Allowing China to fish on PH waters a ground for impeachment vs Duterte, law experts say
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2019
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)
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has intercepted a number of pork products from Hong Kong and China at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in between June 19 to 28.
The items didn’t have sanitary and phytosanitary clearances from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and could have been infested by the deadly pig virus African Swine Fever (ASF).
China is one of the 19 countries from where entry of pork and pork-based products are banned.
From a total of 400 samples that BAI examined, 34 tested positive of ASF and these products could have caused infestation in the country’s hog industry if they were not intercepted.
Germany was the latest addition to the list of countries where entry of pork products to the Philippines was banned.
Though there were no reports yet of ASF-infestation in Germany, the Philippines included it in the list after a German company exported pork products to the Philippines along with some 250 kilograms of pork from ASF-hit Poland.
The said shipment was intercepted in Cebu on June 27 which included 27 boxes of pork items from Poland.
That incident, according to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, was a clear violation of the country’s Quarantine Law thus resulting in the ban of pork products from Germany.
“Nakikiusap ako.(‘Im appealing to you) Please understand, these are extraordinary times. We cannot take the risk,” Secretary Piñol said.
“Kasi tingnan mo, Germany napaka-respectable na bansa nyan. It’s export country known for its high standards, nasingitan tayo, (You see Germany is a highly respected country. It’s exports are known for its high standards but some banned (pork) slip past their screening,)” he explained.
Piñol stressed that ASF infestation would compromise the country’s P260-B worth of hog industry.
Some of the Philippines’ neighboring countries have already declared an outbreak of ASF such as Vietnam and Cambodia.
In May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked store owners to self-recall pork products from China that covers those manufactured since the start of the import ban.
Still, Piñol assures the Philippines’ hog industry remains ASF free. – with reports from Rey Pelayo
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2019
Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte can declare martial law if terrorism reaches Metro Manila.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the chief executive expressed concern about the recent suicide bombing which led to the death of eight individuals including one Filipino suicide bomber in Indanan, Sulu.
“Iyon nga ang kinakatakot niya kasi may suicide bomber na. (That’s what he feared, there is already a suicide bomber). He’s very concerned of that. Kaya hindi ba nag-warning siya sa enemies of the state, (so he warned the enemies of the state) ‘Don’t force my hand into it. I will not allow the disintegration of this country,’ ” he said.
“Kaya nga hindi ba don’t force me to the wall. Kapag hindi kayo tumigil, (So don’t force me to the wall. If you do not stop) I’ll be compelled to use powers granted to me by the Constitution, lalong lalo pa iyong terorismo makarating dito sa Maynila (especially if terrorism reaches here in Metro Manila),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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