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House urged to probe claims of waste dumping in WPS

July 13, 2021 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 879 views

A LEFT-LEANING party-list lawmaker on Tuesday sought a congressional investigation into the disclosure of US-based expert that hundreds of Chinese ships in the West Philippine Sea have been allegedly dumping human waste, sewage and waterwaste in the area for several years.

House Assistant Minority Leader and Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene Brosas said it is imperative for the House leadership to conduct a full-blown hearing as the incident has been causing massive marine damage to certain parts of the West Philippine Sea.

“Is this Beijing’s disgusting toast to Duterte’s piece of paper remark on the Hague ruling, by allowing its vessels to dump human waste on West Philippine Sea? This is perhaps the most visually brazen mockery of our sovereignty,” said Brosas after learning the problem from the report of Liz Derr, founder and CEO of Simularity, which specializes in geospatial analysis and provides satellite data imagery.

According to Derr, the Chinese ships have been unloading daily raw sewage for several years on reefs, creating harmful Chlorophyll-a blooms in the waters of the mineral-rich portion of the West Philippine Sea.

“Dapat na masusi at kagyat na imbestigahan ang pagtatapon ng dumi ng tao ng mga barko ng Tsina sa ating katubigan — na nagdudulot ng pinsala sa ating likas-yaman. Hindi tayo papayag na maging inidoro lang ng mga banyagang barko,” Brosas stressed.

“An immediate House probe should be in order. We will file a House resolution to investigate the findings made by US-based tech firm Simularity on the dumping of feces on the portions of the West Philippine Sea,” Brosas explained.

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Eufemia Cullamat slammed Chinese vessels on human waste dumping in the West Philippine Sea

“Kapuna-puna itong pagtatapon ng dumi ng tao ng malalaking barko ng Tsina sa karagatan ng ating bansa, malaki ang idudulot nitong kapinsalaan sa ating yaman karagatan. Maraming mangingisda ay nahihirapan sa agresyon ng Tsina sa West Philippines Sea, ngayon ginagawa na tayong inodoro ng Tsina,” Cullamat said

“Napakalaking sampal ito sa ating pambansang soberanya. Habang naninikluhod ang administrasyong Duterte sa Tsina, tinatambak ng Tsina ang kanilang mga tae at dumi sa ating karagatan,” Cullamat explained.

“Kagyat na agarang imbestigahan ito ng DENR (Department Environment and Natural Resources) at solusyonan itong nagaganap na pamiminsala ng malalaking barko ng Tsina sa ating teritoryo. Agaran na gawan ng aksyon ng gobyerno ito. Protektahan natin ang ating soberanya,” Cullamat pointed out.

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