Hong Kong bars entry of PH ex-DFA chief Albert del Rosario
Robie de Guzman • June 21, 2019 • 1148
Former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has been barred from entering Hong Kong after being held and questioned by immigration officers at the Hong Kong International Airport for several hours.
Del Rosario said in a text message to reporters that he has been denied entry without explanation after a five-hour hold. This is also despite the Philippine diplomatic passport he was carrying.
The former DFA chief was held up by Hong Kong immigration officers when he arrived at the airport around 7:40 a.m. on Friday.
Del Rosario said he was travelling to the Chinese special administrative region to attend First Pacific’s board and shareholders meeting.
Philippine Consul in Hong Kong Paul Saret, head of the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section, said that around 1 p.m., the former diplomat was escorted by an immigration personnel to board a plane.
Saret and Philippine Consul General in Hong Kong Antonio Morales accompanied him prior to his departure.
Del Rosario is expected to travel back to the Philippines this afternoon.
Del Rosario, along with former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, filed a communication against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court in relation with Beijing’s activities in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
It will be recalled that Carpio-Morales was also held up by immigration officers when she and her family visited Hong Kong in May.
There is no truth to the reports that President Rodrigo Duterte had been apologetic to President Xi Jinping when the former raised the arbitral ruling in the South China Sea in his recent visit to China.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin, Jr said the reports were a total fabrication and a complete lie.
“The reports that the President was apologetic in raising the arbitral award is a total fabrication, and in every aspect a complete lie. On the contrary, the President has, in my experience in his visits to China, always raise the Arbitral Award,” Locsin stressed.
Locsin also maintained that the president had been firm in insisting that China has to seek permission from the Philippine government before any of its warships incurs in Philippine waters.
“By insisting on, the President I admire him for this, on permission. But by China saying, yes we will ask for permission, we are now on the side of China in the revision of UNCLOS which is now asking for permission,” the DFA head added.
The official added that the Philippine government had been filing diplomatic protests to insist on the country’s rights in the disputed territory.
“And we have not withdrawn from a single square inch of what we claim is ours,” Locsin underscored.
The Philippines has filed 60 diplomatic protests under the Duterte administration. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf
President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called on officials, particularly young officials, to maintain a fighting spirit and strengthen their ability to struggle, to strive for achieving the two centenary goals and the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the statement during the opening ceremony of a training program for young and middle-aged officials at the Party School of CPC Central Committee (National Academy of Governance).
Xi reminded the officials of both a hard-won historic opportunity and a series of major risks and tests the country faces, adding that maintaining a fighting spirit and strengthening the ability to struggle is a must in meeting the targets set by the Party.
He warned of growing complexity of risks and tests which can be “unthinkably challenging,” stressed the long-term nature of various struggles, and called for the courage to fight and the mettle to win.
Xi said a general direction in carrying out various struggles is that the leadership of the CPC and the country’s socialist system must be unwaveringly upheld.
He called for absolute determination to fight and overcome any risk or challenge that endangers the CPC leadership and the socialist system, harms China’s sovereignty, security, and development interests, jeopardizes the core and fundamental interests of the country and the people, or hinders the realization of the two centenary goals and the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.
Xi said leading officials should have foresightedness to be aware of where risks lie, how they manifest themselves and what trends they follow, and have the resolve to fight when they are called for.
He emphasized the art of struggle and the need to apply proper strategies and methods.
Xi stressed rigorous ideological, political and practical training for leading officials, noting that no matter what post they hold, it is necessary to develop and maintain a firm spirit, a resolute will and outstanding capabilities to carry out various struggles in their work.
Wang Huning, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and a member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee, attended the ceremony.
Chen Xi, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and head of the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee, presided over the ceremony.
The two centenary goals are to finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by the time the CPC marks its centenary and to build China into a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, and harmonious by the time the People’s Republic of China celebrates its centenary. (REUTERS)
Chinese President Xi Jinping has refused to recognize the Hague arbitral ruling which favored the Philippines in the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
During the bilateral meeting on Thursday evening (Aug 29), President Rodrigo Duterte brought up the issue in the West Philippine Sea.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the president insisted that the arbitral award is final, binding and not subject to appeal.
“President Duterte was also steadfast in raising with President Xi concerns central to the Philippines’ claim in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), which include the ruling held by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague,” he said.
However, Panelo added that “President Xi reiterated his government’s position of not recognizing the arbitral ruling as well as not budging from its position.”
Despite this, the Chinese president agrees to have a code of conduct in the South China Sea to resolve the disputed territories. This should have been formed before the end of Duterte’s term in 2022.
Meanwhile, the President Duterte remains determined to strengthen ties with China.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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