DND won't give up 'positions' in WPS, using available means

DND won't give up 'positions' in WPS, using available means

Everybody knows in Asia that the country does not have a strong and modern military. Decades of neglect by Malacanang has led us into this dilemma.
The Department of National Defense through its spokesperson Arsenio Andolongsaid the Philippines will never give up any of its positions in the West Philippine Sea(WPS) as it continues to improve its existing facilities in Pag-asa Island, the country’s largest real estate in the WPS. 

"It must also be pointed out that the Philippines never gave up any of its positions in the WPS during the Duterte Administration and, in fact, it is improving the existing facilities of its biggest island, Pag-asa, to accommodate more residents and personnel," DND spokesperson in a statement forwarded to reporters.
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Andolong added the country is always ready to defend our sovereignty and sovereign rights using whatever means available.

"Likewise, every able-bodied Filipino should be ready to fulfill his or her duty when the time comes," the DND spokesperson emphasized.
Andolong  admits that China has advantage in the South China Sea with respect to the militarized artificial islands, this is but a small part of the disputed area.

"Although several claimant countries are occupying features in the South China Sea, not one of them has complete and sole control over that entire body of water," Andolong added.

PH’s right in the WPS

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration award are two solid legal basis of our claims in the WPS.

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), ratified in 1982 by many countries including the Philippines and China, is the legal basis of the country’s claim of sovereign rights over its exclusive economic zone.
the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) award to the Philippines in 2016, which invalidated China’s so-called historical claim delineated by its Nine-Dash Line.
"Thus, the Philippines has two documents to support its claims versus none for the Chinese. Thus, the Chinese presence in the WPS is akin to somebody squatting on a piece of land owned by someone else," said Andolong

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