Lawmakers in the House of Representatives urged President Rodrigo Duterte to be extra transparent in his dealings with China and to use as leverage the nation’s favorable place over the West Philippine Sea.

In an “Ugnayan sa Batasan” discussion board on the House of Representatives, former customs chief and now Muntinlupa Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon stated the nation’s favorable determination in its maritime case towards China over the disputed waters ought to be invoked particularly now that China is planning to assemble constructions on the Panatag Shoal.

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Biazon earlier stated he would file a decision urging Congress to examine the federal government’s dealings over the nation’s jap seaboard.

“I think it should be invoked whenever there is a threat to our rights or interest,” stated Biazon, who’s vice chair of the House national protection and safety committee.

Biazon stated it’s the correct time to remind President Duterte that the Philippines has the benefit of maritime rights over the West Philippine Sea.

“I think it’s proper timing for us to remind him na mayroon din tayong favorable international resolution on this matter. That somehow, the word is on our side on this matter…The ball is in our side,” Biazon stated.

Biazon had this reminder for Duterte after the Chief Executive stated he couldn’t do something to cease China from constructing constructions on Panatag Shoal, amid studies China is constructing an environmental monitoring station there.

READ: Duterte: I can’t cease China in Panatag

This despite the fact that Philippines received its maritime case towards China over the resource-rich West Philippine Sea, when the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal in the Hague dominated that China’s historic nine-dash line claiming virtually all of the South China Sea has no historic and authorized foundation and that the West Philippine Sea falls inside the Philippines’ unique financial zone.

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Biazon stated it’s also excessive time for the Philippines to settle for the fact that China additionally has its personal egocentric pursuits to take care of.

“Tanggapin natin na mayroong behavior ang China na hindi kinikilala ang ibang internationally recognized resolutions, dahil mayroon silang sariling interests na sinusundan. (Let’s accept the behavior of China that it does not recognize other internationally recognized resolutions, because they have their own interests to look after). That’s how it is in international relations, each country is selfish for its own interests,” Biazon stated.

Biazon stated the President ought to be transparent about his dealings with China, amid studies Duterte had an association with China to enable its surveillance ships in Benham Rise, a 13-million hectare mineral-rich undersea area east of Luzon, the place Chinese ships had been noticed final 12 months.

This supposed association was reportedly not identified to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and appearing Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo.

The United Nations in 2012 declared Benham Rise as a part of the Philippine continental shelf.

READ: UN approves PH territorial declare to Benham Rise

“We have rights over these areas; these rights extend to the next generation… If we are to deal away with these rights, it’s important that we have transparency so that people will understand,” Biazon stated.

For his half, 1-Ang Edukasyon Rep. Salvador Belaro Jr. additionally urged President Duterte to use as leverage the arbitration determination for the nation to interact into joint ventures with China.

“I’m not saying we should abandon our rights. What I’m saying is our right is something we can do as a leverage,” Belaro stated.

“Perhaps it’s time to remind the President that he should make an actual statement (on) what’s his interpretation of such an act,” he added.

China had stated the Philippines couldn’t declare Benham Rise as its personal territory, and that the passage of the Chinese survey ships supposedly to search for submarine stations was an “innocent passage” and a part of its freedom of navigation supported by worldwide regulation.

READ: PH can’t declare Benham Rise as its personal territory—Beijing 

President Duterte took a delicate stance on the Benham Rise, including that the Philippines mustn’t struggle China about sovereignty or possession over the Benham Rise particularly as a result of the Philippines couldn’t match China’s would possibly.

“Why would I pick a fight, I’d rather talk,” Duterte stated.

READ: ‘Let’s not struggle over sovereignty at the moment,’ says Duterte on Benham Rise 

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, who earlier filed an impeachment criticism towards Duterte, stated he’ll file a supplemental impeachment criticism towards Duterte for committing the act of treason in his candy dealings with China. JE

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Source: inquirer

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