2nd Virtual West Philippine Sea Forum on Saturday

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(Press Release) — The National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea or NYMWPS, a peaceful transglobal group that advocates for the preservation of Philippines;  territorial sovereignty and integrity, would like to invite members of the public to its 2nd Virtual West Philippine Sea Forum on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Manila time or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Marianas time.

Dr. Celia Lamkin, NYMWPS founder and global chairperson  and the organizer of the virtual  forum, said its theme is “Militarization of China’s Artificial Islands in the West Philippine Sea: Its Environmental Effects in the Philippines and the Rest of the World.”

The guest speakers are:

  • Dr. Jay Batongbacal

Executive Director, Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea

Executive Associate Dean, University of the Philippines College of Law, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

  • Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista, (Retired)

The  44th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Former  Executive Director of the National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea

Former Undersecretary of the Cabinet Cluster on Security, Justice, and Peace at the Office of the President of the Philippines.

The panelists for the Open Forum are the following:

  • Capt. Carl O. Schuster, USN (Retired)

Professor, Diplomacy and Military Science Program of Hawaii Pacific University and Defense consultant.

Former Director of Operations , U.S. Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Capt. Caruso Mario Antonio Tagal

Former Military Pilot, Philippine Air Force

Retired Airline Pilot, Philippine Air Lines

Former Chief Pilot, Pan Pacific Airlines

  • Capt. Edgar Diamante

Former Military Pilot, Philippine Air Force

Retired Airline Pilot, Philippine Air Lines

  • Attorney Viet Hoang

Associate Professor/ Law Lecturer

Ho Chi Minh City University of Law

Expert on International Law and Law of the Sea

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Attorney Miku Lagarde

Former Professor and Lecturer on International Law

UNCLOS, EDCA, Mutual Defense Treaty, VFA, former Philippine-U.S. Military Bases Agreements

De La Salle University, Manila

Former Court Attorney V, Supreme Court of the Philippines

The virtual forum via zoom webinar will be streamed live at the NYMWPS FB page @NationalYouthMovementfortheWestPhilippinesSea

To register, e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit NYMWPS website at or fill out the form in the link below:

Since there are only 100 people who can be accommodated at the Zoom webinar, you can also watch the virtual forum on the NYMWPS Facebook page or on the NYMWPS YouTube channel at I Am NYMWPS.

The deadline for registration will be on Friday, October 23, 2020, at 3 p.m. Manila time or 5 p.m. Marianas time. If you have questions, please include them when you register for the Zoom webinar.


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