Golez: Why is the Philippines echoing China's line? "PHL tells US, Japan, Australia to keep off sea row with China" News @gmanews
INHO Methinks it's very unfriendly and undiplomatic to tell long proven friends and allies USA, Japan and Australia to keep off the South China Sea dispute, to please and appease a new, still unproven "friend" China that lusts (nagnanasa) for our West Philippine Sea and all its natural resources, living and non-living. We must remember that under international law, as confirmed by the ruling of the Arbitral Tribunal last year, most of the South China Sea outside the 200-mile EEZs of the coastal states, is part of the Global Commons, i.e., owned by mankind including US, Japan, Australia, India, everyone! Thus there are no outsiders as far as the Global Commons are concerned. We should not drive away our friends just to please China. At the end of the day, they are the ones who will help us when China gobbles up more of our EEZ, the way China seized Mischief Reef and Scarborough Shoal.
Indeed, we are a sovereign nation. Were should not echo and adopt China's line.