Palace backs DFA move to ban surveys ships in Philippine waters

14 Août, 2019, 08:19 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Duterte's closeness to Chinese President Xi Jinping concerns Filipinos afraid of losing territorial and maritime rights

The Department of National Defense says the suspected Chinese vessel that docked in a Subic resort Sunday was actually a Philippine yacht.The defense department refutes a local news report about an alleged Chinese vessel spotted in Subic on Sunday.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin on Tuesday vowed to bring swift justice to the people responsible for the death of a Chinese national in the Philippines.

The Chinese embassy in the Philippines issued a statement on Monday, expressing concern over the tragic death of a Chinese citizen in Las Pinas, a city in Metro Manila.

"Basta kung ano 'yung sinabi ng Department iyon ang policy ng administrasyon unless the President makes another policy statement [The pronouncement of the department is the policy of the administration unless the President makes another policy statement]", Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said during a Palace press briefing. "Even on the basis of friendship, then a matter of courtesy require that we should be informed of any passage to our exclusive economic zone", Panelo said.

"We need to put a stop to these illegal acts", Mr. Panelo said, adding that the government would not tolerate abuse of any foreigner either by their fellow nationals or by Filipinos.

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The latest protest centers on the lingering presence of two Chinese scientific research boats off the Philippines' Pacific coast, within the 200 mile EEZ.

The embassy said offshore gaming operations in the Philippines have led to crimes and social problems in China. Via its nine-dash line on maps, China says it has historic jurisdiction to nearly the entire sea, although the 2016 arbitral ruling declared that invalid under worldwide law.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte's pivot to China has led to friendlier relations and encouraged more Chinese tourists to visit the Philippines and Chinese workers to work here.

Last week, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said it continues efforts to increase tax collections.

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