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Duterte to China: Relax, no weapons in PH-occupied areas

PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday urged China to “relax” as he said he meant no harm when he ordered the military to start occupying islands within the countries’ territory in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The President, during departure honors for  his three-country state visit to the Middle East, said the Armed Forces will not place any weapon in any of the Philippine islands in the West Philippine Sea, and will merely put up structures and the Philippine flag.

He said the country is not planning to go to war.

“So for the information of China, we will not place there any offensive weapons, not even one gun. We are just there to claim the island for us because that is really ours. And I have ordered the Armed Forces to build structures there to signify to all na atin ito at lagyan ng flag and structures. (that it is ours and place flags and structures).  We do not [mean harm] to China. We are friends, as a matter of fact,” he said.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular briefing there was “close and effective communication” between Beijing and Manila.

“We hope the Philippines can move forward with China and continue to appropriately handle disputes and create a good atmosphere,” she said.

Duterte made the statement at the heels of concerns raised by China after he said on Thursday last week that he has ordered the military to occupy nine to 10 islands that he said already belongs to the country.

China claims most of the South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes annually. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

A military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Philippine flags have long been flying in the nine Philippine-occupied areas in the Kalayaan Group of Islands (Spratly Islands) in the West Philippine Sea.

The nine Philippine-occupied islands are Pag-asa, Lawak, Patag, Likas, Parola, Panata, Kota, and Rizal Reef and Ayungin Shoal.

Pag-asa Island is the largest among the nine areas, and Duterte last week said he might visit the island on June 12, Independence Day. Pag-asa serves as the seat of government of Kalayaan, a municipality under Palawan.

Duterte yesterday said he had to issue the instructions following “heightening of geopolitical issues” and “a violent low-intensity war” in the area.

Duterte said as long as danger is present, he would ensure that the country’s islands are already occupied and “claim it as ours.”

“China can relax. We are friends. We will not go to war with you. We’re just trying to maintain the balance of the geopolitical situation there,” he said.

Duterte, since assuming the presidency in June last year, has been strengthening the country’s ties with China. He said repeatedly said while the Philippines won an arbitral case against China concerning Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) and other islets in July last year, he would not yet raise the issue with China. He said there will be an appropriate time to discuss the arbitration decision and the territorial dispute.

The Department of National Defense said the Philippine government has no intention of violating the 2012 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

“The intention of the President was to merely improve the existing facilities on the islands, shoals and cays that we currently occupy,” said Arsenio Andolong, DND public affairs service director.

Occupation of inhabited areas in the South China Sea is against the spirit of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. The declaration was forged pending a peaceful settlement of the territorial dispute.

Among facilities that are due to be improved is the runway at Pag-asa island where hundreds of civilians live.

“The plan is to improve it because it’s not an all-weather runway. It’s hard to land while raining or during typhoons. You cannot land when it’s raining. That’s (runway improvement) definitely on the drawing board,” said Andolong.

Andolong said it will be a welcome development for Pag-asa island residents if President pushes through with the planned visit. “I think, they’ve never seen the President before so that’s a good thing,” he said.

Duterte reiterated he will rename Benham Rise to  Philippine Ridge when he returns next week from a three-country visit to the Middle East.

Benham Rise is an undersea plateau off eastern of Luzon. A Chinese vessel was spotted last year in the area. China is recognizing Philippine sovereign rights over the Benham Rise

The Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources are preparing to sail for Benham Rise on Wednesday with several fishermen to explore and possibly fish in the area.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the group will be led by the MV DA-BFAR oceanographic research vessel and accompanied by three smaller DA-BFAR patrol vessels and at least 10 fiberglass fishing boats.

Apart from the possible fishing activities, the government wants to know if it is possible to put up floating structures in the area to serve as rest and refuge areas for fishermen and scientists. – With Victor Reyes and Reuters

  
 
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