Poe tells China: WPS including Ayungin Shoal belongs to Filipino people

Poe tells China: WPS including Ayungin Shoal belongs to Filipino people

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA – Senator Grace Poe on Friday condemned the recent incursion of
Chinese boats in the West Philippine Sea particularly in Ayungin Shoal
under the sovereign territory of the Philippines blocking our supplies
ships.

In a statement, Poe told China that the West Philippine Sea,
including Ayungin Shoal, belongs to the Filipino people.

“China has no jurisdiction over these waters under our exclusive
economic zone, and has no right to harass or block our boats
delivering supplies to our forces,” she said.

Recently, some lawmakers condemned the incursion by Chinese boats,
blocking the Philippine military supply boats in Ayungin Shoal thus
violation the country sovereign rights over the waters inside our
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEC).

“The government must show immense grit and muscle to stand up to
China’s aggressive acts and reiterate our claim on Philippine waters,”
Poe said.

“The situation demands that we firmly act and assert our sovereign
rights in adherence to international laws amid such destabilizing
action,” she ended. (ai/mtvn)

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