The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea organized a victory rally  in July 2016 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, the western Philippines that was attended by students,  community members and Kalayaan Island residents after the U.N. Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of the Philippines, saying that the nine-dash claim of China in the West Philippine Sea has no legal basis.

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(NYMWPS) — In response to China’s latest intrusion and aggression in the West Philippine Sea, the National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea, a peaceful transglobal organization that advocates for the Philippines’ territorial sovereignty and integrity, released the following position statement:

“We condemn the presence of the 220 Chinese militia vessels in the vicinity of the Julian Felipe Reef which is approximately 175 nautical miles west of Bataraza, Palawan, the Philippines, and is within its 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone as established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea or UNCLOS.

“It is the same convention that discredited the nine-dash line claim of the People's Republic of China on July 12, 2016. We fully expect the Philippine Department of National Defense  and the armed forces to faithfully perform their duly sworn duty to protect and preserve the sovereignty, sovereign rights and territorial integrity of the country.

“We further denounce the PRC’s statement that the Julian Felipe Reef is part of their Nansha District. Nansha District is the municipal district of Sansha, Hainan established on April 18, 2020 to  govern the bulk of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea which include the islands and reefs of the Kalayaan Islands (Spratly Islands), Scarborough Shoal or Panatag Shoal.

“History as well as the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague in the Netherlands have favored the Philippines against China’s nine-dash line claim in the West Philippine Sea/South China Sea. China’s claim has no legal basis at all. China has been consistent in its alibi of sheltering their fishermen on reefs belonging to the Philippines. China has also built artificial islands, and established military/ defense bases on the Panganiban or Mischief Reef and Zamora Reef or Subi Reef which rightfully belong to the Philippines.

“We, over and over, again would like to call on China to leave immediately!”

The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea renews its calls for China to respect international laws and Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea, said Saipan-based Dr. Celia Lamkin, the founder and global chairperson of the group.

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