“Atin ito! Ipagtanggol ang ating panalo sa China,” Senator Kiko Pangilinan said on the 3rd anniversary of Hague ruling on West Philippine Sea.
“Panalo tayo. Nakuha na natin ang trophy three years ago. Bakit parang binibigay pa natin sa tinalo natin? Kaya tuloy, simula nang nag-pivot ang Pilipinas pa-China, naging mas agresibo ang ating higanteng kapit-bansa sa asta nito sa West Philippine Sea. Ang pagbangga at paglubog sa bangkang GemVer sa Recto Bank ang pinakahuling pambubully nito,” the senator said.
He said that the Philippines had stood up to the bullying by filing diplomatic protests, summoning Chinese ambassadors, arresting, prosecuting, fining, and eventually expelling Chinese (and other foreign) poachers, and there has not been any war.
“The Recto Bank alone is estimated to hold up to 5.4 billion barrels of oil and 55.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to a 2013 report from the United States Energy Information Administration. The UP Marine Institute, on the other hand, says that fisheries production of both municipal and EEZ waters of the country has declined over,” the senator added.
“If we are able to harness the oil and gas, and protect our marine life in the West Philippine Sea, it would mean cheaper power and electricity, as well as seafood, for our consumers, and more income and food for our fisher folk,” he said.
“Tungkulin ng pamahalaang Pilipino na itaguyod ang panalong ito at protektahan at pangalagaan ang ating teritoryo,” Senator Pangilinan said.
“Gayundin, tungkulin nating lahat bilang Pilipino na isabuhay ang panalong ito para sa pamana ng ating lahi at kinabukasan ng ating mga anak laban sa patuloy na pananalakay ng China,” he added.