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.

Palace backs filing of diplomatic protest vs new China coast guard law

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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.”

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

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