Kamala: Hague ruling, dapat igalang

Kamala: Hague ruling, dapat igalang

November 22, 2022 @ 6:14 PM 1 week ago


PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Dapat igalang ng lahat ng bansa ang 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration decision na bumabasaura sa expansive claims ng China sa South China Sea at ang pagprotekta sa Philippines exclusive economic zone (EEZ), ayon kay United States Vice President Kamala Harris nitong Martes.

Inihayag ito ni Harris sa BRP Teresa Magbanua na napaliligiran ng Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel, ang frontline responders laban sa pag-atake sa West Philippine Sea.

“The United States is proud of our longstanding ties with the people of the Philippines. I am here in Palawan to underscore the importance of our partnership in order to create economic opportunities, protect coastal ecosystems, maintain peace and stability, and uphold international rules and norms here in the South China Sea and around the world. To the Philippine Coast Guard, you are on the frontlines of standing up for the international rules-based order,” ani Harris, ang highest ranking US government official na bumisita sa Palawan.

“As you patrol these waters, you uphold the rules and norms that are vital to the prosperity of the Filipino people, and people around the world. As the United States has long made clear: We support the 2016 ruling of the UN Arbitral Tribunal, which delivered a unanimous and final decision firmly rejecting China’s expansive South China Sea maritime claims. The tribunal’s decision is legally-binding, and must be respected,” giit niya.

“We must stand up for principles such as respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, unimpeded lawful commerce, the peaceful resolution of disputes, and the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, and throughout the Indo-Pacific.”

“The United States– and the broader international community –have a profound stake in the future of this region. America’s prosperity relies on the billions of dollars that flow through these waters every day. And we are proud to work with you in your mission.  As an ally, the United States stands with the Philippines in the face of intimidation and coercion in the South China Sea,” patuloy ng opisyal.

Bagama’t ibinasura na ng Hague-based Arbitration court ang expansive nine-dash theory ng China na naghahabol sa South China Sea islands, tumatanggi pa rin ang Beijing na kilalanin ang tagumpay ng Pilipinas sa nasabing usapin.

“The vitality of [fishing] communities is at risk. They have seen the consequences when foreign vessels enter Philippine waters and illegally deplete the fishing stock, when they harass and intimidate local fishers, when they pollute the ocean, and destroy the marine ecosystem.  Illegal, unreported, and unregulated, fishing are far too common across the world’s oceans. It presents a direct threat to coastal ecosystems and economies,” ani Harris.

Inihayag naman ni Harris na ipinagmamalaki ng US government ang matibay na partnership sa Pilipinas, kabilang ang joint training sa BRP Teresa Magbanua ng PCG at American service members, at mas paiigtingin pa ng Washington ang pagsisikap upang bigyan ang mga bansa sa rehiyon ng mas malawak na larawan ng kanilang  katubigan.

Binanggit din niya ang Indo-Pacific Partnership For Maritime Domain Awareness na inilunsad ni US President Joe Biden nitong Mayo na gumagamit ng space-based platforms upang ipakita ang common operating picture ng Indo-Pacific waterways, at upang isulong ang transparency at tulungan ang  US allies sa pagprotekta sa vulnerable fisheries, na tutugon sa humanitarian disasters, maging sa pagtukoy at pagtugis sa illicit activities.

“I am pleased to report that the Philippines is already receiving this stream of near-real-time data, alongside other partners here in Southeast Asia. And we plan to increase this work in the coming months, to include launching new satellites into orbit in December to expand this program,” sai niya.

“This is how I see it: to protect the economic vitality of these communities, to protect the ecosystems they rely on, and to protect lives and livelihoods, we must uphold international rules and norms,” dagdag ni Harris.

Sinabi ng China nitong Martes na ang interaksyon ng United States sa mga bansa sa rehiyon ay hindi dapat makasira sa interes ng iba pang bansa.

“We are not against the US’ interaction with regional countries. But it should be good for regional peace and stability and not damaging to other countries’ interests,” ani Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning, ayon sa tweet ng Chinese Embassy. RNT/SA