PH claims on Spratlys, WPS solid: DND Sec. Lorenzana

PH claims on Spratlys, WPS solid: DND Sec. Lorenzana

The West Philippine Sea continues o be an issue between claimant countries.
Recently China’s Foreign Ministry claimed that the Spratlys are part of its territory, citing historical and legal basis.
This was after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said that China should back off Pag asa island. The President was reacting to the hundreds of ships that seems to be swarming the Philippine largest held island.

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (photo credit to owner)

The Department of National Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana for his part said that the country’s claims on the Spratly’s islands and the West Philippine Sea are on solid ground.
"Despite the pronouncement of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, we stand on solid grounds on our claims in the Spratlys and the West Philippine Sea. There is the 1981 UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on The Law of the Sea) of which China is a signatory, that gave the Philippines an EEZ (exclusive economic zone) of 200 nautical miles," he said.
Another factor cementing our claim on the said islands are the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling in July 12, 2016 which invalidated Chinese historical claims.
There is the PCA ruling of July (12) 2016 which invalidated the Chinese historical claims. In short, the Chinese have nothing working for them except their imagined historical claim," the DND chief emphasized.

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