China’s naming of PH Rise’s features, wrong-timing — Cayetano
by admin | Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018
The Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, is part of the Philippines’ continental shelf.
MANILA, Philippines — Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano finds it inappropriate that China named some of the underwater features in the Philippine Rise.
He said it was wrong timing especially when there are existing territorial issues among some Asian countries on the territory issues in the West Philippine Sea.
But the secretary stood firm that the country will not use the names China has given to the underwater features.
“Protest means you’re complaining, you’re not agreeing. So we have to make that to International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). But regardless whatever IHO will say, we won’t recognize foreign names here, unless we agreed,” said the foreign affairs secretary.
But the secretary admitted that like other kinds of exploration, any country has the right to name what they discovered.
“In the scientific community when you discover something, it’s your pride to name it. So when French nationals discover it, they’ll put a French name. When Americans discover, they’ll put American name,” said the official.
Meanwhile, a formal communication with China is the action needed to be done by the Philippine government regarding the scientific exploration according to University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea expert Jay Batongbacal.
But he said this should have been done before it was discovered that China named our natural resources.
The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) has a scientific basis in approving a name of an underwater sea feature.
“I’m not sure that is going to be the proper communication since this is an international organization, and is engaged in scientific work. There was a process for naming that had been followed and the process has already been concluded so I’m not sure if there is an additional procedure for seeking the reversal of their decision,” said Cayetano.— Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019
As many as 61 people have been killed and 356,000 evacuated from their homes as heavy rain and floods swept through large parts of southern and central China this week, Chinese rescue authorities said on Thursday (June 13).
In a notice published late on Thursday (June 13), China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said 9,300 homes have collapsed and 3.71 million hectares of farmland damaged during the floods, with direct economic losses now estimated at 13.35 billion yuan ($1.93 billion).
It said more than 4,300 people had been rescued from floodwaters, which have affected regions stretching from Guangdong province in the southeast to southwest China’s Chongqing on the upper reaches of the Yangtze river.
During the summer, China routinely suffers from droughts in the far north and floods in the south. The emergency ministry has warned that northern regions face even lower precipitation levels this year, while heavy rains are expected to raise flood risks on the Yellow river’s upstream. (REUTERS)
He denounced the actions of the alleged Chinese crew for leaving the scene and abandoning the Filipino crew at sea.
Lorenzana also expressed gratitude to a Vietnamese crew in the area who came to the aid of Filipinos.
The family of one of the Filipino fishermen also thanked the Vietnamese crew for their swift action.
“Malaki po ang pasasalamat namin, kahit hindi natin sila kaano [kalahi] pero tinulungan po sila,” said Maria Fe dela Torre, whose husband owns the boat that collided with the foreign vessel.
They also expressed hope that the Duterte government will seriously investigate the incident and give justice to the Filipino crewmen.
“Ang unang reaksyon namin nagulat, nataranta kami tapos galit kasi bakit di nila tinulungan tao namin? Nakita nila na lumulubog,” said May dela Torre, kin of one of the fishermen, when asked about their initial reaction upon learning about the incident.
“Kasi kung ‘di talaga nila sinasadya or aksidente talaga, kung tao sila, titigilan mo, tutulungan mo. Wala eh. Umalis sila eh. Iba ang nagrescue sa kanila,” she added.
Lorenzana earlier said that China has been informed about the incident and a probe has already been launched.
He also said they are now verifying if the fishing vessel that hit and sank the F/B GIMVER 1 belonged to China.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture assured to provide assistance to the Filipino fishermen and to their families.
“Puwede kaming tumulong na maipa-repair at temporarily mawalan ng hanapbuhay ‘yung mga mangingisda. Pwede naming tulungan, mayroon kaming mga loaning program for them,” said Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019
Several senators have condemned the reported collision of a Chinese vessel and a Filipino vessel on Sunday (June 9), deeming it ‘a huge insult’ to Filipinos.
Sen. Joel Villanueva called the actions of the Chinese crew as irresponsible after they left the 22 Filipino crewmen in the West Philippine Sea.
“We strongly condemn the irresponsible actions of the Chinese vessel’s crew. Saving the lives of fellow seafarers should be top priority regardless of nationality or flag. The incident shows the need for greater accountability and enforcement of international laws in the West Philippine Sea,” he said in his statement.
Senators Franklin Drilon shares the same sentiment with Senator Panfilo Lacson. They are both questioning the friendly relationship between China and the Philippines.
Senator Lacson calls for a talk between the country’s leaders.
“This incident calls for a leader-to-leader talk. As I said, nothing short of serious punitive action by the Chinese government against those responsible can convince us of a real friendly relationship between our peoples,” he said.
According to Director, Institute for Maritime Affairs & Law of the Sea- University of the Philippines Prof. Jay Batongbacal this is not the first time a Chinese vessel hit another country’s fishing vessel.
“Marami itong beses na nangyari sa Vietnam binabangga ng mga Chinese vessel iyong mga Vietnamese fishing vessel, (It had occurred numerous times in Vietnam where a Chinese vessel hit a Vietnamese fishing vessel)” he said.
Batongbacal also seeks accountability for what happened. He said that the Filipino crewmen should be given compensation.
“Kung hindi tayo aalma, kung palalampasin natin ito baka ang susunod na diyan lahat ng ating mga mangingisda diyan sa West Philippine sea ay gaganyanin din, babanggain, iha-harass hanggang sa umalis na tayo sa West Philippine Sea, (If we will not protest, they might also target other fishermen in the West Philippine Sea. They might harass us until we leave the West Philippine Sea)” Batongbacal added.—(with reports from Nel Maribojoc)
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