Former National Security Advisor Roilo Golez on Monday stressed that the country should take a strong stance against China’s claim over the Scarborough Shoal following its increasing tension with the United States over the weekend.
On Saturday a US warship entered within the 12 nautical miles of the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal which quickly caught the attention China.
Reacting to the US’ entry, China vowed to take “necessary measures” to protect its “sovereignty” over the disputed shoal.
In an interview with DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan, Golez emphasized that China’s “sovereignty” statement should not be taken idly given that their announcement was a direct violation of the arbitral tribunal.
Meanwhile, Malacañang in a statement said that they “do not wish to be part of a US-China intramural” and that the United States can take care of its own interest.
The Palace also stressed the Philippines’ claim over Scarborough Shoal and insists its recognization over the West Philippine Sea with solid basis from the constitutional law and international law.
On talk of China’s research with the Philippines’ Scarborough shoal, Golez stressed that the Philippines should assert its diplomatic protest against China before it once again begins to take claim over the said Philippine territory.
“Ang sabi ng China, wala raw basehan ang Pilipinas na i-claim ang Scarborough shoal,” Golez said “Pero base sa republic act 9522, we have sovereign rights sa scarborough shoal.”
According to Golez, China may be eying future claims over the Scarborough Shoal given its rich coral reefs, aqua diversity, and its abundance of methane hydrates which could be used as a source of energy.