The Guam and Saipan chapter of the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance is calling on all the Filipinos and other citizens to join the group in a Global Day of Prayer for Peace and Victory in the West Philippine Sea.
According to Dr. Celia Lamkin, USP4GG chair for Guam, the CNMI, Hawaii, and American Samoa and founder of the Global Filipino Diaspora Marianas for CNMI and Guam, a Holy mass will be offered for the intention of peace and victory in the West Philippine Sea today, Sept. 2, 2015, at 5:30pm at the San Jose Church on Saipan and at the Saint Anthony Church in Tamuning, Guam, at 7pm.
In January 2014, the Philippines filed a case against China at the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal at The Hague, Netherlands because of its massive claims on the West Philippine Sea where seven artificial islands have been created that are within the 200 nautical miles Exclusive Economic Zone under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The UNAT will soon decide on the arbitration case on the jurisdiction about the case after the Philippines presented its case in July.
“The decision is very crucial because it will have a tremendous and huge impact on the Philippines’s territory, marine and other natural resources, national security, freedom of navigation, national security and the future of the Philippines and the Filipino people and the next generations,” said Lamkin. “This will affect not only the Philippines but the whole world because the massive reclamation activities by China resulted in the massive destruction of the ecosystems in the West Philippine Sea, which is considered one of the largest ecosystems in the world.
“Let us also pray for our brothers and sisters who have the courage to live and stay in Kalayaan Islands in Palawan (Spratlys) and those who are living in Bajo de Masinloc in Zambalez for their safety, protection and wellbeing.
We are asking all global citizens who value and believe in the provision of the UNCLOS, the rule of law, world peace, equity of all nations, big or small, to join us in this global day of prayer,” added Lamkin. (USP4GG)