BAYAN statement on the PCA ruling vs 9 dash line claim of China

By Bayan

Bayan calls on the Filipino people to actively uphold and promote the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) against the 9 dash line claim of China, which favors the rights and entitlements of the Philippines to its exclusive economic zone. With the UNCLOS and the PCA ruling as basis, the Filipino people must help in gaining the support of the international community against China’s aggressive behavior in the West PH Sea. We call on China to cease and desist from barring our fishermen from fishing in the area known as Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc. We call on China to cease its environmentally destructive and illegal reclamation activities in the area. China should accept the ruling and enter into bilateral talks with the PH government on the basis of UNCLOS and the PCA ruling. Cooperation is possible only if China abandons its 9 dash line claim and respects the rights of the Philippines. China may be a superpower but the voices of the Filipino people and the international community will isolate it politically if it insists on violating international law.

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