Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Energy News .




ENERGY TECH
Aquino urges Philippines to unite on China
by Staff Writers
Manila (AFP) July 23, 2012


Philippine President Benigno Aquino urged all Filipinos on Monday to unite in sending a message to China over a territorial row, insisting his country would not give in to its more powerful neighbour.

In his annual "state of the nation" address to parliament, Aquino said his government had shown goodwill and forbearance in handling the months-long dispute over competing claims to parts of the South China Sea.

"I ask for solidarity from our people regarding this issue. Let us speak with one voice. Help me relay to the other side the logic of our stand," Aquino said.

"If someone entered your yard and told you he owned it, would you agree? Would it be right to give away that which is rightfully ours?"

Aquino recalled how the row began in April when Chinese government ships blocked Philippine boats from arresting Chinese fishermen in Scarborough Shoal, an outcropping claimed by both countries in the South China Sea.

He said the Philippines had since ignored the Chinese state-run media's "harangues" over the issue.

"I do not think it is excessive to ask that our rights be respected, just as we respect their rights as a fellow nation in a world that we share," Aquino said.

China claims sovereignty over nearly all of the sea, which is believed to hold vast amounts of oil and gas, is one of the region's most important fishing grounds and is home to shipping lanes that are vital to global trade.

The Philippines, as well as Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan, also claim parts of the sea, making the area one of the region's potential military flashpoints.

The Philippines and Vietnam have complained over the past year that China has becoming increasingly aggressive in staking its claims to the area.

Aquino said the Philippines was looking to find a resolution that was "acceptable to all", and made no threats.

However, in a separate part of his 90-minute speech, he also stressed he was pushing through with the modernisation of the Philippine military, one of the most poorly equipped in Asia.

He said his government had allocated 28 billion pesos ($67 million) for military modernisation to acquire new hardware and repair old equipment, with new helicopters and a frigate due to arrive next year.

And he said the government was planning to spend 75 billion pesos on defence over the next five years.

A large part of Aquino's speech was devoted to the economic reforms he said had been achieved since his administration took over from his graft-tainted predecessor, Gloria Arroyo, in June, 2010.

Aquino cited as evidence economic growth of 6.4 percent for the Philippines in the first quarter of the year, one of the best in the region, as well as repeated credit ratings upgrades from international agencies.

He said his government had given millions of poor Filipinos greater access to health and education services, and that the unemployment rate had dropped from 8.0 percent in 2010 to 6.9 percent this year.

Aquino said the economic progress had been made possible because of efforts to tackle corruption that he alleged had infected all parts of government during the nearly 10 years that Arroyo was in power.

"Now, with a level playing field, and clear and consistent rules, confidence in our economy is growing," he said.

Aquino made repeated references to the plight of the nation under his predecessor, describing the Philippines then as a "rotten state", and vowing again to ensure those involved in corruption would be punished.

Arroyo has been one of his chief targets, and she is now in detention awaiting trial on vote fraud and corruption charges.

.


Related Links
Powering The World in the 21st Century at Energy-Daily.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





ENERGY TECH
Vietnam activists hold another anti-China rally
Hanoi (AFP) July 22, 2012
About 200 protesters brought parts of central Hanoi to a brief halt on Sunday in the third rally this month against Beijing's perceived territorial assertiveness in the South China Sea. Demonstrators shouting "Down with China's aggression!" brought traffic around Hoan Kiem Lake in the centre of the Vietnamese capital to a standstill as they marched towards the Chinese embassy. They were ... read more


ENERGY TECH
Roadmap for a Sustainable Energy System in the Dominican Republic

Apollo Energy Assists Businesses Cutting Commercial Energy Costs

Ireland calls for interconnector approval

Report: Canada can be energy superpower

ENERGY TECH
Vietnam activists hold another anti-China rally

Sudan denies bombing South

China unveils blockbuster foreign energy deal

Aquino urges Philippines to unite on China

ENERGY TECH
SeaRoc to provide full installation services on Narec's Offshore Anemometry Hub

Italian police seize giant wind farm in mafia probe

GL Garrad Hassan releases update of WindFarmer 5.0

U.S moves massive wind farm plan forward

ENERGY TECH
Speeding up the profitability of flat-roof solar installations

China launches US solar dumping probe

Renewable Resources Completes First Residential Solar PV Installation

US Solar Companies can Compete with China with a Bit of Innovation

ENERGY TECH
Japan, TEPCO accused of ignoring nuclear accident risks

Fukushima a 'Wake-Up Call' Seen for Sleeping US Nuclear Regulators

Japan's TEPCO gets go-ahead for power bill boost

Nuclear fears galvanise usually sedate Japan

ENERGY TECH
OriginOil Ships First Production System to Paris-Based Ennesys

Beating the fuel prices: Using yeast for economic production of bioethanol

The Future of Biomaterial Manufacturing: Spider Silk Production from Bacteria

New Cuban biodiesel looks to 'bellyache bush'

ENERGY TECH
Looking Forward to Shenzhou 10

Astronauts in good shape after return

Shenzhou mission sparks 'science fever'

China Beats Russia on Space Launches

ENERGY TECH
Generation X is surprisingly unconcerned about climate change

No end in sight for US drought: experts

Worst drought in five decades ravages US

Caution needed with new greenhouse gas emission standards




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement