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http://in.reuters.com/article/philippines-southchinasea-idINKBN0UA0DL20151227

 

 

A group of Filipino protesters has landed on a disputed Philippine-held island in the South China Sea, a local government official said on Sunday, in a risky expedition that may trigger a strong reaction from China.
 
About 50 protesters, most of them students, reached Pagasa island in the Spratly archipelago on Saturday in a stand against what they say is Beijing's creeping invasion of the Philippine exclusive economic zone, said Eugenio Bito-onon, the island's mayor.
 
"The 'freedom voyage' arrived at about 8:30 a.m. on Saturday from Balabac island on a motor launch," Bito-onon told Reuters, adding the protesters left southern Palawan on Thursday in fine weather to make the long sea crossing.
 
China claims almost all the South China Sea, believed to have huge deposits of oil and gas, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims on the strategic waters.
 
Describing their expedition as a "a patriotic voyage", the protesters, led by an ex-marine captain, planned to camp on Pagasa for three days in a symbolic act of defiance against China.
 
"We encourage the highest leadership of the country to inform the people correctly without sugar coating the truth about Chinese invasion of our exclusive economic zone," the protesters said in a post on Facebook.
 
Government and military officials had tried to prevent the group from sailing to the disputed waters, citing security and safety reasons after a storm in the South China Sea earlier this month.
 
The Philippines was also concerned about China's reaction to trip as Manila has been trying to calm tensions heightened by Beijing's rapid expansion in the South China Sea - building seven artificial islands in the disputed waters.
 
The Philippines has challenged Beijing before the arbitration court in The Hague, a case Beijing has not recognised.
 
A spokesman for Philippine President Benigno Aquino said in a radio interview on Sunday the military was closely monitoring the trip and would assist the protesters if necessary.
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And what happens if a Chinese warship sinks them...

People with true courage scare gutless bullies: they have nothing to fear.

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The RP gov't needs to first mandate the area to be called the West Philippine Sea.

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And what happens if a Chinese warship sinks them...

 

They go to the bottom. That's generally what happens when you sink.

 

 

The RP gov't needs to first mandate the area to be called the West Philippine Sea.

 

That's hard to do when all of the maps and globes are made in China.

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Idiots who have no idea what they're talking about. China isn't invading the philippines EEZ.. The islands are outside the philippine EEZ.. Pagasa island is 230NM from palawan.
 
http://www.un.org/Depts/los/convention_agreements/convention_declarations.htm#Philippines%20Understanding%20made%20upon%20signature%20(10%20December%201982)%20and%20confirmed%20upon%20ratification
 
 

Understanding made upon signature (10 December 1982) and confirmed upon ratification (8 May 1984) 8/ 9/
1. The signing of the Convention by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines shall not in any manner impair or prejudice the sovereign rights of the Republic of the Philippines under and arising from the Constitution of the Philippines.
2. Such signing shall not in any manner affect the sovereign rights of the Republic of the Philippines as successor of the United States of America, under and arising out of the Treaty of Paris between Spain and the United States of America of 10 December 1898, and the Treaty of Washington between the United States of America and Great Britain of 2 January 1930.
3. Such signing shall not diminish or in any manner affect the rights and obligations of the contracting parties under the Mutual Defence Treaty between the Philippines and the United States of America of 30 August 1951 and its related interpretative instruments; nor those under any other pertinent bilateral or multilateral treaty or agreement to which the Philippines is a party.
4. Such signing shall not in any manner impair or prejudice the sovereignty of the Republic of the Philippines over any territory over which it exercises sovereign authority, such as the Kalayaan Islands, and the waters appurtenant thereto.
5. The Convention shall not be construed as amending in any manner any pertinent laws and Presidential Decrees or Proclamation of the Republic of the Philippines; the Government of the Republic of the Philippines maintains and reserves the right and authority to make any amendments to such laws, decrees or proclamations pursuant to the provisions of the Philippines Constitution.
6. The provisions of the Convention on archipelagic passage through sea lanes do not nullify or impair the sovereignty of the Philippines as an archipelagic State over the sea lanes and do not deprive it of authority to enact legislation to protect its sovereignty, independence and security.
7. The concept of archipelagic waters is similar to the concept of internal waters under the Constitution of the Philippines, and removes straits connecting these waters with the economic zone or high sea from the rights of foreign vessels to transit passage for international navigation.
8. The agreement of the Republic of the Philippines to the submission for peaceful resolution, under any of the procedures provided in the Convention, of disputes under article 298 shall not be considered as a derogation of Philippines sovereignty.


UNCLOS doesn't even apply -- the philippines shot themselves in the foot (what's new right??).



200NM EEZ MAP W/ CHINA CLAIM OVERLAY

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PHILIPPINES ACTUAL CLAIMS

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People with true courage scare gutless bullies: they have nothing to fear.

 

 

True courage, guns, and military grade weapons comand communication and control may scare them. I'm not sure I be willing to present myself helpless before a known inhumane bully.

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People with true courage scare gutless bullies: they have nothing to fear.

Well, ISIS and Al-Qaeda aren't able to make US scared, at all.

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Well, ISIS and Al-Qaeda aren't able to make US scared, at all.

True but it's off-topic so I don't wish to discuss it.

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That's hard to do when all of the maps and globes are made in China.
Well, I was referring to Philippine media.  How can the RP gov't claim of Philippine ownership be taken seriously when RP media is referring to it as the SCS?
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Idiots who have no idea what they're talking about. China isn't invading the philippines EEZ.. The islands are outside the philippine EEZ.. Pagasa island is 230NM from palawan.

 http://www.un.org/Depts/los/convention_agreements/convention_declarations.htm#Philippines%20Understanding%20made%20upon%20signature%20(10%20December%201982)%20and%20confirmed%20upon%20ratification

 

 

 

UNCLOS doesn't even apply -- the philippines shot themselves in the foot (what's new right??).200NM EEZ MAP W/ CHINA CLAIM OVERLAY

South_China_Sea_vector.svg_.png

 

 

PHILIPPINES ACTUAL CLAIMS

20120428_asm906.png

 

Didn't they ever teach you that attack is the best form of defence?

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Didn't they ever teach you that attack is the best form of defence?

 

Depends on your goal. In this case, it's not. If they really want to maintain control over the islands and assert their claim the way they're going about it is all wrong. You should load up google earth and go check out the various islands. The difference between chinese, vietnamese, and philippine controlled islands is like night and day. All of the things you would expect to see :)

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