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Duterte ‘tolerating’ Chinese fishing in PH’s EEZ draws flak

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MANILA, Philippines – Hoping to get the government to side with them, the 22 fishermen who were abandoned at sea by Chinese crewmen in the Recto Bank maritime incident have asked President Rodrigo Duterte to bar Chinese fishermen from fishing within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

A country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is an area which is beyond, and is adjacent to, a given country’s territorial seas. It extends no more than 200 nautical miles out from a country’s own coastlines.

In case of the Philippines, any marine resource available within a country’s EEZ is for the exclusive use and benefit of the Philippine government and the Filipino people.

The controversial Recto or Reed Bank is within the Philippine’s EEZ.

It is rich in marine resources that is why the so-called “Recto 22” wants the government to insist Philippine’s exclusive rights in the area.

However, President Duterte said he will not bar the Chinese from fishing in Recto Bank “for friendship’s sake” when asked if he would prevent the Chinese from doing so.

“I don’t think that China would do that. Why? Because we’re friends. And they are of the same view that that should not result in any bloody confrontation,” the President told reporters on June 26.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed the President’s statement.

“Kasi friends nga daw. Kung friends, ‘di magbibigayan kayo, (Because we’re friends. Friends share with each other), Panelo said.

But Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said the government cannot allow Chinese fishermen to fish in the Philippine’s EEZ because “it will violate the Constitution.”

Carpio explained: “The Constitution mandates, The State shall protect the nation’s marine wealth in its exclusive economic zone, and reserve its use and enjoyment exclusively to Filipino citizens.”

He added that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has the specific task to be “the protector of the people” as mandated by the Constitution and to “secure the sovereignty of the state and the integrity of the national territory.”

“The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is the President, who has the constitutional duty to direct the Armed Forces is the President, who has the constitutional duty to direct the Armed Forces to protect the nation’s marine wealth in its Exclusive Economic Zone,” Carpio explained further.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, meanwhile, pointed out in his tweet that the word ‘friend’ is not stated in the Constitution criticizing the President’s remarks allowing the Chinese to enjoy resources in the country’ archipelagic waters.

Somebody, please help me find the word “friends” below:

Professor Jay Batongbacal, for his part, said the President’s stance on the issue is tantamount to ‘renouncing’ Philippine’s victory against China granted by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in 2016 which ruled in favor of the Philippines as having the sovereign rights over the disputed territory in the West Philippine Sea. (Yahoo News PH)

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Severe Weather Bulletin #1 for Tropical Depression “Jenny”

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SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN #01
FOR: TROPICAL DEPRESSION “#JennyPH
TROPICAL CYCLONE: WARNING
ISSUED AT 5:00 PM, 26 August 2019
(Valid for broadcast until the next bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today)

THE LOW PRESSURE EAST OF VIRAC, CATANDUANES HAS DEVELOPED INTO TROPICAL DEPRESSION AND WAS NAMED “JENNY”.

•Between today and tomorrow (27 August) afternoon, “JENNY” will bring light to moderate rains with intermittent heavy rains over Caraga, Eastern Visayas, and Bicol Region.
•Between tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday (28 August) afternoon, moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, northern Aurora, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and La Union. Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and the rest of Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon.
•Residents in the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, especially the Thunderstorm Advisories and Heavy Rainfall Warnings to be issued by PAGASA Regional Services Divisions.
•Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 may be raised over Ilocos Norte, Babuyan Islands, and the rest of Pangasinan in the next Severe Weather Bulletin.
•Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS due to potentially rough sea conditions.

Location of eye/center At 4:00 PM today, the center of Tropical Depression “JENNY” was estimated based on all available data at 670 km East of Virac, Catanduanes(14.2°N, 130.4°E).
Strength: Maximum winds of up to 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.
Movement: Moving Northwest at 25 km/h.

Forecast Positions
•24 Hour(Tomorrow afternoon): 370 km East of Baler, Aurora(15.8°N, 125.0°E)
•48 Hour(Wednesday afternoon):160 km West of Sinait, Ilocos Sur(17.3°N, 118.9°E)
•72 Hour(Thursday afternoon): 455 km West of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (OUTSIDE PAR)(18.6°N, 116.3°E)
•96 Hour(Friday afternoon):935 km West Northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (OUTSIDE PAR)(20.0°N, 111.9°E)
•120 Hour(Saturday afternoon):1,145 km West of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)(21.4°N, 111.0°E)

TROPICAL CYCLONE WIND SIGNAL

TCWS#1 (30-60 km/h Expected in 36 hours)
Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, eastern portion of Pangasinan, northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Island, and Catanduanes

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today.

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Chinese survey ship spotted in PH exclusive economic zone

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MANILA – A Chinese survey ship that was seen earlier this month sailing east of the Philippines was spotted once again inside the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ), maritime experts have confirmed.

Chinese oceanographic survey ship “Zhangjian” entered the Philippines’ EEZ, said Ryan Martinson, Assistant Professor of the Chinese Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College who posted the ship’s position on Twitter.

Professor Jay Batongbacal, Director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, and Jess Floren of the Karagatan Patrol confirmed the ship’s presence in the country’s EEZ.

The survey ship Zhangjian was tracked making grid-like, back-and-forth movements in the Philippine Sea for days, a movement the experts suggest was indicative of scientific exploration.

The grid-like maneuvers, however, took place just outside the Philippines’ EEZ, which is not violative of Philippine maritime rights ABS-CBN News reports.

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New low pressure area enters PAR

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MANILA—A new low-pressure area (LPA) entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Monday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The weather disturbance was spotted 975 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar and is moving in a northwest direction, weather specialist Ariel Rojas said.

The LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, but will bring rains over the eastern part of the country, he added.

The LPA’s trough or extension will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or habagat, which continues to prevail over the western section of northern Luzon, will bring isolated rain showers over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. (Source: ABS-CBN News)

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