FIGHT FOR WHAT’S OURS | 73% of Pinoys want PH to assert rights in WPS
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MANILA. Philippines (July 12, 2018) – Seven out of 10 Filipinos believe that the current administration should assert the country’s claim over the West Philippine Sea according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.
This was revealed in a forum by the Stratbase Institute on Thursday, exactly two years after the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands affirmed the Philippines’ rights over parts of the South China Sea.
In the survey conducted from June 15-21, respondents were asked if they agree or disagree to the statement: “The Duterte administration should assert our right and protect our territorial sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea as stipulated in the 2016 decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.”
Thirty six percent of the respondents also agreed that the Philippines should file a diplomatic protest against China while some also believe that we should maintain good ties with the superpower to avoid any unrest. Others agreed that we should strengthen our military capabilities to further protect our territories.
Pulse Asia President Ronnie Holmes reported that a similar survey was done in December 2016 where the “level of agreement” was 84%.
During the forum former Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario stressed that the Philippines should stop being a “willing victim” to China’s antics.
“We need all of our friends in the community of nations who believe in the rule of law to help us. But before we can hope for help, we must first demonstrate that we are worth helping.”
Vice President Leni Robredo also called for unity in the region.
“This is the time for us to peacefully protest any effort to limit or control movement in these waters. As neighbors and friends, we must stand in opposition to military build-ups in the West Philippine Sea.”