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PH to move vs China’s harassment

SECRETARY Jose Almendras of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) vowed to take a course of action against China once defense authorities have verified the reported harassment of Filipino fishermen by Chinese Coast Guard vessels off the Manila-claimed Scarborough shoal in the West Philippine Sea.
“When and if our Armed Forces does validate it, then we will be launching our official course of action -– to express our opinions according to the diplomatic channels,” the Philippines News Agency (PNA) quoted Almendras as saying Monday in his first press conference since assuming as DFA chief on March 8. He replaced Albert del Rosario who stepped down due to health problems.

Filipinos aware of PH-China row

THE government welcomes the high consciousness of Filipinos on the West Philippine Sea dispute issue, noting it will strengthen the country’s position as it pushes for a peaceful resolution based on international law.
“A unified citizenry is needed in terms of asserting our national position on the need to respect our maritime entitlements, according to international law, the UN (United Nations) Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said in a radio interview Saturday.

PH senator to gov’t: Defuse WPS tension

CONCERNED over rising tension at the West Philippine Sea, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on Wednesday urged Malacanang to intensify efforts at exploring all diplomatic avenues to find a peaceful means in resolving our conflicting territorial claims with China in the area.
Last week Chinese Navy sent a stern warning against a US spy plane monitoring aggressive Chinese reclamation activities in the area, asking it to leave their airspace. But the US said it would continue to defy China as their flight operations were done in international airspace.

PH lawmakers: Diplomatic offensive vs China!

TWO members of the House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Philippine government to launch a diplomatic offensive by encouraging other countries to defend the Philippine territory and exclusive economic zones and counter China’s illegal reclamation in the disputed area.
“The Philippines would not get the support of the United States in its fight against China’s intrusion in the West Philippine Seas,” Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate of the nationalist bloc Bayan Muna said in House Resolution 2031.

Phl senator: Probe China’s structures in Spratly

PHILIPPINE Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV on Tuesday filed Senate Resolution No. 1269, seeking an investigation into the alleged land reclamations and dredging operations of China on the disputed Spratly’s group of islands and the alleged downgrading of the country’s claim over Sabah.

Philippines to look into China’s new rule

PHILIPPINE lawmakers on Tuesday submitted House Resolution No. 671 directing the Committee on Foreign Affairs to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on China’s New Sea Rules and the heightening of tensions in the West Philippine Sea.
Representatives Neri Colmenares, Carlos Isagani Zarate and Antonio Tinio crafted the resolution in an effort to find a peaceful and diplomatic resolution to the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea without meddling by the United States.
The lawmakers said the inquiry would be conducted within the framework of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea signed by ASEAN members and the People’s Republic of China.”

China’s HPAI virus feared in Philippines

THE Philippine government on Monday banned the entry of chicken and chicken products, domesticated and wild birds from China after it confirmed an outbreak of another strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

In a memorandum dated January 19, 2014, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the ban covers also the importation of poultry meat, day-old chicks, eggs and semen from the People’s Republic of China.

The ban was ordered after the Chinese ministry submitted a report dated December 21, 2013 to the Office Internationale des Epizooties (OIE), the intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health worldwide.

China, Philippines to meet on disputed seas

A government official on Saturday said the Philippines welcomed China’s inclination to dialogue and meet halfway regarding the fishing policy imposed by Beijing in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Speaking for the government, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda pointed out it was the Philippines that had set the tone for discussion by seeking clarification from China on the fishing rules.

“We made the first move. We asked them, we wanted to seek clarification,” Lacierda told the state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan (People’s Radio) in an interview.

Phl mayor belittles China’s fishing policy

MAYOR Eugenio Bito-onon Jr. of the Kalayaan town in the disputed West Philippine Sea (WPS) on Wednesday said the fishing policy recently imposed by China is “absurd” and a violation of the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Seas (UNCLOS).

Bito-onon, who has been very vocal about his opinion against China’s alleged bullying, told the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the new fishing policy would be hard to implement since the West Philippine Sea “is very, very far and outside China’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ).”

Philippine mayor belittles China’s fishing policy

MAYOR Eugenio Bito-onon Jr. of the Kalayaan town in the disputed West Philippine Sea (WPS) on Wednesday said the fishing policy recently imposed by China is “absurd” and a violation of the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Seas (UNCLOS).
Bito-onon, who has been very vocal about his opinion against China’s alleged bullying, told the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the new fishing policy would be hard to implement since the West Philippine Sea “is very, very far and outside China’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ).”
“I don’t know how they will execute the policy because it involves so many countries and foreign fishermen,” Bito-onon said.
He also said that he is puzzled why China keeps on bullying the Philippines by making the Filipinos believe that they need to get their permission to be able to fish in the West Philippine Sea.
Bito-onon said the fishing policy is not new since it is only similar to the old 9-dash line map China did before.
“China only wants to scare Filipino fishermen off the contested region so that it could push a stronger claim over the West Philippines Sea,” Bito-onon pointed out, adding that this is the reason why tension in the region never goes away.
“I just ignore it. I don’t care whether they have that policy because we do not follow. We do not belong to their country, we follow our own rules. It cannot ban our fishermen to go to the West Philippine Sea to fish because there is freedom of navigation and there is right of innocent passage,” he said.
Bito-onon, however, stressed that China’s recent move will only speed up the resolution of the arbitration case the Philippines filed before the international court of law.