The apprehension of ‘trespassers’ could escalate tensions in the South China Sea, warns Zubiri

Manila, Philippines — Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri expressed his concerns over China’s threat to apprehend “trespassers” in the South China Sea, warning that such actions could escalate tensions in the region.

In an interview with dwIZ, Zubiri appealed to the Chinese government not to pursue this course of action, citing the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) that guarantees freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea.

Zubiri emphasized that any attempts to detain individuals on Philippine vessels would be considered illegal under UNCLOS and would only increase tensions in the area.

Senator Jinggoy Estrada echoed Zubiri’s sentiments, urging China to adhere to international norms and agreements instead of resorting to intimidation tactics. He emphasized the importance of upholding the rights and interests of all nations operating in the West Philippine Sea.

In a statement, Speaker Martin Romualdez criticized China for escalating tensions in the region with its aggressive pronouncements. He called on China to act responsibly and respect the rights of other nations in the South China Sea.

Romualdez vowed to defend the sovereignty of the Philippines and ensure the safety and rights of its citizens and fishermen in the Exclusive Economic Zone.

The House of Representatives stands firm against any arrests of Filipino citizens within their own waters and will defend the country’s sovereignty against any unilateral actions by China.

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