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Bello clashes with Pangilinan on difficulty of PH maritime safety


West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines — Activist Walden Bello and Senator Francis Pangilinan clashed on the problem of how the nation’s maritime territories must be secured in the course of the vice presidential debate hosted on Saturday by CNN Philippines.

“Nicely, I’m ready to battle for our rights over the waters of our unique financial zone and never be subservient. Hindi tayo pupwedeng sunud-sunuran sa China. Gusto natin makipag-kaibigan sa China pero ‘wag naman dahil sa pagkakaibigan natin sa kanila ay igi-give up na natin ‘yung 550,000 sq. kilometers of sovereign and unique financial zone,” Pangilinan mentioned.

(We can’t simply observe China. We need to be mates with China however to not the purpose the place we might quit our 550,000 sq. kilometers of sovereign and unique financial zone.)

Pangilinan additionally lamented that the month-to-month earnings of Filipino fisherfolk have dropped from P40,000 to P60,000 to only P3,000.

Pangilinan added that the Philippine Coast Guard and the Philippine Navy ought to resume their patrols within the nation’s maritime areas and shield these from unlawful fishing, particularly international fishers.

“Ngayon, dahil wala na ‘yung Coast Guard, wala na ‘yung Navy, wala nang pumoprotekta sa kanila. So, dapat i-resume ‘yung patrol, dapat i-resume ‘yung Coast Guard para ‘pag naroon ‘yung ating mangingisda, mayroon silang takbuhan,” he proposed.

(Now, because the Coast Guard and Navy will not be there, nobody protects the fisherfolk. So, the Coast Guard ought to resume its patrols so our fishers can run to somebody.)

Pangilinan added that the Philippines must also strengthen ties with the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and different international locations.

“We should have interaction with Asean. Indonesia, Vietnam, they’re additionally involved concerning the aggression of China. We should always align with Asean neighbors, who collectively we are able to strengthen our place that’s aggression isn’t proper,” he mentioned.

“The [United States], Australia, Japan are additionally involved about this nine-dash line unlawful declare, pretend declare. And now we have to additionally align and strengthen our alliances with them in order that now we have a broad alliance that can assert or will oppose this unacceptable nine-dash declare of China,” he went on.

Bello nonetheless countered Pangilinan saying the Philippines ought to have an unbiased international coverage.

“We’ll be a part of the Quad? Come on. That is dominated by the Australia, US (United States), etcetera. You mentioned we’re going to align with Quad. That’s per the Aquino administration’s pro-US coverage,” referring to late President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

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