FAKE NEWS OF THE CENTURY | Carpio urges PH to act vs. China’s false WPS narrative

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JANUARY 18, 2019 – Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio on Thursday called on the Filipinos and the administration to act against the “false narrative” of China about the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

In a forum in Makati City, Carpio said the country’s problem now is the historical narrative being taught by China to its citizens to validate its expansive claims in the disputed region.

Beijing refused to recognize the 2016 ruling in favor of the Philippines since the Chinese people acknowledge this narrative “by heart,” Carpio said.

“If the Chinese government today complies with the ruling, the Chinese people might throw them out. So this is our problem now. We’ve solved the legal problem, now how to convince the Chinese people that this historical narrative is the false history of the century, fake news of the century?” the magistrate said.

Carpio was part of the Philippine panel who won the maritime dispute against China before the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration.

He has been conducting lectures contesting the nine-dash claim of Beijing and its narrative of controlling the South China Sea.

‘We should also start the campaign to inform the people of the world that China has no historic rights and ask to help us explain to the Chinese people that has been taught them from Grade 1 to College was totally false,” he stressed anew.

INTENTION OF CHINA

Carpio likewise scored Beijing’s intention to control the contested region and natural resources.

China may be slowing down for now but this is only temporary as it is still after the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, Carpio said.

He also opposed a possible Chinese takeover of the financially stricken Hanjin industries shipyard in Subic, saying the complex can be used as an intelligence monitoring site for Beijing.

“If we allow the Chinese to operate the shipyard in Subic then they can monitor everything that we do. I mean, why do we allow the Chinese to get a foot in Subic when they are trying to seize our West Philippine Sea just across? It doesn’t make sense,” Carpio said.

Malacanang earlier said it sees nothing wrong with a Chinese firm taking over Hanjin’s reins.

“Kung Chinese company naman na dati nating ka-deal at walang problema, eh ‘di walang issue. Kung di natin kilala, we have to vet para malaman natin,” Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

Defense Secetary Delfin Lorenzana for his part backed suggestions for a government takeover of the shipping facility to help the Philippine Navy and Coast Guard build their sea assets.

Meanwhile in the same forum with Carpio, Lorenzana acknowledged that competing the territorial and maritime claims in the WPS is the most critical external challenge for the Philippines.

But he asserted that the Philippines will not surrender any part of its territory amid China’s claim.

“A complete resolution of the territorial and maritime dispute may not be in the horizon just yet. But this year offers us important windows to explore innovative approaches to manage the dispute and pursue constructive engagement,” Lorenzana said.