Philippines never abandoned bilateral talks with China over sea dispute – Sec. Yasay
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said some of his counterparts expressed concern over the alleged continued militarization in the West Philippine Sea.
Secretary Yasay said, “On the South China Sea, a number of ministers expressed concern over recent developments and escalation of activity in the area which may further raise tensions and erode trust and confidence in the region.”
Thus, some of the foreign ministers believe it is important for the Philippines to continue having dialogues with China to resolve the territorial dispute in the region.
During the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or Foreign Ministers Retreat on Boracay Island on Tuesday, Yasay said they are focusing now on bigger aspects of ASEAN integration since discussions on the West Philippine Sea dispute remain on deadlock.
Yasay added,“Since the decision of our dispute in the South China Sea is not the sum total of our relationship with China, we set it aside. We started to pursue the bigger aspects of our relationship which is promoting trade, promoting investments and pursuing to the hilt those areas where we have a convergence of natural interest to make sure that we could come up with something most beneficial mutually for the parties concerned.”
Despite this, the foreign ministers still insist on the importance of resolving the issue through peaceful means and according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Sec. Yasay said the Philippines is ready to have bilateral talks with China, which shall be conducted at the right time.
“The arbitral tribunal ruling in July 12, 2016 is something that we will have to pursue with China through bilateral engagements and we have not abandoned that.”
Meanwhile, ASEAN senior officials together with representatives from the Philippines will have a meeting in the United States in May.
Sec. Yasay said he hopes to personally talk with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the said meeting.
“I would hope that this could be done as soon as possible. It would be very important for us as I am sure it will be important for the United States in our desire to forge closer ties and closer relationships with the two countries.” — Jun Soriao, UNTV News & Rescue
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force recently conducted a combat air patrol in the South China Sea, said a military spokesperson on Thursday.
PLA Spokesperson Shen Jinke said their mission was to fly through the ‘first island chain’ information. The various bombers flying over the Bashi channel and then the South China Sea took off to regroup into the formation.
All warplanes have completed their training sorties and patrolling missions on the same day.
According to Shen, the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has directed the air force to combat-oriented and combat-ready training and patrols to better tackle possible aerial challenges over the seas.
Currently, the PLA Air Force is transforming into a modernized strategic service capable of combating all over the territorial airspace. The 400,000 air force service people all bear in mind their missions for the new era. They are working harder to enhance striking, defending and force projecting capabilities, to better safeguard national sovereignty, security, peace, and development,” said the spokesperson.
The Chinese Air Force started regular high seas training in 2015. — Reuters
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang announced the end of telecommunications duopoly in the country after President Rodrigo Duterte offered China to operate the third telecom carrier in the Philippines.
“During the bilateral talks between President Duterte and the Chinese premier, President Duterte offered to the People’s Republic of China the privilege to operate the third telecom’s carrier in the country,” said Presidential spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque.
China has not given a particular name of the company for the offer.
Aside from this, there will be additional two terabits per second because of new internet facilities that will be built through the partnership of the government and a Facebook affiliate.
Malacañang said this could have been implemented long time ago as well as the breaking of the duopoly in telecom carriers but was delayed during the leadership in the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) by Rodolfo Salalima.
This is the conflict of interest mentioned by President Duterte when he fired Salalima.
“This agreement with the subsidiary of Facebook should have been signed as early as December 2016. It was not signed by the former secretary of the DICT. It was further reported by the special investigating committee that the former DICT secretary likewise may have prevented the earlier breakup of the duopoly by delaying the use of satellites as viable option,” said Roque.
If these initiatives will push through, it’s not only the cellular technology that will be improved but also the internet speed and access. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
In a televised speech, US President Donald Trump bragged his five-nation Asia tour as a tremendous success claiming America is back as a global leader.
“The days of the United States being taken advantage of are over. Other countries treat America with the respect that our country so richly deserves,” said Trump.
Trump returned on Tuesday night, from a tour that took him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
The president claimed to have won agreement from countries in the region to exert “maximum pressure” on North Korea in its development of nuclear weapons in defiance of U.N. sanctions.
He also mentioned of other accomplishments that resulted from his meeting with ASEAN and other partner countries such as paving the way for a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, and insisted on “free and reciprocal” trade relations with the Pacific Rim.
“At ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, we made it clear that no one owns the ocean. Freedom of navigation and overflight are critical to the security and prosperity of all nations,” said the US president.
On his trip to the Philippines, Trump vowed to deepen the US ties with the Philippines and preserve the long-standing alliance the following rift from his predecessor, citing the US help during the war in Marawi City.
“During our visit, President Duterte of the Philippines thanked the American people and our armed forces for supporting the recent liberation of Marawi from ISIS,” said Trump. — Reuters
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