In response to the sighting of Chinese long-range bombers in the Paracel Islands, Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio on Tuesday, May 22, insisted that, “the Philippine Government must formally protest the increasing militarization of the (West Philippine Sea) by China.”
Mr. Carpio, in a press statement released to media on Tuesday, said, “failure to formally protest means the Philippines is acquiescing or consenting to the militarization, and worse, to the claim of China that all the islands, waters, and resources within the nine-dashed line form part of Chinese territory.”
“A formal protest is necessary to preserve our sovereignty over Fiery Cross Reef… A formal protest is also necessary to preserve our sovereignty over Subi Reef… Moreover, a formal protest is also necessary to preserve our exclusive sovereign rights over Mischief Reef which the arbitral tribunal ruled forms part of the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Philippines,” read Mr. Carpio’s statement. — Dane Angelo M. Enerio