Hontiveros demands payment from China,Philippines' COVID-19 expenses

Hontiveros demands payment from China,Philippines' COVID-19 expenses

Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros is surely taking advantage of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period as a way to make her advocacies known to the public by various press releases.

Hontiveros, just demanded from the Chinese government compensation for all the expenses the country is spending in battling the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19 which originated from Wuhan, China and the reparation for the annual losses the country is incurring due to damaged reef ecosystems in the West Philippine Sea caused by the Asian giant.

“China should foot the Philippines’ COVID-19 bill. The destruction to our reefs in Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands is equivalent to at least PhP 33.1 billion in losses annually, on top of other economic and health costs. This money is past due and could go to government’s efforts in fighting the pandemic,” Hontiveros said, citing the breakdown of costs stated by the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute.

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“China has been damaging our ecosystems for over 6 years now, which means our losses could already amount to over 200 billion pesos. This money could be used to fund our health and economic plans as we transition to a new normal,” the Senator said, she is referring to the report by the Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy which states that China began reclaiming land in the West Philippine Sea in December 2013.

The opposition senator took note of the fact that while the rest of thw world is busy with the coronavirus, China has continued with its invasive activities in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

“The government already has a huge budget deficit because of COVID-19. China’s ongoing disregard for our own resources will worsen our economic standing. The government should demand what is rightfully ours and use this to help the Filipino people battle COVID-19,” she said.

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