Sec. Albert del Rosario, pormal nang nagpaalam sa DFA

admin   •   February 10, 2016   •   3200

Outgoing DFA Secretary Albert Del Rosario

Outgoing DFA Secretary Albert Del Rosario

PASAY CITY, Philippines — Humarap sa media si outgoing Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert Del Rosario.

Dito, naging emotional si Del Rosario nang kumpirmahin ang kanyang resignation.

Ipinahayag din nito ang mga achievement ng departmento pagdating sa pagpapatupad ng foreign policies tulad ng pagtulong sa mga OFW at ang pag-aksyon nito sa West Philippine Sea dispute sa mapayapang paraan.

Sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Del Rosario sa DFA, naihain ang arbitration case ng Pilipinas laban sa china hinggil sa pinag-aagawang teritoryo sa West PHL Sea.

Sa kanyang pag-alis umaasa si Del Rosario na maipagpapatuloy ang mga polisiyang ito.

“It is my hope that this principled foreign policy will be embraced by the next admin because it’s a total protection of the national interest.”

Sa Marso ay epektibo na ang kanyang resignation.

Tumanggi naman itong banggitin kung sino ang nirekommenda kay Pangulong Aquino na papalit sa kanya.

Nilinaw din ni Del Rosario na halos tapos na lahat nang kailangan gawin ng DFA kaugnay ng kasong isinampa ng bansa laban sa China sa West Philippine Sea dispute kaya hindi na maapektuhan ng kanyang pag-alis ang naturang kaso.

Kung may kailangan pang ayusin kaugnay nito, handa naman ang iba pang kinatawan ang DFA na gawin ito.

Gayunpaman, umaasa sya na bago mag Mayo ay maglalabas na ng desisyon ang arbitral court kaugnay ng kasong isinampa ng Pilipinas laban sa China.

“We want to discuss freedom of navigation. We want to look at the island-building as well as the question of de facto isles and arbitration.”

Inihayag din ni Del Rosario na may mga pag-uusap na planuhin ang pagsasagawa ng isang South China Sea Claimants Meeting sa ASEAN Foreign Affairs Summit nagaganapin naman sa China. (DARLENE BASINGAN / UNTV News)

Morales, Del Rosario insist ICC did not reject communication vs China’s Xi Jinping

Robie de Guzman   •   December 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario insisted that the International Criminal Court (ICC) did not reject the communication they filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping for Beijing’s actions in the West Philippine Sea.

This is after the ICC said in its report that it had no jurisdiction over the case.

In a report released Thursday, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the tribunal does not have jurisdiction over Morales and Del Rosario’s complaint against China’s alleged crimes against humanity in the West Philippine Sea.

The Court also found it does not have jurisdiction over the complaint as the accused are from China, which is not a state party to the Rome Statute – the treaty which formed the tribunal.

“The crimes referred to in the communication were allegedly committed by Chinese nationals in the territory of the Philippines. China is not a State Party to the Rome Statute. Accordingly, the Court lacks personal jurisdiction,” the report read.

On March 15, 2019, Morales and Del Rosario filed a communication before the ICC against Xi and other Chinese officials over China’s alleged “atrocious actions” in the West Philippine Sea.

They accused the Chinese executives of committing of crimes against humanity for purportedly damaging the resources at the disputed territory through Beijing’s ongoing reclamation activities in the area.

The ICC noted that while the alleged crimes of Xi and other Chinese officials occurred in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), it cannot be considered a territory of the state.

“Criminal conduct which takes place in the EEZ and continental shelf is thus in principle outside of the territory of a Coastal State… This circumstance is not altered by the fact that certain rights of the Coastal State are recognised in these areas,” it said.

Del Rosario and Carpio-Morales, however, said in a joint statement that the ICC’s report only strengthened their resolve, adding that the Prosecutor welcomes new facts and evidence to proceed with the case.

“Let them gloat in the meantime. This is just the beginning. Abangan,” Carpio-Morales said.

The ICC report stated that its findings may be reconsidered in light of new facts and evidence, which Del Rosario and Carpio-Morales vowed to provide. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Palace: Del Rosario may have misused diplomatic passport

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 22, 2019

Former Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario

Former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario may have misused his diplomatic passport according to Malacañang.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the case of former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales is different from that of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Del Rosario.

“Mr. Del Rosario may have misused a diplomatic passport in his travel to Hong Kong, a trip which is private in nature and is in no way related to government or foreign service,” the statement reads.

READ: Ex-DFA chief Del Rosario held at Hong Kong airport

Panelo adds that Del Rosario should have been alerted on the proper use of diplomatic passports and other travel documents.

Malacañang continues to provide assistance to Del Rosario through the country’s consular office in Hong Kong.

Del Rosario was held up by immigration officials in Hong Kong Friday morning (June 21) when he arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport. —AAC

Hong Kong bars entry of PH ex-DFA chief Albert del Rosario

Robie de Guzman   •   June 21, 2019

Former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario

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.

But unlike del Rosario, Morales was eventually allowed entry to Hong Kong, but she decided to just go back to the Philippines.


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