The University of the Philippines Department of Journalism condemns the threatening military naval maneuver made by China against journalists at West Philippine Sea (image and ABS-CBN News tweets below will pixelate in a few seconds )

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University of the Philippines Department of Journalism

condemns the threatening naval military maneuver made  by China

against a Philippine civilian vessel chartered for news coverage by ABS-CBN

       The University of the Philippines Department of Journalism strongly condemns the threatening naval military maneuver made by China  against a Philippine civilian vessel chartered by ABS-CBN journalists within the Philippine exclusive economic zone. The reporters were lawfully performing their duties as journalists in the coverage of events. Whether or not China was aware of the presence of the ABS-CBN crew on coverage, the unprovoked threat of the use of force against an unarmed civilian vessel is prohibited under the United Nations Charter and customary international law.

       As fully documented by the news video footage and the account of the reporters:  Two fully armed and missile-equipped “People’s Liberation Army Navy” of China of the Houbei ship class capable of killing all the passengers and crew of the ABS-CBN-chartered vessel, flanked the ABS-CBN journalists on both sides – in what seemed to be preparatory to a pincer movement military maneuver designed to attack a target on both sides. This had been preceded by verbal threats and a chase by the Chinese Coast Guard of the civilian vessel chartered for news coverage by ABS-CBN.     

       The ABS-CBN crew was subjected to this threatening naval military maneuver by China at 90 nautical miles off the coast of Palawan while the journalists  were on their way back to Palawan after an attempt to go to  Ayungin shoal to interview Philippine forces stationed at Ayungin. It arises from the illegal claim of China that they own the vast portion of the West Philippine Sea – an illegitimate claim that has been decided against China and in favor of the Philippines in the international law case  Philippines vs. China, PCA Case Nº 2013-19, Permanent Court Arbitration (2016), applying the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.    

         We call on the Department of Foreign Affairs to file a diplomatic protest condemning in no uncertain terms the unprovoked threatening naval military maneuver made  by the PLA Navy of China against a Philippine civilian vessel within the Philippine EEZ and while said Philippine vessel was already headed for Palawan.

     We call on all news media organizations worldwide to provide full, contextualized coverage of the massive military buildup in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as part of our first duty as journalists to  “ be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information” (2014 Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics) – a duty that transcends borders and meridian boundaries.

          Approved and signed by the Faculty of the University of the Philippines Department of Journalism,  10 April 2021.

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