Daily Star logoOpinions

Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, July 21, 2016
Front Page
Negros Oriental
Star Business
Opinion
Sports
Star Life
People & Events

 


Startoon by Roy Aguilar
Opinion Columns
Twinkling with Ninfa R. Leonardia
Rock and Refuge with Fr. Roy Cimagala
Choices We Make with Benjamin Calderon
TIGHT ROPE with Modesto Sa-onoy
Editorial

No time for talks

Daily Star logo
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
NINFA R. LEONARDIA
Editor-in-Chief & President

CARLA P. GOMEZ
Editor

CHERYL CRUZ
Busines Editor

NIDA A. BUENAFE

Sports Editor
RENE GENOVE
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
Advertising Coordinator

CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
Administrative Officer

The Philippine government has rightfully rejected the request of China to meet with them on the South China Sea dispute. How could our country ever agree to a meeting solely on the terms of the party seeking the “talks”?

As revealed by Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, the Chinese government is asking our country for bilateral talks, but not to touch on the recent ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration that had been in our favor. So what, then, will be discussed when the matter of the most immediate importance is to be ignored, as if nothing had been decided yet?

The PCA had stated in its decision that there was no legal basis for

China's claims to the disputed waters. That had been our country's stand since before, but China, had ignored our complaints and went on with their reclamations and building of structures, probably sure that there was nothing a small and poor country like ours could do against her wealth, size and population.

But ours has always been a government of laws, and our leaders took the legal step which was to set the problem before the international court that has, always been the arbiter in similar cases. But China refuses to abide by the ruling, arrogantly stating that it is rejecting it.

Fortunately for us, other countries are seeing our side in this issue, and this does not look good for China that is being becoming a bully in the eyes of other peoples.

Perhaps that is why it has made the request for talks, bilateral talks, it says, but where it will call the shots.

Both China and the Philippines are signatories to the United States Convention on the Law of the Sea, and that is where we got our stand in this matter. Any talk at all should be one between equals, because, certainly, the law is already on our side.*

   

Email: visayandailystar@yahoo.com