NYMWPS urges Philippine President to uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity
By Dr. Celia Lamkin, MD
NYMWPS Founder and Global chair
October 17, 2016
This call to action is appropriately highlighted with his planned visit to China, and in relation to his prior pronouncements with regard to the West Philippine Sea after the United Nations (UN) Arbitral Tribunal decision. NYMWPS requests President Duterte to be careful with his statements when it concerns the West Philippine Sea, and to be mindful that whatever statements made would have adverse implications on our territorial claims.
NYMWPS expresses great concern that China wanted the Philippines to concede its sovereignty and enter into a joint development with China in return. This is very alarming because agreeing to this arrangement would mean setting aside the territorial claim which the Philippines have fought hard for and which has been upheld by the UN Arbitral Tribunal decision.
Relative to this, the group urges the President to ask China to stop the massive reclamation being done in the West Philippine Sea which has caused severe and permanent damage to the coral reef environment and the ecosystems and habitat of depleted, threatened and endangered species in the area.
Correspondingly, NYMWPS wants the government to assert our territorial integrity on behalf of all the fishermen who are continued to be deprived of their right to harvest the bounties of the territory that was affirmed to belong to them.
The NYMWPS has the following MISSION AND GOALS:
We, the Filipino youth, recognize our duty to uphold the territorial integrity of the Republic of the Philippines, cognizant to the importance of the West Philippine Sea to our national progress, and to establish a Movement that shall embody our collective ideals and objectives as follows:
1. To assert the position of the Filipino youth that fully recognizes the indisputable sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of the Philippines over its claims in the West Philippine Sea in conformity with the international law.
2. To instill the values of patriotism to the Filipino youth as well as to rekindle their national spirit.
3. To effectively educate the youth on the West Philippine Sea and raise awareness on its socioeconomic and political importance to the nation.
4. To enable the youth to participate in activities that shall protect the marine resources in the West Philippine Sea as well as to protect the rights and welfare of other sectors in the West Philippine Sea such as those in Pag-Asa Island and other Kalayaan Group of Islands ( Spratlys), Palawan and the Scarborough Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc, Masinloc, Zambalez.
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