Rep. Biazon: Mga barko ng Pilipinas, dapat pabalikin agad sa Panatag Shoal

UNTV News   •   July 5, 2012   •   3637

Former Senator and incumbent Muntinlupa City Rep. Rodolfo Biazon. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Walang dapat sayanging panahon ang gobyerno at dapat pabalikin na sa Panatag Shoal ang mga barko ng Pilipinas.

Ito ang panawagan ng Chairman ng House Committee on National Defense na si Rodolfo Biazon kay Pangulong Aquino.

Ayon sa kongresista, lumilikha ng negatibong impresyon sa international community ang kawalan ng presensya ng ating barko sa disputed area.

“It sends the impression that we are giving up,” anang dating Senador Biazon.

Bukod sa barko ng Philippine Coast Guard, dapat na ring hikayatin ng gobyerno na bumalik  sa Bajo De Masinloc ang mga pilipinong mangingisda, maging ang Philippine Navy.

Binatikos rin ng mambabatas ang ikinakasang oil exploration sa Recto Bank kasama ang mga negosyanteng Tsino.

Ayon kay Biazon, mas maiging kumuha na lamang ng katuwang sa oil exploration sa ibang bansa gaya sa Europa at hindi sa mga bansang may interes sa ating mga teritoryo gaya ng China.

“Why are we going to invite to our house an entity that is claiming our house? That is crazy!”

Ipinahiwatig din ni Biazon ang kanyang pagsuporta sa hakbang ng Aquino administration na hilingin sa Amerika ang pagpapalipad ng spy plane sa pinag-aagawang Scarborough Shoal para mamonitor ang lugar.

May batayan din ang gobyerno sa ilalim ng international at ASEAN protocols patungkol sa exchange of intelligence information at lalong matibay na maaring pagbatayan ng bansa ang mutual defense treaty ng Pilipinas at Amerika.

Subalit una nang nagbabala ang China sa isang local newspaper nito na dapat tigilan na ng Pilipinas ang inilalabas nitong mga provocative statement upang hindi na gumulo pa ang sitwasyon.

Apela ng China, tumulong ang Pilipinas na pakalmahin ang sitwasyon at isulong ang bilateral cooperations. (Ito ang Balita ni Victor Cosare / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

UK to increase visa rights if China pursues Hong Kong security law

UNTV News   •   May 29, 2020

The United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and Canada scolded China on Thursday (May 28) for imposing a new security law that they said would threaten freedom and breach a 1984 Sino-British agreement on the autonomy of the former colony.

British foreign minister Dominic Raab said the four countries were “deeply troubled” by the decision of China’s People’s Congress, which democracy activists in Hong Kong fear could erode its freedoms and jeopardise its role as a global financial hub.

China says the legislation will aim to tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in the city but the plan, unveiled in Beijing last week, triggered the first big protests in Hong Kong for months.

Raab said Britain will give greater visa rights to British national overseas (BNO) passport holders from Hong Kong unless China suspends the proposed security laws. (Reuters)

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China’s parliament approves Hong Kong national security bill

UNTV News   •   May 28, 2020

China’s National People’s Congress’ third session closed on Thursday (May 28) after parliament members voted on a proposal to implement Hong Kong’s national security legislation.

“The session made a decision to establish a legal system and enforcement mechanism for the national security of Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region,” chairman of the standing committee of the NPC, Li Zhanshu, told delegates at the closing ceremony.

“It will uphold and improve the ‘one country, two systems’ policy. It is in line with the Constitution and Hong Kong’s Basic Law and is in the interest of all Chinese people including Hong Kong people,” he added.

The legislation received 2,878 votes while one voted against and six abstained. The draft national security law has received international criticism with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declaring that Hong Kong is ‘no longer autonomous.’

Hong Kong, which has freedoms not granted in the mainland such as freedom of assembly and freedom of the press, has experienced months-long anti-government protests which sparked from a now-withdrawn extradition bill. (Reuters)

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Hong Kong leader says security laws will not affect city’s rights and freedoms

UNTV News   •   May 26, 2020

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday (May 26) that Beijing’s proposed national security laws would not trample on the city’s rights and freedoms and called on its citizens to wait to see the details of the legislation.

Beijing unveiled plans last week for national security legislation for Hong Kong that aims to tackle secession, subversion and terrorist activities. It could see Chinese intelligence agencies set up bases in the city.

Thousands poured onto the street of Hong Kong on Sunday (May 24) in a mass protest against the planned new security laws.

Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd and arrested almost 200 people.

More protests are expected in Hong Kong on Wednesday (May 27). (Reuters)

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