‘FISHING AGREEMENT’ SA CHINA ITINANGGI

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PINABULAANAN ng Malakanyang ang espekulasyon na mayroong “verbal fishing agreement” sina Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte at Chinese President Xi Jin Ping.

Wala ring katotohanan ang di umano’y paghikayat sa mga Chinese vessel na manatili sa West Philippine Sea sa kabila ng diplomatic protests at matatapang na salita na pinakawalan ng mga opisyal ng pamahalaan ng Pilipinas.

“This is without basis and is quite simply, conjecture,” ayon kay Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

Ang kasunduan sa pangingisda sa ilalim ng domestic laws ay maaari lamang gawin sa pamamagitan ng treaty o tratado.

“Per Article 2 (1) (a) of the Vienna Convention on the Law on Treaties, a treaty is an international agreement concluded between States in written form. Clearly, a treaty must be in writing. No such treaty or agreement exists between the Philippines and China,” ang paliwanag ni Sec. Roque.

Binigyang diin ni Sec. Roque na hindi kailanman pinapayagan ni Pangulong Duterte ang tinatawag na “unlawful commercial fishing” ng anomang estado sa karagatan ng Pilipinas.

“However, the President also recognizes that subsistence (non-commercial) fishing may be allowed as a recognition of the traditional fishing rights pointed out by the Arbitral Tribunal itself in its Award on Jurisdiction (para. 407) in the case between the Philippines and China,” dagdag na pahayag ni Sec. Roque.

Kaya umapela ang Malakanyang sa publiko na tigilan na ang paggawa ng malicious speculations at false claims para lamang gatungan ang sitwasyon. (CHRISTIAN DALE)

 
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