While on Martial Law Like Threat to Filipinos, Ph is Told to Protest on China New Bases in WPS

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Duterte threatens martial law-like lockdown in Philippines -Straitstimes Singapore

PH told to protest 2 new Chinese districts in South China Sea - GlobalNation Inquirer.net

China Erects New Bases in WPS, as PH Grapples With COVID-19 Crisis -Esquire


Photo Compilation Sources: Esquire,Philstar, The Filipino Times


Coronavirus: Duterte threatens martial law-like lockdown in Philippines as many flout controls

Photo Source: The Filipino Times ( Link below)


President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to place the Philippines under a martial law-like lockdown, as he expressed his frustration that more and more people were ignoring restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

"I am just asking for your discipline. If you don't want to, the military and police can take over. I am ordering them now to be ready," Mr Duterte said in one of his late-night addresses on Thursday (April 16).

He said should the sweeping lockdown he had ordered start to fall apart before its end date of April 30, security forces could step in to enforce social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.


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PH told to protest 2 new Chinese districts in South China Sea


In an apparent move to further tighten its grip in the South China Sea, Beijing recently announced it was establishing two districts in Paracels and Spratly Islands.

The two administrative units are under the control of Sansha City, Chinese People’s Liberation Army said in its news website on Friday (April 17).

MANILA, Philippines — In an apparent move to further tighten its grip in the South China Sea, Beijing recently announced it was establishing two districts in Paracels and Spratly Islands.

The two administrative units are under the control of Sansha City, Chinese People’s Liberation Army said in its news website on Friday (April 17).

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The ”Nansha District” would be in charge of Spratly Islands, where the Philippine claims in the West Philippine Sea are located, as well as the surrounding areas. Its government will hold office on Yongshu Jiao, China’s name for Philippine-claimed Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) Reef.

The “Xisha District” would manage Paracel Islands, the Macclesfield Bank, and other areas close to it.


Vietnam was outraged by China’s latest move, and has strongly protested it.

“The establishment of the so-called Sansha City and related activities seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty,” Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement.


“Vietnam demands that China respect Vietnam’s sovereignty and abolish its wrongful decisions,” she said.


Absolute control

Maritime expert Prof. Jay Batongbacal said China’s creation of new districts is an attempt to demonstrate that it has absolute control of the disputed waters.

If no other state objects, it can be interpreted as consent.

“Absence of protests on the part of the other countries, especially those directly affected, will be seen and portrayed as acquiescence and acceptance or recognition of the exercise of such control as valid,” he told Inquirer.net on Monday.

It will be a recognition of China’s sovereignty in the area, and the validity of its claims despite their being obviously excessive, illegal and unsupported by law or facts, he said.


Read more: https://globalnation.inquirer.net/186987/ph-told-to-protest-2-new-chinese-districts-in-south-china-sea


China Erects New Bases in West Philippine Sea, as PH Grapples With COVID-19 Crisis

Photo Source: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/03/24/2003124/world-busy-fighting-coronavirus-china-quietly-builds-installations-philippine-claimed-reefs


In the past weeks, while the Philippine government has been preoccupied with dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, its superpower neighbor has been busy taking advantage of the situation by putting up two new bases in the West Philippine Sea.

March 20 report by China’s Xinhua news website says the Chinese government has successfully established two new “research facilities” on Kagitingan Reef and Zamora Reef, both claimed by the Philippines.

According to Xinhua, the newly established facilities on Kagitingan and Zamora Reefs form part of an Integrated Research Center, a network of scientific research bases in the West Philippine Sea.

“In the future, the Integrated Research Center for Islands and Reefs will focus on research areas in the fields of ocean acidification, micro-plastic pollution, coral reef ecosystem conservation and marine disaster treatment,” the report stated.


China’s Reclamation Activities Declared Illegal

In a landmark decision in 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that China’s reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea were illegal, including island-building projects on Kagitingan Reef. It also ruled the Philippines has sovereign rights to the West Philippine Sea that is being contested by China.


Source: https://www.esquiremag.ph/politics/news/china-establishes-new-bases-west-philippine-sea-a00293-20200323



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https://www.esquiremag.ph/politics/news/china-establishes-new-bases-west-philippine-sea-a00293-20200323


https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2020/03/24/2003124/world-busy-fighting-coronavirus-china-quietly-builds-installations-philippine-claimed-reefs


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