Filipino unity on issue of West Philippine Sea lauded

Unified citizenry among Filipinos on the issue of West Philippine Sea dispute was lauded. “A unified citizenry is needed in terms of asserting our national position on the need to respect our maritime entitlements, ayon doon sa international law, ang UN (United Nations) Convention on the Law of the Sea,” state-media PNA quoted Presidential Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. as saying in a radio interview today.

An independent fact tank. Pew Global Center’s Spring 2015 Global Attitudes Survey showed that 91 percent of Filipinos are concerned with the ongoing territorial disputes with China, while Vietnamese (83%), Japanese (83%) and South Korea 78% are among the most troubled by territorial frictions with China. Among the 91% of surveyed Filipinos who expressed concern over territorial disputes with China, 56% are very concerned and 35% are somewhat concerned.

“Kaya para sa atin, ito ay isang positibong development — ang kakitaan natin ng mataas na kamalayan at kamulatan ang ating mga mamamayan,” Secretary Coloma added.

Coloma noted that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in cooperation with the Philippine Information Agency, has been holding regional and provincial information fora. The DFA is using the three-part documentary produce by the government regarding the West Philippine Sea.

Aside from the government’s effort, movements initiated by private citizens and non-government organizations like the ‘Kalayaan ATIN ITO’ are touring around the country to increase people’s patriotism and awareness on the said issue.