory,” the Palace official said.

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on June 02, 2018, 01:58:18 PM
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1037278

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China gave PH 'assurance' on Ayungin incident: Cayetano

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora June 2, 2018, 12:50 pm

MANILA -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Friday China gave "assurance" to the Philippines regarding the latest "incident" in the disputed West Philippine Sea, which prompted the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to file a diplomatic protest against its giant neighbor.

Last May 11, a Philippine Navy boat resupplying Filipino troops at the Ayungin Shoal was allegedly challenged and harassed by the Chinese Coast Guard and China’s People's Liberation Army Navy.

Cayetano explained that the note verbale on the incident was filed just recently because it "was not settled immediately" through dialogue.

While he did not elaborate on the issue, the foreign affairs chief said the Philippines already received an assurance from China over the recent incident.

“It’s how we should talk and how our resupplying would not be hampered. And in fact, a feature already went here the other day. The conversation was good -- coast guard to coast guard,” Cayetano said in Filipino.

The country’s filing of a diplomatic protest was announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday, a day after a congressional hearing on issues concerning the West Philippine Sea was conducted, where Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano revealed the May 11 incident at the Ayungin Shoal.

The hearing and the announcement followed two separate meetings on the West Philippine Sea: one on Saturday where Cayetano and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua met, and the other one on Monday, where the foreign affairs secretary and Philippine Ambassador to Beijing Jose Santiago Sta. Romana and other high-level officials briefed the Chief Executive on the situation in the disputed waterway.

It was not clear, however, when the DFA issued the latest note verbale and when China gave its response.

“If I tell what was filed, where it was filed, et cetera, then it means I’m not following our policy. But as I said, this does not mean all remain classified. At one point in time, this will all come out,” Cayetano said in a mix of English and Filipino. (PNA)
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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on August 15, 2018, 11:15:40 AM
‘Someone will press a trigger’: Duterte says China’s claim to disputed islands’ airspace ‘is wrong’ and could be ‘flashpoint’ for conflict

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 August, 2018, 10:13pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2018, 4:11am

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2159719/duterte-chinas-claim-airspace-above-disputed-islands-wrong

The Philippine president said on Tuesday that China’s claim to airspace above newly built islands and surrounding waters in the disputed South China Sea “is wrong” and that Beijing’s demands that others leave those areas could become a “flashpoint” for conflict.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks in a speech to an audience that included the American ambassador and other foreign guests were a rare public criticism of China, which he has refused to antagonise to nurture closer relations.

“They have to rethink that, because that would be a flashpoint someday and even, you know, warning others,” Duterte said of China’s actions to uphold its claims in the disputed waters.

He also said that “I hope that China would temper … its behaviour”, warning that in the disputed sea, “one of these days a hothead commander there will just press a trigger”.

“You cannot create an island, it’s man-made, and you say that the air above these artificial islands is yours. That is wrong because those waters are what we consider international sea,” Duterte said.

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on August 17, 2018, 03:34:27 PM
‘Someone will press a trigger’: Duterte says China’s claim to disputed islands’ airspace ‘is wrong’ and could be ‘flashpoint’ for conflict

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 August, 2018, 10:13pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2018, 4:11am

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2159719/duterte-chinas-claim-airspace-above-disputed-islands-wrong

The Philippine president said on Tuesday that China’s claim to airspace above newly built islands and surrounding waters in the disputed South China Sea “is wrong” and that Beijing’s demands that others leave those areas could become a “flashpoint” for conflict.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks in a speech to an audience that included the American ambassador and other foreign guests were a rare public criticism of China, which he has refused to antagonise to nurture closer relations.

“They have to rethink that, because that would be a flashpoint someday and even, you know, warning others,” Duterte said of China’s actions to uphold its claims in the disputed waters.

He also said that “I hope that China would temper … its behaviour”, warning that in the disputed sea, “one of these days a hothead commander there will just press a trigger”.

“You cannot create an island, it’s man-made, and you say that the air above these artificial islands is yours. That is wrong because those waters are what we consider international sea,” Duterte said.

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China's reply

China rebuffs Duterte's S.China Seas rebuke
Reuters
Posted at Aug 16 2018 03:15 PM

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/16/18/china-rebuffs-dutertes-schina-seas-rebuke

BEIJING - China rebuffed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's call for Beijing to rethink its conduct in the South China Sea on Thursday, saying China had the right to react to foreign ships or aircraft that get close to its islands.

Duterte said China has no right to repel foreign aircraft and boats passing by its artificial islands in the disputed waterway, and that he hoped China would "temper" its behavior and stop restricting movements.

In a statement sent to Reuters, China's Foreign Ministry said the Spratly Islands are China's inherent territory and that China respects the right to freedom of navigation and overflight that all countries enjoy in the South China Sea under international law.

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"China urges the relevant party to meet China halfway, and jointly protect the present good situation that has not come easily in the South China Sea," the ministry added, without elaborating.

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on April 28, 2019, 04:31:01 PM
Philippines' Duterte warns China to back off disputed island
AFP News   AFP News4 April 2019

Yahoo (https://ph.news.yahoo.com/philippines-duterte-warns-china-back-off-disputed-island-014329804.html?fbclid=iwar1ywxxrwzjmusdxzpspzrcvrrcgv4nsb5m7i9owkk7rmrdwdpum464y3ii)

President Duterte has repeatedly said war with China would be futile and that the Philippines would suffer heavily in the process

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Beijing to back off from a disputed island in the South China Sea, warning of possible military action if China "touches" it amid rising tensions over the key waterway.

Duterte, aiming to attract trade and investment from the Asian superpower, has mostly withheld his early criticism of Beijing's expansive claims to the sea -- a point of regional contention because trillions of dollars of goods pass through it.

But as the Philippine military warned this week that hundreds of Chinese coast guard and fishing vessels had "swarmed" the Manila-held Pag-asa island, also known as Thitu, the Philippine president spoke out late Thursday.

"I will not plead or beg, but I am just telling you that lay off the Pag-asa because I have soldiers there," Duterte said in speech to prosecutors.

"If you touch it, that's another story. Then I will tell my soldiers 'prepare for suicide missions'", he added.

Duterte has repeatedly said war with China would be futile and that the Philippines would lose and suffer heavily in the process.

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on April 28, 2019, 04:31:38 PM
Palace confirms diplomatic protest vs China
RUTH ABBEY GITA
12 hours ago

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1745807/Manila/Local-News/Palace-confirms-diplomatic-protest-vs-China

THE Philippines has filed a diplomatic note against China over Beijing’s aggressive military actions on its artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea (West Philippine Sea), Malacañang confirmed Thursday, May 31.

“We did,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said in a text message to Palace reporters, when asked whether the Philippine government has lodged a diplomatic protest against China.

“The current administration has acted on incidents, which occurred in the disputed areas over the West Philippine Sea by taking diplomatic actions with China,” he added.

The filing of protest was part of the Philippine government’s bid to pursue all diplomatic avenues to address China’s massive land reclamation of the resource-rich South China Sea.

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China, which has expansive claims over the South China Sea, has reportedly continued to boost its war capabilities by “quietly” installing missile systems on Fiery Cross (Kagitingan), Subi (Zamora), and Mischief (Panganiban) reefs in the Spratly Islands.

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Roque assured that President Rodrigo Duterte was not giving up the Philippines’ sovereign rights to its territories in the contested waters.

“The President, who is the chief architect of the nation’s foreign policy, will not sit on our rights and will never give away even an inch of territory,” the Palace official said.

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on June 11, 2019, 06:04:31 AM
Duterte questioned Xi over Chinese vessels around Pagasa
Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - June 10, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte says he questioned the swarming of Chinese ships around the Philippines’ Pag-asa Island in the South China Sea during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Duterte said Chinese ships had surrounded Pag-asa despite his declaration that he would not allow Americans on the island, which is part of Kalayaan town in Palawan and inhabited by about 200 Filipinos.

“I was not angry but I said, did I not tell you Mr. President that I will never allow the Americans to set foot on any of the islands controlled by the Philippines? That we will not start any war and that I will never allow American weapons to be stationed on that island?” Duterte said in an interview aired over Sonshine TV last Saturday.

“So, why are you surrounding my island with so many ships? You’re wasting your gasoline. That’s my exact words. You’re wasting your gasoline. You might as well give it to us,” he added.

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on August 11, 2019, 10:09:14 AM
Locsin says PHL 'firing off' diplomatic protest over presence of Chinese ships in EEZ
Published August 9, 2019 10:11am
Updated August 9, 2019 10:25am

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/703991/locsin-says-phl-firing-off-diplomatic-protest-over-presence-of-chinese-ships-in-eez/story/

The Philippines is set to lodge another diplomatic protest against China, this time in connection with the two Chinese vessels that were spotted in the Philippines exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

On Twitter, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said they are "firing off" the diplomatic protest after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana questioned the business of Chinese research vessels and warships in Philippine waters.

"Okay, got it, General. @DFAPHL firing off diplomatic protest," Locsin tweeted.

The move came after Ryan Martinson, assistant professor at China Maritime Studies Institute of Naval War College, claimed that a Chinese oceanographic survey ship was sighted operating in Philippine sea territory.

Martinson said Chinese ship Zhanjian, which was just 75 nautical miles away, started operating in the Philippine east coast on August 3.

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: Ayoshi on August 21, 2019, 02:24:55 AM
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/08/20/1944894/diplomatic-protest-filed-over-chinese-warships

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Diplomatic protest filed over Chinese warships
(The Philippine Star) - August 20, 2019 - 12:00am

He informed the Senate committee on foreign relations of his move at a hearing yesterday.

Locsin said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s word is enough to convince him of the need for another diplomatic protest.

“If we did it already, fire another. We won’t run out. & don’t wait for formal intel. This is the Secretary of National Defense no less. Fire at will,” he said. Lorenzana said over the weekend that China’s actions in the West Philippine Sea had become an “irritant.”
Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on September 04, 2019, 07:16:29 PM
https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/04/19/locsin-ph-has-protested-chinese-incursions-in-west-ph-sea-60-times-under-duterte
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Post by: adroth on April 22, 2020, 11:53:48 PM
Philippines files protests vs. China actions in West Philippine Sea
Published April 22, 2020 7:57pm
Updated April 22, 2020 8:06pm
By MICHAELA DEL CALLAR

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/735175/manila-files-protests-vs-china-actions-in-west-philippine-sea/story/

The Philippines on Wednesday filed two diplomatic protests against China over supposed violations of international law and Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro "Teddy" Locsin Jr.

In a tweet, Locsin said the protests were filed with the Chinese Embassy in Manila and concerned China's alleged harassment of a Philippine Navy ship and its unilateral establishment of two districts that cover Philippine territories in the West Philippine Sea.

"At 5:17 pm today the Chinese embassy received 2 diplomatic protests: 1. on the pointing of a radar gun at a Philippine Navy ship in PH waters & 2. declaring parts of Philippine territory as part of Hainan province—both violations of international law & Philippine sovereignty," he said.

The two new districts - one in the Paracels and one in the Spratlys, where several areas are claimed by the Philippines - will be under the authority of the local government in Sansha, a city in the southern island of Hainan.

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Post by: adroth on August 21, 2020, 02:45:10 AM
PH Lodges Diplomatic Protest Against China

https://dfa.gov.ph/dfa-news/dfa-releasesupdate/27445-ph-lodges-diplomatic-protest-against-china

PASAY CITY 20 August 2020 – The Department lodged today a diplomatic protest to China over the illegal confiscation by the Chinese Coast Guard of fish aggregating devices (payaos) of Filipino fishermen in Bajo de Masinloc in May.

The Philippines also resolutely objected to China’s continuing illicit issuances of radio challenges against Philippine aircraft conducting legitimate regular maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea. END


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https://www.facebook.com/CNNPhilippines/posts/2918431611730052

The Philippines files diplomatic protest against China over the Chinese Coast Guard's illegal confiscation of fish aggregating devices of Filipino fishermen in Bajo de Masinloc in May. www.cnn.ph
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Post by: adroth on April 06, 2021, 01:25:40 PM
The latest flashpoint

Where Julian Felipe (Whitson) Reef is located, relative to other PH outposts in the KIG

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Protests

Chinese vessels warned, told PH Navy, PCG ships to leave Julian Felipe Reef- Lorenzana

Published March 29, 2021, 3:32 PM
by Martin Sadongdong

https://mb.com.ph/2021/03/29/chinese-vessels-warned-told-ph-navy-pcg-ships-to-leave-julian-felipe-reef-lorenzana/

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana disclosed on Monday, March 29, that the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) ships that were sent to the Julian Felipe Reef in the West Philippine Sea were asked to leave by the the crew of the Chinese vessels who insisted that the area is part of China’s territory.

“There was no physical confrontation but there were warnings. They warned us ‘do not come here.’ But we responded that we are patrolling our area. It’s just a standard exchange,” Lorenzana said in a television interview over CNN Philippines.

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Delfin Lorenzana
@del_lorenzana

https://twitter.com/del_lorenzana/status/1378211290066251778

The Chinese Ambassador to the PH has a lot of explaining to do. There are still 44 Chinese vessels that are in Julian Felipe Reef. I am no fool. The weather has been good so far, so they have no reason to stay there. These vessels should be on their way out. Umalis na kayo diyan.

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https://twitter.com/DFAPHL/status/1378959038092873733

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Title: Re: Retitled: Philippine protests against China under Duterte
Post by: adroth on April 06, 2021, 01:26:20 PM
Duterte stands by Lorenzana’s remark on Julian Felipe Reef
By Azer Parrocha  April 5, 2021, 5:02 pm

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1135783

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is standing by the strong statement made by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana demanding the immediate departure of the remaining 44 Chinese vessels from the Julian Felipe Reef in the West Philippine Sea, Malacañang said Monday.

Lorenzana on Saturday told the remaining 44 Chinese vessels to leave, saying they had no more reason to take shelter there since the weather has cleared.

In response, the Chinese Embassy in Manila called Lorenzana’s remark “unprofessional”, maintaining its historical claim over the feature which is within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

“Of course, the President stands by the statements of our Secretary of Defense,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview over CNN Philippines.

Roque, however, pointed out that the presence of Chinese ships in the area would not lead to war.

“I hasten to add that the President has been clear that this is not an issue that will lead to war between friendly nations. We are hoping that our friendly relations will soon resolve this latest impasse,” he added.

In a Palace press briefing aired over PTV-4, Roque cited Duterte’s speech during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2020 where the latter affirmed the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s (PCA) ruling in favor of the Philippines’ arbitration case against China’s expansive maritime claims in the disputed sea.

“Hindi po nagbabago ang posisyon ng ating Presidente. Eto po yung kanyang nabanggit na salita sa UN General Assembly. Hindi po natin isasakripisyo, hindi natin ipamimigay ang ating national territory at ang ating mga exclusive economic zone (The President’s position has not changed. He mentioned this during his speech at the UN General Assembly. We will not sacrifice or give away our national territory and EEZ),” he said.

Roque said Duterte also believes that friendly relations between the Philippines and China will result in the peaceful resolution of this impasse.

“Ang posisyon po ng Presidente, paninindigan natin ang ating karapatan pero hindi po to isang bagay para tayo po ay gumamit ng dahas. Kampante po ang ating Presidente na dahil nga po mero tayong malapit na pagkakaibigan mareresolba ang hidwaan na ‘to (The President’s position is that we will fight for our rights, but this is no reason for us to use force. Our President is confident that our strong ties would resolve this impasse),” he added.

He also reiterated support for Lorenza’s demand for Chinese vessels to leave the Julian Felipe Reef.

“I think Secretary Lorenzana was correct in pointing out that we consider that area as part also of Philippine territory and exclusive economic zone,” he said.

‘Sovereignty non-negotiable’

In a separate statement, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo expressed opposition over the “unjustified stay” of Chinese vessels at the Julian Felipe Reef, saying it could result in “unwanted hostilities” between the two countries.

“While we recognize the historical and cultural ties with China that have evolved into a productive relationship, its present territorial incursions is producing an unwelcome stain in their bond and may trigger unwanted hostilities that both countries would rather not pursue, as destructiveness consequences are not only undesirable, they are abhorrent as well and anathema to the peace of the region,” Panelo said.

Panelo insisted that the country’s sovereignty is “non-negotiable” despite the Philippines’ improved ties with China.

“Let it be clear to all countries of the world that are protective of their own sovereignties. Like them, we are fiercely protective of ours. We can negotiate on matters of mutual concern and benefit, but make no mistake about it -- our sovereignty is non-negotiable,” he added.

He said the matter of territorial dispute has to be resolved in the “diplomatic negotiating table or by the dictates of international law.”

The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea earlier expressed concern over a Philippine Coast Guard report that about 220 Chinese fishing vessels, believed to be manned by Chinese maritime militia personnel, were sighted in line formation at the Julian Felipe Reef on March 7.

The reef is located approximately 175 nautical miles west of Bataraza, Palawan.

The Department of Foreign Affairs expressed support over the DND's demand for the remaining Chinese ships' withdrawal from the Julian Felipe Reef.

"[T]he Philippines’ position on this continued Chinese presence in the WPS has been unequivocal, as articulated by the recent statement of the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea and the statement today by the Department of National Defense," the DFA said.

On March 21, the Philippines filed a diplomatic protest over the presence of around 200 Chinese ships at the Julian Felipe Reef.

The DFA on Monday “strongly” denounced the Chinese embassy’s “unprofessional” comment against Lorenzana.

“The DFA strongly denounces the Embassy’s attempt to impugn the Secretary of National Defense -- a Cabinet official of the Republic of the Philippines -- by calling his statement ‘unprofessional,’” the DFA said in a statement. (PNA)
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DFA summons Chinese envoy; demands anew ships' withdrawal in WPS
By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  April 13, 2021, 2:53 pmShare

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1136613

MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has summoned Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian on Monday to express "utmost displeasure" over the presence of Chinese vessels off the Julian Felipe Reef.

"[T]he DFA reiterated the firm demand of the Philippines that China ensures the immediate departure of all its vessels from the area of Julian Felipe Reef and other maritime zones of the Philippines," it said in a statement on Tuesday.

DFA Acting Undersecretary Elizabeth Buensuceso told Huang that Julian Felipe Reef lies within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone and that the Chinese vessels around the feature are a "source of regional tension."

The official also said the July 2016 Award in the South China Sea Arbitration ruled that claims to historic rights, or other sovereign rights or jurisdiction that exceed the geographic and substantive limits of maritime entitlements under UNCLOS, are without lawful effect.

On the previous untoward statements of the Chinese embassy spokesperson on Defense Secretary Lorenzana, Buensuceso reminded the Chinese side of proper decorum and manners in the conduct of their duties as guests of the Philippines.

"Both sides affirmed the use of peaceful settlement of disputes in addressing their differences on the South China Sea/West Philippines issue," the DFA said.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said there are still nine Chinese ships left in the area.

'Tradition yields to law'

The Chinese side has insisted that the Julian Felipe Reef or what it calls Niu'e Reef is part of its territory, adding the reef and its adjacent waters are traditional fishing grounds for Chinese fishermen.

In previous Chinese Foreign Ministry statements, it also said China has "historical rights in the South China Sea."

In a separate tweet, Locsin said tradition yields to law and that the law on the matter is the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 2016 Arbitral Award.

"There are a little over a dozen left. Come, come, time to go. As I said, while it may well be traditional fishing grounds, tradition yields to law and the law on the matter are UNCLOS and The Arbitral Award and the common rules of statutory construction," he said.

Locsin also said these incursions achieve nothing in law as fishing is not an act of possession nor a claim of ownership.

"Also that it is a goddamned distraction from the beneficial potential of the good relations China and the Philippines have built under PRRD (President Rodrigo Duterte) and that these incursions achieve nothing in law because, e.g., fishing is not an act of possession nor a claim of ownership; fishing is just fishing and even if you take your damned time fishing in the same spot it is still only what you claim it is—fishing," he said.

"Our partnership has so much potential not just for our mutual but even more for the benefit of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). What a waste of great opportunities for good. Let’s give it a rest," he added. (PNA)