Casiño calls on China to stop destroying Philippine coral reefs
PARTYLIST Rep. Teddy Casiño today called on China to stop destroying coral reefs in Philippine territory after a large fleet of Chinese fishing vessels was sighted near Pag-asa Island (in the Philippine part of the Spratly archipelago) dredging and loading corals.
“China’s actions are becoming more and more deplorable and it should be stopped. They can assert their claim however erroneous but they should not destroy the environment. They are really going too far,” said the progressive solon.
“We want this issue to be settled diplomatically and we are urging the Aquino administration to fast track its actions. Pres. Aquino must act now and submit the issue to either the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) despite the refusal of China to go to court,’ Casiño said.
‘Surely, the ICJ or ITLOS has at least the moral authority to encourage China to go to the tribunal to resolve the dispute peacefully. Refusal by China to heed the advice of these bodies would put it at a defensive and may dampen its saber-rattling in the Scarborough Shoal and the Spratlys,” he added.