No winner if conflict erupts in the Spratlys PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 14:28

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

One Patriotic Coalition of Marginal Nationals (1-Pacman) partylist said in a press release, “that there will be no winner”, if conflict erupts with China in the West Philippine Sea. 1-Pacman showing concerned with the plight of the millions of marginal Filipino families in the country, who will be the first victims economically, if the China-Philippines territorial conflict will remain unsolved.

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China with her military might is a force to reckon with in the world and the Philippines military strength is no match to them. “But if the territorial conflict will lead to an armed conflict, China will lose the support of other Southeast Asian Nations, like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand who also have standing territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea and so with the nations of Japan and Taiwan, who claims some islands in the West China Sea as belonging to them. It will be noted that China claims the whole islands in the West Philippine Sea, including those islands near the shorelines of Southeast Asian nations, as belonging to them.

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1-Pacman partylist, if successful in their bid to be represented in Congress of the Philippines, promised to cooperate with the Philippine government for a peaceful and diplomatic resolution of the territorial conflict in the West Philippine Sea. 1-Pacman also will support any move for a Bilateral Talks with China regarding the issue and it  even suggested for a “back channel” negotiation with the Philippines and China. The Philippines should sit down with China and discuss the matter seriously “so China will know that the Philippines wanted to settle the territorial conflict peacefully and fairly and does not want war to settle it, because nobody will win but all will lose economically,” 1-Pacman said in the press release.

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The Philippines should not lose hope if China will not agree on a negotiation. The Philippines should exert efforts to convince China, that our intention is for a fair and just settlement on the issue that would benefit both China and the Philippines and the world, since the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) is a vital commercial sea passage from the east to the west of the world and the United States wanted this vital commercial sealane of the West Philippine Sea be open at all times for navigation.

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China did massive reclamation on some isles and converted them into man-made islands and constructed airfields and naval facilities on those man-made islands to monitor navigation in the West Philippine Sea. This is the reason on this territorial conflict that ASEAN nations lodged a complaint with the United nations (UN) against China’s aggressive stand at the West Philippine Sea. 1-Pacman partylist believes that this should not be made a reason to be at war with each other but resolve it diplomatically and peacefully in a negotiation table.

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Scoop: In the name of patriotism, when our sovereignty is violated, 1-Pacman is in support with the national government in the peaceful resolution on this China’s expansion of their territory by annexing the Philippines claim in the Spratly group of isles at the West Philippine Sea. Sovereignty can best be protected with the exercise of  Patriotism, 1-Pacman partylist believes.