By Prince Golez
Malacañang on Thursday welcomed the decision of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to file a diplomatic protest against China over the latter’s new law allowing its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels.
“This is consistent with our position that while states can exact laws as part of their sovereignty they must do so in compliance with the UN (United Nations) Charter prohibiting the use of force unless by way of self defense or when authorized by the Security Council,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a televised briefing.
Roque also cited the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea that prohibits the arrest of illegal fishermen.
“Eh kung ang arrest pinagbabawal at kinakailangan i-release upon posting of bond, eh bakit mo babarilin? So meron din pong isyu diyan about breach of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” according to him.
The Palace official said the diplomatic protest of the DFA proved that the Philippines was “fully committed to the rule of law and will assert all its rights available under existing principles of international law to defend its interest.”