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Raising arbitral ruling on West Philippine Sea ‘a futile exercise’
Malacañang rejected a former Cabinet official’s suggestion to raise the arbitral ruling on the West Philippine Sea at the 74th United Nations (UN) General Assembly, describing it as a “futile exercise.”
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dismissed former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario’s suggestion, saying the UN body has no power to enforce the Philippines’ legal victory over China.
“For one, it’s a futile exercise. Why? Because the UN has no enforcement force,” Panelo said in a media interview.
Del Rosario cited the case of Nicaragua against the United States where the UN had supported the legal victory of the former by adopting a resolution calling for full compliance with the judgment of the International Court of Justice.
“Nicaragua’s resort to the UN had the effect of securing international publicity and of gaining favorable global opinion. The United States continued to defy the UN resolutions, until later on, it ultimately provided a substantial aid package to Nicaragua,” del Rosario said.
Panelo, however, said that despite this resolution, there was no further development on Nicaragua’s case.
“He is citing the case of Nicaragua. Did anything happen there? None. It remained the same,” Panelo said.
The Palace official reiterated that President Rodrigo R. Duterte still finds his method of holding bilateral talks with China as the most effective.
“There is impasse but the talks are still ongoing. At the same time, he negotiates with respect to other areas of concern mutually beneficial to both (countries),” Panelo said.
On Monday, del Rosario urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to “formulate a strategy on how the global village of nations can be convinced to take a stand on the rule of law in support of the Philippines.”
For del Rosario, the UN General Assembly is “an excellent venue because all countries will listen and the Philippines can present a case for the UN to reassert that right is might and the rule of law must be upheld.”
The Philippines is scheduled to speak before the UN on September 28. (PNA)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte returned to Manila on Sunday after productive talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
The President’s five-day official visit, his fifth to China, opened with a bilateral meeting with President Xi on 29 August 2019 at the Diaoyutai Guest House.
The two Leaders reaffirmed the longstanding friendship between the Philippines and China and renewed their commitment to further enhance our countries’Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation.
Presidents Duterte and Xi had candid and open exchange of views on the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea, including the Arbitral Award which the Philippines won in 2016.
Acknowledging the importance of a Code of Conduct(COC) in the South China Sea to regional peace and stability, the two Presidents expressed determination to fast track negotiations for the conclusion of an effective and substantive COC at the soonest possible time.
President Duterte conveyed the Philippines’ commitment to enhance ASEAN’s engagement with China during our country’s stewardship of the ASEAN-China Dialogue.
The President also met Premier Li Keqiang and reiterated the Philippines’ strong resolve to further expand economic ties and people-to-people exchanges with China for mutual benefit. He likewise stressed the importance of completing infrastructure projects with China with favorable financing arrangements.
Premier Li, for his part, stated that the Philippines is an important partner of China in Southeast Asia and that China is ready to step up cooperation in support of the “Build, Build, Build” Program to deliver win-win outcomes.
A total of six (6) agreements were signed during the visit, covering cooperation in the areas of education, science and technology, finance, and customs, among others.
The President also met with Chinese and Filipinoinvestors, including key business leaders in the Philippine construction industry, during the Philippines-China Business Forum organized by the Department of Trade and Industry.
The President likewise graced in Beijing the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 FIBA Basketball Word Cup as special guest of President Xi, the only foreign leader invited to the event.
In Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, the President was welcomed by Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and top political leaders of the province.
The President then witnessed the game of Gilas Pilipinas against Italy in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Center in Foshan.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte bagged six deals with China during his bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping here Thursday evening.
The documents signed between the Philippines and China include two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) – one on Higher Education Cooperation between the Commission on Higher Education and Ministry of Education of China, and on Science and Technology Cooperation between the Department of Science and Technology and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.
The Bureau of Customs also forged two agreements, including the Implementation of the Intergovernmental Agreement Regarding Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters with China’s General Administration of Customs and the Implementation Contract on Project of China-Aid Container Inspection Equipment with the Ministry of Commerce.
The Department of Finance signed the agreement on Exchange of Notes on Cooperation Procedure for the Availment and Utilization of Concessional Loan under a Renminbi-denominated Loan Facility with China International Development Cooperation Agency, and with the Export-Import Bank of China for the Preferential Buyer’s Credit Loan Agreement of Project Management Consultancy of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) South Long Haul Project.
In his opening remarks, Duterte said the meeting with Xi reaffirmed the value of their relationship – both personal and official – built on trust, respect, and pursuit of mutual benefit for the two nations.
“Today, we can add fresh impetus — indeed a stronger momentum — to work together. That is, to determine steps needed along a common road that lead to the goal of a strong and special relationship that is mutually respectful, collectively beneficial and decidedly reciprocal,” Duterte said.
He added that there have been challenges to the ties between the Philippines and China, but the two parties pursue their commitments through comprehensive strategic cooperation.
“With channels for dialogue fully opened, agreements signed and projects underway, there is a clear path of partnership and convergence,” he said. (PNA)