PH occupation on some islands of West Philippine Sea, illegal – Amb. Zhao Jianhua
admin • May 2, 2017 • 4919
MANILA – Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua considers the occupation of the Philippines on some islands in the West Philippine Sea including the Pag-asa Island which is within the territories of Palawan, illegal.
“We view the occupation by the Philippine side of those islands are illegal and so the buildings on it are also illegal,” Amb. Jianhua said.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he does not see any violations in the Philippines’ occupation on the islands.
On the other hand, President Rodrigo Duterte says the island has long been occupied by Filipinos.
“We have been there since 1974 by the way,” Pres. Duterte said.
President Duterte is also determined to improve the facilities on the island. However, China is open to a peaceful resolution to the issue.
“I think the policy is adhere to peaceful negotiation to have peaceful solution but our position, I have said, we view that as illegal,” Amb. Jianhua added
It can be noted that China was alarmed by Defense Secretary Lorenzana’s visit to the Pag-asa island together with some military officials to inspect facilities on the island. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday said that President Rodrigo Duterte will not interfere with the row between Duterte Youth Party-list nominee Ronald Cardema and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Rowena Guanzon.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Cardema and Guanzon’s feud is between the two of them.
He added that the president will not meddle in the issue as he respects the independence of Comelec and other constitutional bodies.
“The case between Mr. Cardema and Commissioner Guanzon, I think it’s between the two of them,” he said.
“Moreover, the President respects the independence of any constitutional body. The President has not and will not interfere on any function of the Commission as well as other constitutional bodies,” he added.
Guanzon has been vocal about her opposition to Cardema’s nomination as the Duterte Youth Party-list representative and accused the latter as the one behind the threats against her.
Cardema, in turn, accused Guanzon of extortion, which she denied.
The Commissioner also dared the former to file an impeachment case against her.
The feud between the two follows the decision of the poll body’s first division to cancel Cardema’s nomination as representative of the Duterte Youth party because the law states that youth representatives must be from 25 to 30 years old.
Instead of having word war, Panelo advised Cardema to file an appropriate complaint against Guanzon to settle the issue. (with details from Rosalie Coz)
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