Lorenzana: China encroaching on Phl waters
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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana countered China’s latest claims of sovereignty over islands and features in the West Philippine Sea yesterday, emphasizing that it is the Chinese who are encroaching on Philippine waters. “Their claims according to their so-called historical rights have no basis,” he said, noting that the Philippines, on the contrary, has two international documents proving that the area belongs to the country. “Therefore, it is they who are encroaching and should desist and leave,” Lorenzana said in reaction to China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s pronouncements on Monday.
Punongbayan, M., Cabrera, R., Romero, P., Porcalla, D., Punay, E., Lee-Brago, P., Felipe, C. S. (2021, April 29). Lorenzana: China encroaching on Phl waters. The Philippine Star, p. 2.
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Jurisdiction; Territorial waters; Disputes; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Law of the sea; International law; Governments; Exclusive economic zone; Military operations; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA); Chinese Coast Guard; Philippine Navy; Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); CNN Philippines; National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS); Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Lorenzana, Delfin; Wang, Wenbin; Esperon Jr., Hermogenes Jr.; Xi, Jinping; Locsin, Teodoro Jr.; Sotto, Vicente III; Recto, Ralph; Drilon, Franklin; Binay, Nancy; Rodriguez, Rufus; Zarate, Carlos Isagani; China; West Philippine Sea; Philippines; Nansha Islands; Spratly Islands; Zhongye Island; Thitu Island; Zhongsha Islands; Huangyan Island; Scarborough Shoal; Julian Felipe Reef; Panatag Shoal; Bajo de Masinloc; Ayungin Shoal; Second Thomas Shoal; South China Sea; Cagayan de Oro; Bataraza, Palawan
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