MANILA, Philippines - A lawmaker today scored President Benigno Aquino III for seeking the support of the US in the Spratly Islands dispute without exhausting all diplomatic means with China.
“The Philippine Constitution is not at all ambiguous in asserting national sovereignty and an independent foreign policy. It is therefore highly inappropriate for the Aquino Administration to immediately seek the support of US on the Spratly claim dispute,” Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus said in a statement.
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"The Philippine Constitution is not at all ambiguous in asserting national sovereignty and
an independent foreign policy. It is therefore highly inappropriate for the Aquino
Administration to immediately seek the support of the US government on the Spratlys claim dispute. It
failed to exercise its highest duty, which is to exhaust all means of dialogue and
diplomacy, independent of any other foreign state dictating on or influencing its foreign
relations policy,” said GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus as US warships reached the Philippine
waters for joint naval exercises.
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“Even as we are saddened by the news of their execution, lessons must be learned. Much needs to be done so that no other OFW will have the same fate as Sally Villanueva, Elizabeth Batain and Ramon Credo.”
This was according to Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luz Ilagan as three Filipino OFWs were executed today in China after they were found guilty of drug trafficking. read more »
“The impending execution of three Filipinos convicted of drug trafficking in China should serve as a wake-up call for the Aquino government to boost local job creation and end the labor export policy that drug syndicates exploit in their recruitment of Filipino drug mules.” read more »
“With the number of distressed OFWs growing by the day, it is high time that the Philippine government reconsiders its labor export policy. Whether in death row or in jail, in disaster stricken countries like Japan and New Zealand or in countries facing major political upheavals, Filipino migrants are in very dangerous and vulnerable situations.” read more »
“The Arroyo administration should avoid dilly-dallying in attending to the needs of the OFWs especially those who are in jails and death rows in the Middle East and China,” said Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Luzviminda Ilagan, urging the government to double its efforts in providing assistance to troubled OFWs. read more »
Party Representative Liza Maza today scored the Committee on Foreign
Affairs for the cancellation of its meeting on Thursday to supposedly
discuss the JMSU and the questions surrounding the constitutionality of
the said agreement. “This indicates attempts of Malacanang and its
allies to cover up possible violations of the Constitution.”
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