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CARPIO TELLS PINOYS: Wake up Duterte, tell him West Philippine Sea is ours

“Shout out to President Duterte that China is not in possession of the WPS. Shout out loud so that President Duterte will wake up from his deep sleep under the kulambo and admit to the nation the truth — that China is not in possession of the WPS,” retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Carpio made this call to Filipinos on Friday as he accused President Rodrigo Duterte of failing to enforce a ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration that awarded the West Philippine Sea to the Philippines.

Speaking at an online forum organized by the Philippine Bar Association, Carpio said Filipinos must correct Duterte’s false mantra that “China is in possession of the WPS.”

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DRILON: Duterte should ask help of US, Japan, Australia, other allies in fight vs. China

By ROGER M. BALANZA

President Rodrigo Duterte should ask the country’s neighbors and allies , including the United States, Japan and Australia, to join the Philippines’ fight against China and its illegal occupation of the country’s territory.

Senator Franklin DrIlon made this suggestion as China refused to move out its vessels in the West Philippine Sea, which is under the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EZZ), deSpite continued protests by the Philippines.

“Apart from the protests, which I support, we should, as an objective, get the other nations to confront China, including our allies—United States, Japan and Australia. We must unite against the unlawful Chinese incursion in the West Philippine Sea,” Drilon said.

But while making a suggestion on how to resolve the territorial conflict withChina, Drilon also snapped at Duterte’s “policy of appeasement and accommodation toward China.”

This presidential complacency encouraged Beijing to ignore the Philippines’ protests and continue its occupation of waters well within the country’s 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone, said Drilon.

Drilon said the Philippines has legal basis in “rightfully and forcefully asserting the country’s claims on the West Philippine Sea” based on the 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in favor of the Philippines .



DUTERTE, XI WANT CODE OF CONDUCT IN SOUTH CHINA SEA FAST-TRACKED

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Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi have agreed that the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea should be completed immediately.

“Acknowledging the importance of a COC in the South China Sea to regional peace and stability, the two Presidents expressed determination to fast track negotiations for the conclusion of an effective and substantive COC at the soonest possible time,” said Panelo.

Duterte returned to Manila on Sunday from his fifth visit to Beijing after holding “productive” and “candid” bilateral talks with Xi in Beijing on several issues including the disputed West Philippine Sea.

In a statement, Panelo said that “Presidents Duterte and Xi had candid ad open exchange of views on the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea, including the Arbitral Award which the Philippines won in 2016,” the statement read.

But Panelo said that Xi will not recognize the arbitral ruling but China will avoid “provocative acts” in the contested waters.

Panelo also bared that Duterte will no longer raise the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in future meetings with the Chinese leader. The PCA rejected China’s claim on the West Philippine Sea.

He said despite contrasting views on the arbitral ruling, the two leaders understood that this should not hinder their cooperation in areas of economy and security.

An arrival statement from Malacañang enumerated the accomplishments made during Duterte’s fifth visit to Beijing, which kicked off with a bilateral meeting between the two leaders at the Diaoyutai Guest House on August 29.

Duterte and Xi reaffirmed the longstanding friendship between the Philippines and China and renewed their commitment to further enhance their Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation.

As promised, Duterte invoked the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling rejecting China’s claim on the West Philippine Sea. However, Xi was firm in his stand that China will not recognize it.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping witness the exchange of signed agreements between Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero and Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan following the successful bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. (Presidential Photo)

Duterte expressed the Philippines’ commitment to enhance Asean’s engagement with China in its stewardship of the Asean-China Dialogue.

During his meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Duterte also reiterated the Philippines’ resolve to expand economic ties and people-to-people exchanges with China and stressed the need to complete infrastructure projects with China with favorable financing arrangements.

Li, for his part, assured that China is ready to step up cooperation in support of the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

Aside from meeting top Chinese leaders, Duterte also met with Chinese and Filipino investors, including key business leaders in the Philippine construction industry, during the Philippines-China Business Forum organized by the Department of Trade and Industry.

There were six agreements signed during the visit, covering cooperation in the areas of education, science and technology, finance, and customs, among others.

To cap his visit to China, Duterte graced in Beijing the opening ceremony of the 2019 FIBA Basketball Word Cup and travelled to Guangdong to watch the game of Gilas Pilipinas against Italy at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Foshan City.

Duterte came as a special guest of President Xi, the only foreign leader invited to the event.

He was welcomed by Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and the top political leaders of the province in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.

Panelo said although Gilas absorbed a lopsided 108-62 defeat at the hands of the “taller, bigger, shiftier and sharp-shooting” Italian opponents, the Philippines displayed “flashes of brilliance” that is worthy of praise.

“It’s not always winning that counts; it is how the game is played. Our Filipino players honorably competed with grit and passion today, and for that they deserve our admiration,” Panelo said. (with PNA report)