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Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

Carpio fears PHL’s silence in sea row with China maybe construed as consent

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Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio warned that failure on the part of the Philippine government to formally protest China’s deployment of bomber aircraft in the West Philippine Sea maybe construed as an implied consent to militarize the tension-filled region.

Also, Carpio feared that Chinese aircraft could use any or all of the three major islands in Spratly – Mischief Reef, Subi Reef and Fiery Cross Reef.

Carpio issued the statement following reports that China recently landed a H-6K long range bomber capable of carrying nuclear warheads on Woody Island.

“Failure to formally protest means the Philippines is acquiescing or consenting to the militarization, and worse, to the claim of China that all the islands, waters and resources within the nine-dashed line form part of Chinese territory,” Carpio said.

Also, he stressed that a formal protest will re-assert the Philippines’ sovereignty over Fiery Cross Reef, which China transformed into a fortified airbase.

“China’s construction of huge air and naval bases, and now the introduction of nuclear-armed strategic bombers, are all designed to intimidate into submission other claimant states, including the Philippines, to accept the nine-dashed line as China’s national boundary in the South China Sea,” Carpio said.

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