Pangilinan: China’s ‘intimidation’ and 'retaliation' won’t deter Del Rosario, Morales in their fight for sovereignty

Sen. Francis Pangilinan  / photo from Inquirer

For opposition senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, what happened to former Foreign Affairs Chief Albert del Rosario in Hong Kong airport was a kind of “intimidation” and “retaliation” after pushing a case against China’s President Xi JinPing before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over crimes against humanity.

Earlier today, Del Rosario was denied entry to Hong Kong airport which is still part of China’s special administrative region.

Apparently, the same case also happened to his co-complainant – former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales last month.

“We said it before, we’ll say it again: This will not deter them from pursuing China at court. This will only strengthen their resolve as we continue to assert for our sovereign rights,” Pangilinan said in a statement.

Pangilinan also asked the Hong Kong authorities to give explanation as to why Del Rosario was held at the Hong Kong airport.

“After being held and questioned for six hours, former Sec. Del Rosario has now been denied entry to Hong Kong. The reasons remain unclear. They must answer to us: Why was a former top diplomat held, questioned, and barred entry at the Hong Kong airport?” he asked

“We call on the DFA to exhaust all diplomatic means to ensure Sec. Del Rosario’s safety and to help protect his rights while he is yet to arrive home,” the senator added

Meanwhile, Del Rosario’s camp said what happened was a clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations in 1961– the treaty that codifies rules of international law on diplomatic 
intercourse, privileges, and immunities.

The former DFA chief was set to attend the board and shareholders meeting of investment management and holding firm First Pacific Company Limited in Hong Kong.

In March, Del Rosario and Morales filed two cases against the Chinese president before the ICC court.

Source: Inquirer

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  1. Is the Indonesian's Salim group of companies, thru the dilawans, using the Recto Bank incident to stop a vital and strategic cooperation between the Philippines and China? In his recent article in the Manila Time, former ambassador and now journalist Rigoberto D. Tiglao thinks so.

    “On 20 November 2018, the Philippines and China signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) on oil & gas development that will pave way for the two governments to create an intergovernmental steering committee. The committee will endeavor to agree on cooperation agreements within 12 months of the signing of the MOU.”

    It looks to me that the recent Recto Bank incident will be used by the Yellows to stop such a cooperation. It may do well for Salim to tell his director (former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert) del Rosario to shut up already. 👊🤔🙄