The presence of the Chinese Liaoning aircraft carrier conducting high-intensity drills by the People’s Liberation Army Navy in the West Philippine Sea is a blatant violation by China of international law, which they have been perpetrating for years.
For this reason, the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea, a peaceful trans-global and non-partisan organization that advocates for the preservation of the Philippines’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, stands on the grounds that:
(1) In alignment with the mission and goals of the NYMWPS, we vehemently condemn the continuous presence of the Chinese Coast Guard and other Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea. On July 12, 2016, the arbitral tribunal unequivocally awarded the Philippines sovereign rights within the 200 nautical miles of the West Philippine Sea;
(2) The presence of these Chinese military vessels does not reflect the friendship both our countries have committed to foster;
(3) We, thus, call on the various responsible agencies of the national government to soundly advise the incumbent and president-elect president to assert our sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea and to uphold the constitutional mandate to defend our territorial integrity and national interest; and
(4) The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea has always maintained that sovereignty and sovereign rights are non-negotiable issues and that the Chinese vessels operating within our exclusive economic zone and territorial waters must be immediately expelled.
Dr. Celia Lamkin
Global chair and founder
National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea