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JULY 24: GLOBAL DAY OF PROTEST AGAINST CHINESE OCCUPATION OF THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA!

Global Day of Protest against Chinese Occupaton of the West Philippine Sea

Global Day of Protest against Chinese Occupaton of the West Philippine Sea

Fototekst:
En filippinsk soldat står i forsvarsposition næst fiskerbåde på et havn i Masinloc by i Zambalesprovinsen, 230 km (140 mil) fra Scarborough Shoal, 18e.maj 2012 som de protesterende var ved at borde under sejlads til de om de omstridt sandbank. Den filippinske president Benigno Aquino bedt de protesterende om at opgive planen at sejle den 18.maj til den omstridte sandbank som Kina også gør krav på. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE/AFP/GettyImage

Globale Filippinsk protest over Kina’s handlinger i Asiatiske farvand

ved Rodel Rodis and Walden Bello
oversættelse af Filomenita Mongaya Høgsholm,WORLDSCAN Consult
den. 23 juli 2013

Den 24.juli i fjor markeredes den første årsdag af Kina’s skabelsen af “Sansha perfecture” (svarer til ken ny kommune, red.) som skulle “føre tilsyn og administrere” i mill. kvadratmil af den syd kinesiske hav som Kina hævder at have “indiskutabel sovereignitet over.” Hvis den fik lov til at stå ubetvivlet vil denne kinesisk påstand gå ned i historien som den mest uforskammet maritimt territorielle “landgrab” nogensinde.

I oktober 2013 havde Beijing udstyret Sansha Perfecture med politi enhed som per 1e.januar 2014 skal “kunne borde, pågribe og bortvise udenlandske fartøjer” inden en umådelig vidstrakt flade med tilhørende øer og rever i den vest filippinske hav. Siden Sansha’s tilblivelse har Kina øgede sine provokerende tiltag mod Filippinerne, såsom okkupation af Scarborough Shoal (kun 115 mil fra den filippinske kyst) af 90 kinesiske skibe s der forhindrede filippinske fiskefolk fra at fiske i deres sædvanlige fiskebanker, og afsendelsen af kinesiske fregater tilAyungin Rev, som ligger kun 105 mil fra Filippinerne.

Denne skivebrydning af filippinske territorium var bortforklares af generalmajor Zhang Zhaozhong på Beijing TV som gemene del af Kina’s “hvidkålstrategi”, hvis mål er det at omringe filippinske territorier med et enormt kinesiske søværnstilstedeværelse.

Ifølge Kina er det FFilippinerne der illegalt har besat Ayungin Rev som betragtes som portåbningen til Recto Bane (85 mil fra filippinske kyst). Den amerikanske EIA, Energy Information Administration vurderer at Recto Banken muligvis indeholder 213 milliarder tønder olie og 2 kvadrillion (tusinde milliarder) kubikfod af naturgas.

Kina påstår at Filippinerne har ingen krav på sit 200 naut.mil grænser under UNCLOS (FN’s Konvention på Havret) fordi grænserne af alle lande undtaget Kina strække sig kun 12 naut.mil fra deres respektive kyster. Konventionen som er fra 1982 er en overenstemmelse blandt 163 lande som har til formål at regulere brug af mellemgrund arealer. Filippinerne og Kina er begge to underskrivere af denne traktat.
I kontrast til Kina, som truer med at bruge magt for at gennemtvinge dets krav, har Filippinerne slået til lyd for at arbejde indenfor et multilateralt rammeaftale, sådanne som for eksemnpelASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) og FN for at løse territorialle uoverenstemmelser.

Den 22. januar i år, bragte Filippinerne sin klage over Kina’s ulovlig besættelse af sin Scarborough Shoal til et FN arbitrær/vilkårlig domstol (tribunal), som begyndte sin formelle høring den 11e.juli på begæringen. Uheldigvis, har Kina ignoreret FN begæringen og har erklærede at kun bilaterale samtaler kan løse territorielle uoverenstemmelser, et skabelon den kan nemt overløbe sine svagere nabøer med.
Kina’s opførsel i de syd kinesiske havstrid ligner den af en kejserlig stat, der blot efterligner den ekspanionistisk opførsel af de vestlige magter som den fordømmer.

Helt og holdent støttende den filippinske regerings anstrengelser at beskytte dets interesser i det sydkinesiske hav er de 90 millioner filippinere i hjemlandet, og de 12 millioner i udland i den filippinske “diaspora” som har besluttet sig for at deres hjemland ikke skal underkastes Kina.

Ved middagstid den 24.juli vil filippinere verden over holde simultant protest demonstrationer foran Kina’s diplomatiske representationer over hele verden, for at fordømme Kina’s aggression mod Filippinerne.

Rodel Rodis,San Francisco jurist og president af GFDC, Global Filipino Diaspora Council var i København i august 2013 for at holde fordrag om Kina’s ambitioner i den sydkinesisk (også kendt som den vest filippinske hav ifl. den filippinske regerings syn). Walden Bello, verdens ekspert om Filippinerne og medlem af den filippinske representantshus.

 

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July 24: Worldwide Pinoy protest vs China

July 24: Worldwide Pinoy protest vs China

July 24: Worldwide Pinoy protest vs China

A coalition of former gov’t officials and celebs urges pickets in front of Chinese embassies in the US, Canada, Europe vs Chinese government’s ‘lawless policy of intrusion’

Filipinos around the world will stage protests in front of Chinese embassies on July 24, to support government’s position against China’s “aggression” in the West Philippine Sea.

Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan III and former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez are the lead convenors of newly formed West Philippine Sea Coalition that aims for “peaceful” and “viral campaign” that will pressure China to back down.

“We call on Filipinos everywhere to rise as one united sovereign people and stand in dignified defiance in the face of China’s threats of war every time we object to its unwarranted violations within our EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone),“   . . .

Excerpt from: RAPPLER.COM | BY CARMELA FONBUENA

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Global Networking: China’s military base on Mabini Reef violates the Philippine Constitution

By Rodel Rodis, USPGG.ORG

 

While searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 11, 2014, a Philippine Air Force plane flying over the Kalayaan Island Group in the West Philippine Sea sighted Chinese reclamation activity in the Mabini Reef within the 200 mille Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines.

According to the report of the Associated Press, the reclamation project has turned the submerged reef and a sandbar of the Mabini Reef into a 30-hectare landmass that transformed the submerged coral outcrop into an islet. An aerial photo taken of the reclamation effort showed a dredging ship in the area used to suck soil and other solid materials from the surrounding areas to pour into the reclaimed area.

Mabini reef - aerial photo (March 2014)

Mabini reef – aerial photo (March 2014)

While Philippine officials have noted with alarm that China’s occupation of islets and reefs within the Philippine EEZ such as Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef), Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef), Calderon Reef (Cuarteron Reef), Zamora Reef (Subi Reef), and Gaven Reef, the massive land reclamation now occurring in the Mabini Reef marks a major escalation of China’s creeping invasion of the Philippines.

It is a game changer.
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario protested China’s Mabini Reef reclamation at the Asean Summit of Foreign Ministers held in Myanmar (Burma) on May 10 where Vietnam’s foreign minister also protested China’s installation of two oil rigs in the Vietnamese EEZ.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario protested China’s Mabini Reef reclamation  at the Asean Summit of Foreign Ministers held in Myanmar (Burma) on May 10 where Vietnam’s foreign minister also protested China’s installation of two oil rigs in the Vietnamese EEZ.

China’s foreign minister dismissed the protests of the two nations , insisting that China has “undisputed sovereignty” over the entire South China Sea. Besides, China’s spokesman told People’s Daily “China was merely renovating the living facilities for troops stationed on the reef.”

Earlier on March 30, the Philippines submitted a brief to the United Nations Tribunal for the Convention on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) seeking to “clarify Mabini Reef’s physical character”.The Philippines had filed a complaint with ITLOS in January of 2013 seeking a ruling that China had no legal right to encroach in the Philippines EEZ and has no right to ownership of 90 percent of the 3.5-million square-kilometer South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea.

Even though Beijing has refused to take part in the UN arbitration, it is apparently speeding up its acquisition of the territories of other nations before the arbitration decision is handed which may occur in three years.
Professor Richard Heydarian of the International Relations Department at the Ateneo de Manila University believes that China is changing the facts on the ground by reclaiming and occupying disputed waters and land features.

“The way China looks at this is, down the road, they have to face the legal opinion arbitration. And if you look at the recent trends in international arbitration, they give priority and prerogative to the countries who continue to establish and exercise effective and continuous sovereignty. If China will be able to build structures there, and they turn these structures into islands and project into 200 nautical mile economic zone, somehow they’ll be able to argue this legally.”
In other words, “possession is nine-tenths of the law” which means that ownership is easier to maintain if one has possession of something, or difficult to enforce if one does not.

What is China building on Mabini Reef?

The mystery was solved when the No. 9 Design & Research Institute of China State Shipbuilding Corporation displayed on its official website its proposed design of the artificial island that will be built on Mabini Reef.
Mabini Reef in a few years.

Former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez posted the Chinese corporation’s designs on his blog and warned about the dangers posed to Philippine national security and to ASEAN stability if China completes its military installation in Mabini Reef. In an interview on ANC, Golez said:

“You can see this is probably a mile-long airstrip. It’s almost like an airport, like what you see in the international airports, that support facilities, there’s a dock for ships. I understand it can support and resupply frigates. But what is very threatening is that mile-long strip because now they can base their fighters there. I’m looking at, for example, a J-11 fighter jet made in China that has a range of 2000 miles… it encompasses the entire Philippines, most of Vietnam, part of Malaysia and and the whole of Borneo. So it can threaten all our vital military installations including the installations we can make available under EDCA.”

Inquirer.net columnist Ted Laguatan expanded on this point in his column (No choice: Destroy China’s future PH military bases now, June 27, 2014, Inquirer.net):“Having enemy fighter planes and missiles so proximate to potential target cities is like having a bag of explosives padlocked on one’s neck by a bad guy with a remote control, which he could explode anytime. The baddie has the poor guy under his complete control. With these bases in place, China can demand anything from the Philippines and take anything it wants. For all practical purposes, the Philippines will then be a slave nation.”

“The Philippines and surrounding Asian nations have no choice,” Laguatan asserted, “these future bases must be destroyed now. The fighter planes and missiles that will be deployed there will be daggers aimed at the major cities of these countries. We and they simply cannot allow these bases to be constructed.”

Malaya columnist Rey O. Arcilla (“The Mabini Reef”, May 27, 2014) argued that “we should do as Vietnam has done in the disputed Paracels where China has planted an oil rig. She stood pat despite the ramming of her ships by the Chinese and withstood the latter’s water cannons. They showed the Chinese they are ready to die for what they believe is right…”
“We should send some of our ships to Mabini Reef forthwith no matter how decrepit they are to prevent the Chinese from undertaking any more activities on the isle and turning it into another fortified military garrison like Mischief Reef. We should show the Chinese we are ready to fight and die for what is ours. Sure, we are no match for them and they can easily obliterate our naval vessels. But that would be an attack on our territory. That would be an opportunity for the US to put its money where its mouth is. Isn’t that what Edca is for?”

Edca is the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the U.S. and the Philippines which allows the U.S. to station troops in the Philippines but not to establish a permanent base. The nationalists and assorted leftists argue that Edca is a violation of Article XVIII Sec. 25 of the 1987 Constitution which states that “foreign military bases, troops, or facilities shall not be allowed in the Philippines” unless approved by the Congress and ratified by the people in a referendum.

But, except for Akbayan, these same nationalists who oppose Edca have not denounced China for constructing a “foreign military base” in the Philippines. While there may be a dispute as to whether Edca violates the Philippine Constitution, there is NO dispute that China’s military base on Mabini Reef is a blatant violation of the Philippine Constitution and is a clear and present danger to Philippine national security.

On this fundamental issue, the Filipino people stand united. In a nationwide poll conducted by Social Weather Station (SWS) from December 2013 through January 2014, the results showed that “an overwhelming majority of Filipinos (93 percent) back the government’s efforts to defend the national territory” (Pinoy Pulse:We must defend West PH Sea, don’t trust China, February 10, 2014, Interaksyon.com).

Please join the global protests against China on July 24, the second anniversary of China’s establishment of the Sansha Prefecture to “oversee and administer” 3.5 million square kilometers of the South China Sea over which China asserts “indisputable sovereignty.” China’s claim is the most brazen maritime territorial grab in history.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Filipinos-protest-China-s-actions-4682719.php?t=451f7f4f30cefdcb88

The window of opportunity for the Philippines to destroy China’s military base on Mabini Reef is rapidly closing. Once it is fully constructed and operational, it will be impossible to take out. By then, the Philippines and all of Southeast Asia will be at the tender mercy of China.

(For more information on the July 24 global protest action, please check out uspgg.org or email me at Rodel50@gmail.com).

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No choice: Destroy China’s future PH military bases now

By Article published  on Friday, June 27th, 2014
Global Nation: Inquirer.net

Lodging the complaint with the International Tribunal on the Law of the Seas (ITLOS) against China’s illegal and immoral invasion and use of brute force to take over Philippine atolls and islands was a good move. A favorable decision would affirm Philippine ownership of certain real estate, marine and energy resources within the country’s 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS).

However, it will take another two years or so before a decision is made. Moreover, China has refused to play by the rules and defiantly declared that it would not respect the decision of ITLOS. As such, the Philippines cannot rely on this court action to solve this difficult problem of a deceptive and powerful bandit-like rogue state stealing islands, atolls and valuable resources.

Meanwhile, knowing that the Philippines neither has the navy nor the air power to stop it, China continues to take over more Philippine islands and atolls. Chinese fishermen also poach continuously in Philippine waters. The Chinese are now even rushing land reclamation military bases projects in various areas they seized inside Philippine territory. These future bases are within easy striking distance to major cities in the Philippines and surrounding ASEAN countries. Once these military bases are built, it would practically be impossible to remove them.

Aerial photo taken on 2/2014 showing Chinese ships filling the Mabini Shoal with land soil to build an island.

Aerial photo taken on 2/2014 showing Chinese ships filling the Mabini Shoal with land soil to build an island.

Having enemy fighter planes and missiles so proximate to potential target cities is like having a bag of explosives padlocked on one’s neck by a bad guy with a remote control, which he could explode anytime. The baddie has the poor guy under his complete control.

With these bases in place, China can demand anything from the Philippines and take anything it wants. For all practical purposes, the Philippines will then be a slave nation. We would be fools to block this unpleasant reality from our minds and not try our damndest to prevent this terrible situation. We cannot afford to be cowards and be intimidated.

China could also claim later that since they now owned these islands under UNCLOS, all of the areas within 200 miles from the baselines of these islands belonged to them.

China is ruled by dangerous hard-hearted, immoral unethical leaders devoid of Christian or moral principles, who pose a danger not only to the Philippines but to the whole world. They have already announced in Chinese government media their plan to control the whole West Philippine Sea region through sheer military might. Planting bases in Philippine territory is part of that plan.

Even the millions of good people in China are victims of their oppression, greed and ego. Gone are the days when the ethical principles of great Chinese philosophers like Lao Tzu and Confucius dominated Chinese culture and society, where philosopher kings ruled.

The Philippines has already practically exhausted diplomatic efforts and joint exploration offers. The terrible fire-breathing dragon is dealing in bad faith – demands that for any meaningful talks to proceed, the Philippines must first agree to accept that the whole West Philippine Sea (or South China Sea as they call it) belongs to them — including those belonging to the Philippines under UNCLOS.

These aggressive, repeated series of invasions and land grabbing are acts of war. Building military bases inside PH territory are acts of war. China shows no signs of stopping these oppressive actions. The US has repeatedly asked China to stop its coercion and intimidation of smaller countries and to play by the rules. The US Senate has passed two resolutions condemning China, affirming the use of military resources if need be if it continues with its abusive ways. China has not complied. Instead, her arrogant reply to the U.S. is: “Don’t interfere.”

There are those who say: “We cannot risk war with China.” In truth and in fact, we are already at war with China.

If the small nation of Israel were faced with this kind of military base construction from an aggressive enemy state, without hesitation, its fighter planes and drones would immediately destroy these structures. Justifiable self-defense directly related to the security of the Israeli people compels such an actions.

Military bases have only two purposes: To use as defenses from enemy attack; or to attack enemies. No nation is attacking China. As such, China cannot justify the construction of these bases by claiming that it needs them for self-defense. These bases are deep in Philippine territory, in commandeered atolls and islands in violation of international and civilized laws. China’s aggressiveness clearly indicates its nefarious plan to use these bases for coercive, attacking purposes.

The Philippines and surrounding Asian nations have no choice: These future bases must be destroyed now. The fighter planes and missiles that will be deployed there will be daggers aimed at the major cities of these countries. We and they simply cannot allow these bases to be constructed.

“But we are not Israel, we don’t have fighter planes or drones,” would be the reaction of many Filipinos. We can get them.

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III must definitely exercise courageous, decisive leadership at these critical times. If he does not, China’s military bases will be completed. Aquino cannot afford to be shy in these critical times.

Consider this: The Philippines has mutual security arrangements with four wealthy powerful countries. The United States, Japan and Australia. Now, if these Chinese military bases in Philippine territory become realities, aside from the Philippines, the national security of several nearby countries will be at risk: Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Japan, Palau, Taiwan, Cambodia, South Korea, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore.

China is acting like a rogue country, which does not play by the rules. Its political and military leadership follows the former Communist Party Chairman Mao Tse Tung’s dictum: “Political power grows from the barrel of a gun.”

These future Chinese military bases are the guns meant by China’s leaders to possess global political power, an extremely perilous situation for all the countries in the region. American economic and military interests are also at risk, as is regional stability. As such, the affected countries also don’t want these bases to be constructed. Not only will they be sympathetic to the Philippines destroying these future bases, they will support it.

The Philippines must request from her mutual security partners the means to destroy these future bases now and the assurance of full support against retaliation. Enough persuasive reasons can be presented to the leaders of the US Japan and Australia to provide to the Philippines the needed planes, smart powerful bombs, drones and technical advice.

After these bases are destroyed, the US, Japan, Australia, the Philippines and other allies must immediately announce a message to this effect:

“In its legitimate exercise of self defense, the Philippines has destroyed future Chinese military bases deep within Philippine territory that were being illegally constructed by China on Philippine atolls and islands in violation of international law. Not only is the national security of the Philippines threatened by these future military bases, they also threaten the national security of several surrounding countries: Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Japan, Palau, Taiwan, Cambodia, South Korea, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and Singapore.

If China retaliates against the Philippines in any manner or form, it will face the same retaliation from the United States, Japan, Australia, Vietnam and other allied nations.”

With this fair warning, if China still retaliates, it risks annihilation — military, economic or otherwise.

We really have no choice: We have to destroy these future Chinese military bases now.

Note: Ted Laguatan is a San Francisco based human rights lawyer and California State Bar Certified Immigration Law expert.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: CANCELLATION OF THE REGIONAL SUMMIT OF FILIPINOS IN THE DIASPORA IN MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Diasporacancellation

 

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas announces with regret the cancellation of the Regional Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora in Middle East and Africa (MEA) scheduled in Abu Dhabi, October 16-18, 2014. The decision was mutually agreed upon by the organizers due to reasons beyond their control. (Please see attached flyer.)

We would like to thank everyone for your support and interest to participate in the Regional Summit.  We also extend our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this cancellation has caused.

However, we would like you to note that that the 3rd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora: “Vision and Action for the Filipino Diaspora 2015 and beyond” in Manila is on 25-27 February 2015.

For further information, please go to: www.d2dglobalsummit.cfo.gov.ph   Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas Commission on Filipinos Overseas Office of the President of the Philippines Website: www.cfo.gov.ph Email address of CFO: info@cfo.gov.ph

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