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Casiño to Noynoy: “We may not begoing to war, but we must defend our rights and sovereignty!”

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Partylist Rep. Teddy Casiño reacted strongly on the statement of Pres.Benigno Aquino III saying that the Chinese poachers who illegally caught endangered species of our marine resources in Panatag (Scarborough) shoal were freed and their illegal catch not confiscated because we’re not going to war against China and the President wants to ease the tension between the two countries.

“What the Chinese did was deplorable and an infringement on our sovereignty, we have every right to detain them and confiscate their catch.They were poaching in our territorial waters, for crying out loud! This shouldbe no different from the Vietnamese who were recently apprehended catchingmarine turtles in our waters. Now they are under Philippine custody and theircatch confiscated,” said the progressive lawmaker.

“With Pres. Aquino’s statement the Chinese will be more brazen inentering our territory and poaching on our waters. This will make us look likea push over in the international community and would engender a culture ofimpunity on the Chinese and other claimants in the Spratly’s to do as theyplease because we do not want  anytension,” he added.

“We also do not want to go to war, but we must assert our sovereignty,thorugh whatever means we can. The Chinese might be bullying us but we muststand our ground. We must have our dignity as a nation intact; it is with thisthat our ASEAN friends will see that we are on a moral and righteous highground and come to our aid,” the solon stressed.

“In this light we are filing a resolution expressing the sense of the Houseof Representatives assailing China for its actions and calling for an investigationinto the incident. Bayan Muna is also set to picket the Chinese Embassy thisweek,” Casiño ended.




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