Duterte admin must weigh Carpio’s proposals on West PHL Sea dispute — Sen. Cayetano

admin   •   March 23, 2017   •   4052

BANGKOK, Thailand — Senator Alan Peter Cayetano assured that President Rodrigo Duterte has no plans of giving up Philippine’s territory.

This has been the senator’s response to Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio’s pronouncement that the President should never make statements that seem to hint that the Philippines is surrendering its sovereignty over its rightful territories in the West Philippine Sea.

Sen. Cayetano said, “Let me just assure Justice Carpio and all Filipinos watching over the West Philippine issue that, the President is doing everything he can and he will not give up even a single square inch.”

The senator said he recognizes the contribution of Carpio in defending the rights of the country over its territory in the West Philippine Sea.

However, he also noted that the strategies or option recommended by the Supreme Court justice, such as the filing of a diplomatic protest against China; sending of navy patrols to Scarborough shoal; asking the United States to help declare the area as territory of the Philippines; and accepting US’ offer of a joint naval patrol in South China Sea, may not be appropriate for the current situation and administration anymore.

“We need Justice Carpio to guide, to ask hard questions but if you look at the five steps that he wants, some of them are purely legal, some are purely diplomatic, but some are a matter of strategy and geopolitics that the administration has to weigh at this period in time,” said Cayetano.

“What could have been valid during the last 6 years… iba yung first five, iba yung last two minutes, (the first five is different; the last two minutes are different).”

Meanwhile, acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has yet to determine the action it will take on the reported plan of China to build structures on one of the disputed territories in the South China Sea, the Scarborough or Panatag Shoal.

Manalo said no further action will be taken pending China’s response to the Philippine government’s request for a clarification on the matter.

“Justice Carpio has been very involved in this issue. I think he is very knowledgeable, and he has proposed certain options, but those options would only swing in under certain conditions as of now. That’s why it’s really very difficult to comment on them and all we can really do is to wait for China’s clarifications on the reported plan,” he said.

Meanwhile, Cayetano commented on rumors that he will be the next DFA secretary and explained his reasons for talking about the Philippines’ foreign affairs.
The senator said, his being in the Legislative branch allows him more freedom to talk than officials under the Executive branch.

He stressed that his talking has nothing to do with him being the next DFA secretary.

“When it comes sa mga press con, mas nakakapagsalita talaga yung outside the DFA because sa DFA each and every word na sabihin niya, ini-iscrutinize ng lahat diplomats around the world. So kahit sino, kahit ako or ibang mga tao ang malagay sa DFA, limited din talaga ang pwedeng sabihin (When it comes to press cons, those outside the DFA can talk more because when you’re with DFA, every word is scrutinized by diplomats around the world. So anybody, even me, once assigned to the DFA will be limited on what they are allowed to say),” explained Cayetano.
Currently, Cayetano is the chairperson of the Senate committee on foreign relations.

He also said he is preparing for whatever lies ahead, adding that he’s leaving the decision to the President on whether or not to appoint him as the next DFA secretary. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

Paglalantad ng identity ng social media users, ipinanukala vs trolling

Robie de Guzman   •   July 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Ilantad ang pagkakakilanlan ng social media users – ito ang nakikitang paraan ni dating Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice at 1Sambayan lead-convenor Antonio Carpio upang masugpo ang isyu ng trolling.

Ang social media trolling ay pag-atake ng ilang netizen sa mga hindi pumapabor sa kanilang paniniwala.

“The solution is simple: require all those who comment on online publications, online platforms, to reveal their real identity. If you are from China state your name, state your country of residence,” ani Carpio.

Aniya, hindi dapat payagan ng management ng social media platforms ang mga pekeng account o mga gawa-gawa lang ang pangalan.

Layunin nitong matukoy at agad mapanagot ang sinumang nagpo-post ng maling impormasyon o kaya ay paninira sa social media.

Mahihimok din ang social media users na maging maingat sa pagpo-post ng impormasyon o mensahe dahil sila ay maaaring maparusahan.

“Because if you put your real name you will be circumspect, you will weigh every word you put there because you could be sued for libel or you could be laughed up if you express something ridiculous,” ani Carpio.

Naniniwala ang dating mahistrado na hindi ito mahirap gawin para sa mga nangangasiwa ng social media platform.

Inihalimbawa pa nito ang ginawang pagkansela noon ng Facebook sa mga fake account na natukoy mula sa Fuijan Province sa China na nagpapahayag ng suporta para sa administrasyong Duterte. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

PH gov’t to verify reports on foreign ships’ alleged sewage dumping in West Philippine Sea

Robie de Guzman   •   July 14, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government will look into a report that some foreign vessels were allegedly dumping sewage wastes in the contested parts of the West Philippine Sea, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement in response to a report released by US-based geospatial imagery firm, Simularity, which stated that foreign ships have been dumping sewage and human wastes in the reefs of the disputed waters.

“The responsible answer is we are verifying first, we will react if it’s been verified,” Roque said in a press briefing.

“We should accord our neighbors, and our friends the presumption of good faith, when they say something about an issue,” he added.

If the reports are true, Roque said the government would never allow the Philippines to become a garbage dump.

He even cited the incident when the Philippines sent back to Canada its illegally exported trash in 2019.

The Department of National Defense earlier said it is already verifying the report as it noted that the photo accompanying it was supposedly taken on the Australian Great Barrier Reef in 2014.

DND verifying report on ships allegedly dumping wastes in West Philippine Sea

Robie de Guzman   •   July 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense (DND) is investigating reports of alleged dumping of human wastes by some foreign vessels in the West Philippine Sea.

In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he has ordered the Western command, which has jurisdiction over the West Philippine Sea, to verify the reports circulating online.

“We have taken note of the news circulating online about the alleged dumping of wastes in the South China Sea,” Lorenzana said.

Simularity, a US-based geospatial imagery firm, earlier reported that unknown ships have been dumping sewage and human wastes in the reefs of the disputed waters.

But Lorenzana expressed doubt over the report because of the photo accompanying it seemed to have been taken from a different area.

“The photo of a ship seen dumping waste accompanying the report was found to have been taken in the Australian Great Barrier Reef in 2014. Therefore, this intent to mislead has cast great doubt on the accurateness of the Simularity Report,’ he said.

“We also question the conclusion reached by Simularity from just looking at satellite photos,” he added.

Lorenzana said that while they are confirming and verifying these wastes being dumped in the West Philippine Sea, he said such irresponsible acts, if true, are considered to be gravely detrimental to the marine ecology in the area.

“Despite conflicting claims and interests by states in the South China Sea, all nations must be responsible stewards of our natural resources and environment,” he added.

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