Chinese military presence doesn’t mean SCS ownership - Malacanang

Chinese military presence doesn’t mean SCS ownership - Malacanang


Malacanang gave its reason that the presence of the Chinese military in the territories claimed by the country will “never ripen” into a valid legal ownership.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during one of its virtual press briefing said the 2016 Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling has already invalidated China’s expansive claim in the South China Sea.

During President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s first address of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ,he reasserted the arbitral victory cannot be erased or ignored since it is already part of international law.

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“Ang tinutukoy po diyan ng ating Presidente, kahit anong physical military occupation nila sa mga isla na ang sabi naman ng Tribunal ay kabahagi ng ating (The President is saying that whatever physical military occupation they have in the islands, which the Tribunal ruled is part of our) exclusive economic zone (EEZ), will never ripen into a valid legal title,” he said.

Roque also points that the President is also realistic that the presence of the Chinese Coast Guards near the EEZ as part of freedom of navigation.

“Alam ninyo po sa EEZ kasi, lahat po ng mga sasakyan ay may kalayaang maglayag. So iyong paglalayag po mismo sa EEZ ay hindi po pinagbabawal (You know the EEZ, all ships have freedom of navigation. So navigating in the EEZ is not illegal),” he said.

Asked if the Philippines is open to proposing a resolution before the UNGA calling on China to respect The Hague ruling, Roque said “anything is possible.”

“But there has not been any step to that effect ordered by the Palace yet,” he added.



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