MANILA – The Philippine authorities on Sunday vowed to stay steadfast in its obligation to guard Philippine sovereignty and its sovereign rights within the nation’s maritime area amid reviews on the presence of Chinese language maritime militia vessels at Julian Felipe Reef within the West Philippine Sea.
The Nationwide Job Pressure for the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS), in a press release, stated the Philippines shall adhere to its dedication to the United Nations Conference on the Legislation of the Sea (UNCLOS).
“The federal government shall proceed to peacefully and proactively pursue its initiatives on environmental safety, meals safety, and freedom of navigation within the West Philippine Sea as a part of its general nationwide safety coverage,” the NTF-WPS assertion learn.
The NTF-WPS expressed concern concerning the confirmed report from the Philippine Coast Guard that round 22 Chinese language Fishing Vessels (CFVs), believed to be manned by Chinese language maritime militia personnel, had been sighted moored in line formation on the Julian Felipe Reef (Whitsun Reef) on March 7.
“The NTF-WPS notes this circumstance as a priority because of the potential overfishing and destruction of the marine surroundings, in addition to dangers to the protection of navigation,” it stated.
The Reef is a big boomerang-shaped shallow coral reef on the northeast of Pagkakaisa Banks and Reefs (Union Reefs), positioned roughly 175 Nautical Miles west of Bataraza, Palawan.
It’s inside the Philippine Unique Financial Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf (CS), over which the nation enjoys the unique proper to take advantage of or preserve any assets which embody each dwelling assets, corresponding to fish, and non-living assets corresponding to oil and pure fuel.
The assertion added that regardless of clear climate on the time, the Chinese language vessels massed on the reef confirmed no precise fishing actions and had their full white lights turned on throughout night time time. (PNA)