Filipino Group Affirms Territorial Sovereignty in West Philippine Sea
Advocates for the preservation of territorial sovereignty and development of the West Philippine Sea (WPS) had a symbolic installation ceremony of the Philippine flag in Masinloc, Zambales on December 9, 2017. The event was the culmination of the outreach and medical mission program of the National Youth Movement for West Philippine Sea (NYMWPS).
Global Chair and founder Dr. Celia Lamkin said that the symbolic installation should send a message that the area which China continues to claim as theirs despite the Hague Tribunal ruling definitely belongs to the Philippines and that it should be respected. “We would like to remind the Filipinos that the West Philippine Sea is ours, and we should not give up that right,” Dr. Lamkin said.
The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea (NYMWPS) Officers, members , volunteers, Scarborough Shoal Fishermen and Community members of Baranggay Poblacion, Masinloc, Zambales, Philippines, had symbolic installation the Philippine Flag at the West Philippine Sea ( WPS) in Masinloc, Zambales, for the preservation of territorial sovereignty and development of the West Philippine Sea ( WPS).
Lamkin added that Filipinos should work together to call on our government to uphold such right for the benefit of the fishermen whose livelihood depends on the bounties of the seas. “Our fishermen have been continuously deprived of access to a territory that was ruled to be ours,” she said.
NYMWPS has been advised by the fishermen that they are still being bullied by Chinese fishermen backed up by the Chinese Coast Guard whenever they sail out to the area. “We are no match to their fishing vessels so they always get the bigger catch, yet we are still deprived with the small share that we are hoping to get from the area,” says one fisherman who opted to be anonymous.
Lamkin and her group are hoping that this development is the start of better things for the country’s claim to the West Philippine Sea. “Ultimately, the victory of our West Philippine Sea is the victory of every Filipino,” says Dr. Lamkin.