China a rogue nation — Hontiveros

May 19, 2024 Camille P. Balagtas 99 views

CHINA’S new policy only affirms her emerging reputation as a rogue nation.”

These were the words of Senator Risa Hontiveros after China reportedly declared new regulations authorizing its coast guard to detain up to 60 days without trial foreign trespassers who cross what it claims are China’s borders but was declared under the Hague Arbitral International ruling as within the nation’s rights.

Hontiveros said it is clearly showing that China feels the heat on the recent successful “Atin Ito civilian mission,” in delivering fuel and food supplies to fishermen in the Scarborough Shoal which is located inside the country’s economic zone as legally provided for in the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea).

“The Atin Ito civilian mission – a rightful and peaceful show of solidarity – clearly hit a nerve for China. But instead of responding like a dignified country, she resorts to this tyrannical tactic that will only escalate tensions even further,” Hontivero explained.

According to Hontiveros, Filipinos should not feel intimidated explaining further that it was meant to scare us away and to stop those who are planning to sail in the West Phil. Sea to help in the resupply mission in the future.

Hontiveros warned that this move from China must not stop us in pursuing what is right and what is ours, saying this is just part of their bullying tactic which merit another complaint in the international court.

“Should Beijing dare push through with this illegitimate regulation, the Philippines’ hand may be forced to sue them again in the Hague Tribunal

“In the meantime, as advised by former Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, the Philippine government must now urge allies such as the US, Japan, Australia, France, and other like-minded nations to oppose this flagrant violation of international law by joining our patrols within our Exclusive Economic Zone.” Hontiveros said.

Hontiveros described China’s declaration as very intimidating and its new policy as unreasonable and unacceptable.

“China better abrogates on this shameless policy. China better stop inciting violence in our waters. China better leave the West Philippine Sea alone,” she said.

Senator Jose Jinggoy Estrada for his part condemned the recent pronouncement of China saying this is a mere scare tactic to intimidate Filipinos and other nations who expressed willingness to join us.

“We’re awaiting the pronouncement of the Department of Foreign Affairs if they have received any official document on this. Nonetheless, we have taken note of this matter. While we respect China’s right to safeguard its territorial interests, we also emphasize the importance of adhering to international norms and agreements,” Estrada said.

Estrada maintained that the Philippines who won in the Arbitral International ruling remains committed to upholding our rights and interests in the West Philippine Sea.

“We hope China will likewise respect the rights of other nations operating in these waters. We encourage all parties to exercise restraint and seek peaceful solutions to disputes,” Estrada added.