Allowing China to fish on PH waters a ground for impeachment vs Duterte, law experts say
Aileen Cerrudo • June 28, 2019 • 2215
Allowing China to fish on Philippine waters is a ground for impeachment against President Rodrigo Duterte, according to law experts.
Maritime law expert Prof. Jay Batongbacal said the Constitution is clear that it does not allow foreign fishing. He also said this can be a basis for impeaching the president.
“Kung basehan lang ng impeachment ang pag-uusapan, yes. Malinaw ang Konstitusyon na hindi dapat payagan ang foreign fishing. Malinaw ang implementing laws na bawal ang foreign fishing, (If it is for the basis of impeachment only, yes. The Constitution is clear that foreign fishing should not be allowed. The implementing laws are clear that foreign fishing is not allowed),” he said.
Other lawmakers including former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario also said the president can be impeached after saying it is okay for Chinese fishermen to fish in Philippine waters.
However, according to the dean of San Beda College of Law, Ranhilio Aquino, foreign countries can be allowed to fish in Philippine territory if there is an agreement between both countries.
“Can other countries be allowed to fish? Yes. As long as there is a formal agreement with the republic of the Philippines and since the resources of that zone constitute patrimony of the Philippines then we should get something in return for that,” he said.
The Chief Executive has already responded to the issue saying he will jail those who will impeach him.
“I-impeach ako? Kulungin ko silang lahat. (Impeach me? I will jail all of them). Try to take it—try to do it and I will do it,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)
China’s National People’s Congress’ third session closed on Thursday (May 28) after parliament members voted on a proposal to implement Hong Kong’s national security legislation.
“The session made a decision to establish a legal system and enforcement mechanism for the national security of Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region,” chairman of the standing committee of the NPC, Li Zhanshu, told delegates at the closing ceremony.
“It will uphold and improve the ‘one country, two systems’ policy. It is in line with the Constitution and Hong Kong’s Basic Law and is in the interest of all Chinese people including Hong Kong people,” he added.
The legislation received 2,878 votes while one voted against and six abstained. The draft national security law has received international criticism with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declaring that Hong Kong is ‘no longer autonomous.’
Hong Kong, which has freedoms not granted in the mainland such as freedom of assembly and freedom of the press, has experienced months-long anti-government protests which sparked from a now-withdrawn extradition bill. (Reuters)
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday (May 26) that Beijing’s proposed national security laws would not trample on the city’s rights and freedoms and called on its citizens to wait to see the details of the legislation.
Beijing unveiled plans last week for national security legislation for Hong Kong that aims to tackle secession, subversion and terrorist activities. It could see Chinese intelligence agencies set up bases in the city.
Thousands poured onto the street of Hong Kong on Sunday (May 24) in a mass protest against the planned new security laws.
Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd and arrested almost 200 people.
More protests are expected in Hong Kong on Wednesday (May 27). (Reuters)
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