The Philippines is “giving up” its rights over fishery and power assets in the West Philippine Sea in exchange of China’s continued patronage of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Detaiend Sen. Leila de Lima on Tuesday stated the Duterte authorities’s “client-state status vis-à-vis China continues to cost the Philippines its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) simply because China is willing to ignore the Philippine human rights crisis under Duterte.”
At the identical time, China’s help to Duterte serves as his authorities’s “remaining link to the international community, after Philippine global isolation due to its continued state-sanctioned human rights violations,” she stated.
“In short, what the Duterte regime is doing in order to continue the killings in its war on drugs is to basically give up our claims over the Spratlys Islands, Scarborough Shoal, and our entire EEZ in the SCS/WPS (South China Sea/West Philippine Sea),” De Lima stated.
The International Arbitral Tribunal in 2015 has dominated as unlawful China’s 9-dash-line claim over the complete South China that eats up large parts of the Philippines’ EEZ.
“It is ironic that after winning the legal battle against China’s ridiculous 9-dash-line claim, the Philippine becomes the very first country to give up this victory and begin a policy of kowtowing to China,” stated De Lima.
De Lima is detained on the Phil. National Police Custodial Center on drug charges.