Philippines considers two-way sea talks with China – if wins case at The Hague

admin   •   February 15, 2016   •   1574

A Filipino soldier patrols at the shore of Pagasa island (Thitu Island) in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/RITCHIE B. TONGO/POOL

A Filipino soldier patrols at the shore of Pagasa island (Thitu Island) in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015.
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The Philippines may consider two-way talks with China to resolve a territorial dispute in the South China Sea but only if it wins its case with Beijing at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague, Manila’s foreign minister said on Friday.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, believed to have huge deposits of oil and gas. Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Taiwan also claim the waterways where about $5 trillion of ship-borne goods passes annually.

China refuses to recognize the case lodged by the Philippines with the tribunal and says all disputes should be resolved through bilateral talks.

Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario, who has resigned effective next month due to health reasons, said the court may hand down a ruling before May.

“A bilateral approach per se is good,” del Rosario said in a television interview, three years after Manila filed the case in The Hague, rejecting Beijing’s offer of two-way talks.

“When the conclusion of the arbitration is handed down, and if it is in our favor, I think we should initiate a bilateral because we already have a platform by which we can solidly approach the negotiating table. If it’s not in our favor, they will approach us.”

(Reporting by Manuel Mogato; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Complaint filed before ICC vs PRRD, a black propaganda — Atty. Panelo

UNTV News   •   April 25, 2017

MANILA — Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Atty. Salvador Panelo said that the complaint filed before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands against President Rodrigo Duterte is just a black propaganda.

The complaint was filed by the camp of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato. According to Panelo, the complaint will not move forward in the ICC because it is baseless since there is no state-sponsored or extrajudicial killings in the country.

Aside from this, Panelo does not believe it will fall under crime against humanity since there is no murder against particular class of people.

“Apparently, the intention is to black propaganda the President hoping that media worldwide would catch on it, and paint against the President a murderer when in fact, he’s only doing his constitutional duty to protect and preserve his country,” Panelo said. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

Philippines says China must recognize South China Sea ruling

admin   •   August 30, 2016

A Philippine flag flutters from BRP Sierra Madre, a dilapidated Philippine Navy ship that has been aground since 1999 and became a Philippine military detachment on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea March 29, 2014. REUTERS/ERIK DE CASTRO

A Philippine flag flutters from BRP Sierra Madre, a dilapidated Philippine Navy ship that has been aground since 1999 and became a Philippine military detachment on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea March 29, 2014.
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China will be the ‘loser’ if it does not recognize an international court ruling against its territorial claims in the South China Sea, Philippine Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Tuesday.

An arbitration court in The Hague infuriated China in July when it ruled that China had no historical title over the South China Sea and it had breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights.

China has ignored the ruling that none of its claims in the disputed Spratly Islands entitled it to a 200-mile (320 km) exclusive economic zone. Its construction work on reefs there has alarmed other claimants, as well the United States and Japan.

“We are trying to make China understand especially when the dust settles that unless they respect and recognize the arbitral tribunal, they will be the losers at the end of that day on this matter,” Yasay told a congressional hearing.

Prior to starting bilateral talks, the Philippines plans to seal a deal for China to allow Philippine fishermen to access the resource-rich waters, Yasay said.

China seized Scarborough Shoal in 2012, denying Philippine fishermen access, one of the factors that prompted Manila to seek arbitration.

“When we start formal negotiations or bilateral engagements with China, we will have to do it within the context of the arbitral decision. There are no buts or ifs insofar as our policy on this matter is concerned,” Yasay said.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims in the sea, believed to be rich in energy deposits.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said last week he expects talks with China to start within a year. — Reuters

China says has right to set up air defense zone in South China Sea

admin   •   July 13, 2016

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S....

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S….

China has the right to set up an air defense zone in the South China Sea, but this will depend on the level of threats faced, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Wednesday.

China hopes to return to bilateral talks with Manila over the South China Sea, Liu said, following a ruling by an international arbitration panel which found in favor of the Philippines on a number of disputes in the region.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by Brenda Goh; Editing by Lincoln Feast)

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