Lost not ‘a single island’ but the whole of Spratlys
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Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano was being smart the other day when he challenged critics of the Duterte’s complacent attitude in the face of China aggressive moves in South China Sea. At the flag-raising ceremony at the Department of Foreign Affairs, he said: “I challenge anyone of them, whatever their profession – justice, politician, newsman, journalist – if we lost a single island during Duterte’s time, I will pack my bags, go home.” It is a smart strategy because if one goes deep into the history, it was during the term of President Fidel V. Ramos that we lost Mischief Reef (Philippine name: Panganiban Reef) in 1995 and Scarborough Shoal under President Benigno Aquino’s watch in 2012.
Todesillas, E. (2018, June 1). Lost not ‘a single island’ but the whole of Spratlys. The Daily Guardian, p. 5.
Territorial waters; Disputes; Fishers; Law of the sea; International law; Fishing grounds; Defence craft; Fishing vessels; Rare species; Coral; Oil and gas exploration; Natural resources; Exclusive economic zone; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Chinese Coast Guard (CCG); Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); US Navy; People’s Liberation Army (PLA); Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI); Cayetano, Alan Peter; Aquino, Benigno III; del Rosario, Albert; Studeman, Michael; Alejano, Gary; Guoqiang, Ren; Carpio, Antonio
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