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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.

Documentary on PH-China row

THE Philippine government on Sunday invites the public to watch the second part of the documentary regarding the maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. on Sunday said it will be shown by 4:00 p.m. on June 22 (Monday) on the Facebook page of President Benigno Aquino and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Episode 02 will also be aired on People’s Television Network (PTV-4) at 5:30 p.m. There will be replays on June 23 and 26, at 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Who is provoking, China or US?

THE spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in Manila said their government firmly opposes America’s provocation and has lodged solemn representations with the American side.
This statement was published Tuesday after the Chinese Embassy held a press conference on Monday where spokesperson Hua Chunying answered questions from local and international journalists.
The press conference was held in response to media reports that Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel and other US officials alleged that the equitable resolution of disputes and the freedom of navigation are being challenged now by Chinese activities in the South China Sea, and the US looks to the Navy to uphold those principles.

‘PH has freedom of aviation over WPS’

PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III has maintained that the country has freedom of aviation over the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), despite last Wednesday’s incident when the Chinese Navy repeatedly warned a US surveillance plane as it flew over the contested waters.
“We will still fly the routes that we fly based on international law and the various conventions, agreements that have been entered into through various decades,” he said during an interview with members of the Malacañang Press Corps following the Brigada Eskwela and Oplan Balik Eskwela 2015 event, held at the Marikina Elementary School in Marikina City on Monday.
The President, however, pointed out that China has not declared an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the area.
President Aquino said the country will nonetheless continue to exercise its rights over its exclusive economic zone.
“We have maritime awareness, we know what is happening, and we have a calculated response to all of these incidents that are happening. Bottom line is, it has to be clear, we will defend our rights to the best of our abilities,” he said.
According to reports, the Chinese Navy told the US aircraft to leave the area eight times as it flew over the artificial islands that China has been building in the disputed territory.
China claims sovereignty over most of the contested area but the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have overlapping claims.

PH president to ASEAN: Play positive role

PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III on Monday urged members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to continue playing a positive role in resolving territorial conflicts in the region.
In his intervention during the 26th ASEAN Leaders’ Retreat at the Langkawi International Convention Center, Malaysia, President Aquino underscored the importance of promoting regional peace and stability with a “security architecture built on the primacy of the rule of law”.

Phl urged to secure its territory

THE issue with China over the West Philippine Sea is not only a local issue. It is a regional issue. It is a global issue.
Sen. Bam Aquino issued this statement Tuesday following reports that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila is doing its best to resolve the issue within the regional and international bodies.
“Right now, the best course of action is what we have done already, which is to raise this to the committee of nations,” Bam Aquino said.