PHL insists Escoda Shoal is within its sovereignty and maritime jurisdiction

January 11, 2012 12:38 am 

MANILA, Jan. 10 — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday sad the Escoda Shoal is within the Philippine sovereignty and maritime jurisdiction as it is 123.6 nautical miles from Palawan.

“These intrusions of the Chinese are clear violations of the 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) in the South China Sea as well as the provision of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” DFA Secretary Alberto del Rosario stressed.

The Philippines expressed such concern to China on Sunday after two maritime ships and a naval vessel were separately spotted in the Escoda (Sabina) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea on December 11 and 12.

However, China dismissed the Philippines’ concern as “groundless.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said that China has indisputable sovereignty over the area.

He said China refuses to accept the “groundless accusations” from the Philippines and expressed hope that the Philippines “won’t create something from nothing.”

“The communication between our two sides is always there,” Sun Yi, deputy chief of political section and spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Manila, said. (PNA)

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