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Palace: Visit of Lorenzana to Pag-asa lawful

There is nothing unlawful with the recent visit of the country’s defense and military officials to Pag-asa Island, a Philippine-owned territory, Malacañang said yesterday.

WE must learn the lessons of the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and how this is applied for the “Philippine Ridge” or Benham Rise. Assurances by China which violated “innocent passage”, by conducting oceanographic studies, crisscrossing the area to Surigao Strait, cannot be trusted. Theodore Roosevelt popularized the “Talk softly, but carry a big stick”. Breaking down diplomatic protocols coached in gracious speeches, the “big stick” is the language in realpolitik when international leaders face each other. Presidents, prime ministers, premieres etc. logically have this at the back of their minds – How big a stick is their counterpart carrying in terms of economy, potential trade, and military arsenal. This determines the tipping of the calculus, whether a State Visit is of “equals”, or of Emperors with vassals paying homage?

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The 24-million hectare Benham Rise undersea plateau east of Luzon has potential methane hydrates that could be a possible source of energy for the Philippines.

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AS I first made a prediction back in 2016 in this column, sounding the alarm, of an impending reality unfortunately coming to pass. Scarborough Shoal (SS), also known as Panatag Shoal, will be taken by China. A few days ago, the Mayor of Sansha, Xiao Jie, announced there would be monitoring stations built in six islands and reefs, to include SS of the northwestern Philippines. Hainan Daily newspaper seconded the announcement by stating, this was “among the government’s priorities for 2017”.   

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So far, the strongest and most credible voice to emerge from the mishmash of arguments on issues affecting our national territory is that of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio who urged Malacanang to make Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal off limits to any Chinese development, whether for weather monitoring or any other alibi.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday assured that the Philippines is keeping a close watch on Panatag or Scarborough Shoal on the West Philippine Sea following reports that China is preparing to build a monitoring station there.

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