THE National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea has condemned the use of water cannons on Philippine supply vessels by three Chinese Coast Guard vessels on Nov. 16, 2021 in Ayungin Shoal

The group has adopted the following resolution signed by NYMWPS founder and global chair Dr. Celia Lamkin of the CNMI and Guam, and the group’s legal counsel, Ted Laguatan of California:

“WHEREAS, the AYUNGIN SHOAL, located 105NM West of the Mainland Palawan, is within the 200 Nautical Miles Exclusive Economic Zone of the Philippines as provided for by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS);

“WHEREAS, China, as a signatory of UNCLOS, continues not to abide by and recognize the UN Arbitral Tribunal Ruling on July 12, 2016 in favor of the Philippines that its nine-dash line claim in the South China Sea has no legal basis;

“WHEREAS, to assert and strengthen the Philippines’ sovereign rights in Ayungin Shoal, BRP Sierra Madre, an active Naval Ship, was purposely assigned to be the shelter of the Troops guarding the Philippine Territory;

“WHEREAS, a routine resupply mission has been sent to provide the needs of the soldiers assigned in Ayungin Shoal;

“WHEREAS, on November 16, 2021, during a routine reprovisioning by two (2) Philippine Vessels (PVs) where military men were on board in Ayungin shoal, three (3) Chinese Coast Guard Vessels used water cannons directed against the PVs intentionally to block the resupply mission;

“WHEREAS, blocking the reprovisioning resulted in the aborted mission of supply, and consequently deprive the basic human needs and survival of our heroic and brave military men at BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal, is a clear violation of human rights that is totally unexpected of any civilized and law-abiding country;

“WHEREAS, it is the mission of the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea’s to help preserve the Philippine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity;

“WHEREAS, further, one of the goals of the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea is to protect the rights and welfare of sectors in the West Philippine Sea such as the brave military men at BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal and the rest of Kalayaan Island Group (KIG);

“NOW, THEREFORE, upon the unanimous decision of the members and officers of the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea, in strong support and grateful recognition of the sacrifices of our soldiers in the Ayungin Shoal, it is hereby resolved that the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea expresses its condemnation in the strongest possible terms the inhumane and uncivilized behavior of the Chinese government in the use of water cannons with the most extreme and malicious intent against the Philippine Supply Vessels by three Chinese Coast Guard vessels on November 16, 2021 in Ayungin Shoal;

“AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be furnished to the National Task Force West for the West Philippine Sea and its Local Area Task Force, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Department of National Defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Command,  the Local Government of Kalayaan, Palawan, U.S. Department of National Defense, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. Arbitral Tribunal, the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines and all Philippine and international media outlets.”

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