Fifth Anniversary of South China Sea Arbitration Popular Protests Erupt in Front of Chinese Embassy in Philippines

Several Filipino groups held a demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy in Manila on Monday, demanding Beijing authorities to respect the ruling of an international tribunal and leave Philippine waters on the fifth anniversary of the arbitration between the Philippines and China over the South China Sea.

According to Taiwan’s Central News Agency, the radical Filipino group “Fishermen’s Movement Force”, the left-wing group “Side by Side Party” and the “United Progressive Labor Federation” called for hundreds of supporters to demonstrate in front of the Chinese Embassy on Monday. The group called on hundreds of supporters to demonstrate in front of the Chinese Embassy. The crowd protested with posters of the late Philippine President Aquino’s head and slogans such as “The West Philippine Sea is ours,” “China leaves Philippine waters,” and “Xi Jinping and Duterte are no different. ” and other slogans, and shouted slogans to express their demands.

It is reported that the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, in its 2016 ruling on the South China Sea, stated that China “has no historical rights to the resources of the waters of the South China Sea” and that “by impeding Philippine fishing and oil exploration, building artificial islands, and failing to prevent Chinese fishermen from fishing in the area, China has violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights in the The Philippines has no historical rights to its exclusive economic zone. But since taking office, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has set aside the South China Sea arbitration results and befriended Beijing.

“Five years after the Philippines’ important arbitration victory, China continues to violate the Philippines’ fishing rights in its traditional fishing grounds, said Fishermen’s Campaign Force national president Hiccup on Monday. The group will continue to demand that Beijing dismantle all military installations in Philippine waters and withdraw its troops from the artificial islands.

For its part, the “Side by Side Party” statement stressed that Aquino has become a powerful symbol of the Filipino people’s courage in defending the West Philippine Sea.