Can a country claim an ocean, I will also claim Sulu Sea: Duterte

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President Rodrigo Duterte said he will be one of the moderators at the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related summits in Thailand, and added that he will raise the question: can a country claim an entire ocean.

“I’m posing this question: Kaya mo ba mag-claim ng ownership ng ocean? Because nobody can prevent America from claiming a third of the Pacific Ocean,” President Duterte said at the oath-taking ceremony of Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte on June 21.

“Ako naman dito, pagpasok mo galing Palawan – galing India, papunta ka ng Celebes dito sa –palabas ka ng Mindanao, Pacific, iikot ka ng ganun. Pasok ka diyan. Doon ka bandang Jolo, tapos Celebes,” he said.

“Dito banda, kung tignan ninyo ‘yung mapa, it is the Sulu Sea. Now, I am thinking of claiming the Sulu Sea as ours. Huwag kayong dumaan rin ‘pag wala kayong permiso sa akin,” he added.

“And I won’t mind if America would claim the whole of the Pacific. And the Australian would claim all. That is the danger. Ang gusto kong sabihin. I will talk lengthily about it dito sa ASEAN. It’s not a matter of ‘yung 10-dash, 9-dash line,” he explained.

“Simple lang: Can you claim an ocean as your own? Because tell me now because I will also claim mine. Nakalagay diyan ‘Sulu Sea’,” he said.