PH can rely on Australia as supporter of ‘rules-based’ order

June 18, 2022 Cristina Lee-Pisco 264 views

THE Australian Embassy in Manila said that the Philippines can rely on Australia as a partner in upholding a “rules-based” order as a long-standing partner and strong supporter.

This statement was issued after Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., on his official Twitter account, expressed “disappointment” when Australia did not support the Philippines’ candidacy in the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS).

The embassy said Australia does not “disclose” specific details of its voting intentions on each multilateral candidacy.

It added Australia is committed to supporting the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

“Australia remains firmly committed to working with the Philippines and other partners, including in the CLCS, to support the UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) in establishing maritime zones and upholding the rules-based order,” the statement said.

“As a long-standing partner and strong supporter of the Philippines, Australia highly values our maritime cooperation. The Philippines can rely on Australia,” it said.

Locsin earlier said: “I am extremely disappointed Australia cannot support our candidature to the CLCS. Stuck out my neck for AUKUS. Thought we were partners in upholding rules-based order in the maritime domain. Come through for us.”

AUKUS is the trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States to counter China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific.

National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) Deputy Administrator Efren Carandang on Friday won a seat at the CLCS with 113 votes from 164 states present.

Carandang bested eight other candidates under the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) and is the first Filipino to secure a position at the UN body after “four tough rounds of voting”.