Resolution a must for Ph claim over WPS

A REAFFIRMATION of the Philippines’ claim of sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea (WPS) before the United Nations General Assembly through a resolution will solidify and rally international support against China’s military and political incursion into Philippine territory.

This was stressed by no less than Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri last night in his sponsorship speech of a Senate resolution urging the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to sponsor a resolution before the UN calling on China to stop the harassment of Philippine vessels in the WPS.

“Should we successfully pass a resolution before the UNGA, we will in effect be solidifying international support for the sovereignty of the Philippines, and putting pressure on China to keep their military and political activities outside of our Exclusive Economic Zone and continental shelf,” the Senate President said in his sponsorship speech of Resolution No. 659 filed by Sen. Risa Hontiveros.

The Philippines, in 2016, has already secured a huge victory when the Permanent Court of Arbitration established under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) ruled in favor of the Philippine claim and deemed China’s assertions, including its nine-dash line, as unlawful.

If the DFA would successfully sponsor a resolution before the UNGA, Zubiri said, it would put an international spotlight on China’s unlawful incursions into Philippine territory, in open violation of the 2016 PCA ruling.

“Hindi tayo papayag na tapakan tayo ng kahit na anong bansa, at harap- harapan nilang sakupin kung ano ang atin. Lalaban tayo sa panghihimasok ng gobyerno ng Tsina sa ating Exclusive Economic Zone, at gagawin natin ang lahat ng ating makakaya para ma-protektahan ang kabuhayan at kaligtasan ng mga mangingisdang Pilipino,” Zubiri expressed.

The Senate President also announced during last night’s session that the Senate has called for a caucus on Monday, July 31, with DFA Secretary Enrique A. Manalo, Presidential Adviser on the West Philippine Sea Andres Centino and officials of the National Security Council to discuss the WPS situation and the contents of the Resolution No. 659.

Also, while the DFA explores avenues in the UN to address China’s unlawful activities inside WPS, Zubiri said the Senate will do everything in its power to increase funding support, through the 2024 national budget proposal, to the Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) that are patrolling the disputed territory and protecting Filipino fishermen.

“We will not simply watch them seize our islands and our waters. We may not have as much military might as they do, at this time, but we will do everything in our power to strengthen support for our Coast Guard and Navy, and we will stand our ground through all means possible … ,” said Zubiri.

At present, the fleet of the Philippine Navy has only three vessels that can conduct long-range patrols, and the same goes for the PCG, which only has three offshore patrol vessels.

Zubiri has earlier described China’s intrusion into Philippine territory in the WPS as “absolutely reprehensible and completely illogical.”

“The 2016 PCA ruling was a historic triumph for us. But it is a triumph that we have not been able to fully enjoy, as China has disrespected it time and time again, their Chinese militia vessels encroaching upon our territory, and harassing our much smaller Coast Guard and Navy vessels,” he said in his sponsorship speech.

“Given China’s blatant disrespect of our waters, we are left with little choice but to once again seek the support and the wisdom of the international community, and impress upon the Chinese government our unwavering commitment to fighting for our sovereignty.”

  • Related Posts

    Cayetano pushes for DOLE, DBM inclusion in Education Cabinet Cluster

    SENATOR Alan Peter Cayetano suggested the inclusion of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in the proposed creation of a new…

    Marcos sends well wishes to Trump

    PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. extended his well wishes to former US president Donald Trump, who was rushed offstage due to an assassination attempt during his rally in Butler, Pennsylvania…

    You Missed

    Prices of commodities in Calabarzon recorded at 3.3% slightly lower in June

    • By admin
    • July 15, 2024
    • 1 views
    Prices of commodities in Calabarzon recorded at 3.3% slightly lower in June

    Over P64-M aid benefits rolled out in Leyte caravan on its 2nd week

    • By admin
    • July 15, 2024
    • 3 views
    Over P64-M aid benefits rolled out in Leyte caravan on its 2nd week

    Cayetano pushes for DOLE, DBM inclusion in Education Cabinet Cluster

    • By admin
    • July 15, 2024
    • 22 views
    Cayetano pushes for DOLE, DBM inclusion in Education Cabinet Cluster

    Marcos sends well wishes to Trump

    • By admin
    • July 15, 2024
    • 17 views
    Marcos sends well wishes to Trump

    Cayetano offers prayers for Trump after assassination attempt

    • By admin
    • July 15, 2024
    • 7 views
    Cayetano offers prayers for Trump after assassination attempt

    Former President Trump sugatan sa assassination attempt

    • By admin
    • July 15, 2024
    • 25 views
    Former President Trump sugatan sa assassination attempt

    Bad jokes, toxic politics have no place in Bagong Pilipinas– Reyes

    • By admin
    • July 14, 2024
    • 20 views
    Bad jokes, toxic politics have no place in Bagong Pilipinas– Reyes

    Enhanced Rizal Program iginiit sa senado na paigtingin sa basic education curriculum

    • By admin
    • July 14, 2024
    • 15 views
    Enhanced Rizal Program iginiit sa senado na paigtingin sa basic education curriculum

    Rep Villar: ‘Adulting is difficult, never give up’ 

    • By admin
    • July 14, 2024
    • 13 views
    Rep Villar: ‘Adulting is difficult, never give up’ 

    Sports journalist na si Chino Trinidad , pumanaw sa edad na 56

    • By admin
    • July 14, 2024
    • 10 views
    Sports journalist na si Chino Trinidad , pumanaw sa edad na 56

    Romualdez sets House top priority to pass 2025 national budget

    • By admin
    • July 14, 2024
    • 48 views
    Romualdez sets House top priority to pass 2025 national budget

    Ex-Zamboanga Del Norte Gov., others face charges over alleged P900 million illegal donations 

    • By admin
    • July 14, 2024
    • 53 views
    Ex-Zamboanga Del Norte Gov., others face charges over alleged P900 million illegal donations 

    Honasan calls for military hospital ships in AFP modernization program

    • By admin
    • July 14, 2024
    • 37 views
    Honasan calls for military hospital ships in AFP modernization program

    Barbers: Drug reform law key in drug war

    • By admin
    • July 14, 2024
    • 27 views
    Barbers: Drug reform law key in drug war

    Security for PBBM’s 3rd SONA 100% ready

    • By admin
    • July 14, 2024
    • 25 views
    Security for PBBM’s 3rd SONA 100% ready

    ‘Young Guns’ seek probe into Davao’s ‘fake birth certificate mill’ for Chinese nationals

    • By admin
    • July 14, 2024
    • 28 views
    ‘Young Guns’ seek probe into Davao’s ‘fake birth certificate mill’ for Chinese nationals

    DOH hospitals promote Infection Prevention and Control activities in Ilocos region

    • By admin
    • July 14, 2024
    • 49 views
    DOH hospitals promote Infection Prevention and Control activities in Ilocos region

    Mabigat na parusa ihahain ni Tulfo, apat na ibapa sa mga nang scam ng senior citizen, PWD

    • By admin
    • July 14, 2024
    • 42 views
    Mabigat na parusa ihahain ni Tulfo, apat na ibapa sa mga nang scam ng senior citizen, PWD

    Nawawalang painting ni Fernando Amorsolo narekober ng NBI

    • By admin
    • July 13, 2024
    • 46 views
    Nawawalang painting ni Fernando Amorsolo narekober ng NBI

    Hontiveros renews call to declare July 12 as West Philippine Sea Victory Day

    • By admin
    • July 13, 2024
    • 52 views
    Hontiveros renews call to declare July 12 as West Philippine Sea Victory Day

    Anti-political dynasty bill ihahain sa senado

    • By admin
    • July 13, 2024
    • 77 views
    Anti-political dynasty bill ihahain sa senado

    Bato Dela Rosa hopes Malacañang considers urgency of reforming PNP

    • By admin
    • July 13, 2024
    • 50 views
    Bato Dela Rosa hopes Malacañang considers urgency of reforming PNP

    PH will continue to stand its ground in West Philippine Sea

    • By admin
    • July 13, 2024
    • 52 views
    PH will continue to stand its ground in West Philippine Sea

    House leader reminds Sara: Try to be more ‘circumspect’ with your remarks, avoid alarming statements 

    • By admin
    • July 13, 2024
    • 53 views
    House leader reminds Sara: Try to be more ‘circumspect’ with your remarks, avoid alarming statements 

    Speaker’s office rolls out P14.1M worth of benefits to 3,000 residents in Leyte

    • By admin
    • July 13, 2024
    • 66 views
    Speaker’s office rolls out P14.1M worth of benefits to 3,000 residents in Leyte

    Acidre pushes swift passage of civil registration, vital statistics bill

    • By admin
    • July 13, 2024
    • 51 views
    Acidre pushes swift passage of civil registration, vital statistics bill

    Proper decorum, tradition should be VP Duterte’s focus, not Netflix – House leader 

    • By admin
    • July 12, 2024
    • 101 views
    Proper decorum, tradition should be VP Duterte’s focus, not Netflix – House leader 

    Enchanted Kingdom celebrates Sikhayan Festival 2024 with a magical promo

    • By admin
    • July 12, 2024
    • 96 views
    Enchanted Kingdom celebrates Sikhayan Festival 2024 with a magical promo

    Acidre vows better seafarers’ rights; pushes for Magna Carta of Seafarers

    • By admin
    • July 12, 2024
    • 92 views
    Acidre vows better seafarers’ rights; pushes for Magna Carta of Seafarers

    DOH-Ilocos ground breaks new building in La Union

    • By admin
    • July 12, 2024
    • 118 views
    DOH-Ilocos ground breaks new building in La Union

    Major infra projects in Cavite to improve connectivity in Calabarzon – PBBM

    • By admin
    • July 12, 2024
    • 96 views
    Major infra projects in Cavite to improve connectivity in Calabarzon – PBBM

    Panel cites Michael Yang in contempt, orders his detention in Bicutan jail

    • By admin
    • July 12, 2024
    • 114 views
    Panel cites Michael Yang in contempt, orders his detention in Bicutan jail

    DOH turns over bagong Pilipinas mobile clinic to provinces of Ilocos region

    • By admin
    • July 12, 2024
    • 92 views
    DOH turns over bagong Pilipinas mobile clinic to provinces of Ilocos region

    Romualdez on VP Sara Duterte’s decision to skip SONA

    • By admin
    • July 12, 2024
    • 127 views
    Romualdez on VP Sara Duterte’s decision to skip SONA

    Mega Prime Foods ‘Mega Bigay Sustansya Program’ empowers children in Batangas

    • By admin
    • July 12, 2024
    • 107 views
    Mega Prime Foods ‘Mega Bigay Sustansya Program’ empowers children in Batangas

    Kadete sa Laguna patay sa parusahang ehersisyo

    • By admin
    • July 12, 2024
    • 97 views
    Kadete sa Laguna patay sa parusahang ehersisyo

    3,000 more Leyteños receive TUPAD, CARD aid in Tacloban, Tolosa

    • By admin
    • July 11, 2024
    • 78 views
    3,000 more Leyteños receive TUPAD, CARD aid in Tacloban, Tolosa

    House panel tries to find ‘missing link’ in alleged tale of 2 drug lords

    • By admin
    • July 11, 2024
    • 76 views
    House panel tries to find ‘missing link’ in alleged tale of 2 drug lords

    Salceda congratulates PBBM for successful PH bid to host Loss and Damage Fund (LDF) Board

    • By admin
    • July 11, 2024
    • 104 views
    Salceda congratulates PBBM for successful PH bid to host Loss and Damage Fund (LDF) Board

    Acierto testifies on Yang’s drug links, accuses Duterte of ordering his execution

    • By admin
    • July 11, 2024
    • 83 views
    Acierto testifies on Yang’s drug links, accuses Duterte of ordering his execution