“In my view, what they are doing now, this is all seemingly in violation of what we agreed in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea,” President Aquino said commenting on China’s activities in Mabini Reef. China is suspected to be building an airstrip in the said reef inside Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone.
“So meron ditong probisyon at parang pinag-uusapan nga na hindi nag-i-introduce ng mga bagong facilities, na hindi – walang changes until matapos nga ‘yung territorial disputes,” PNoy said.
A provision in the declaration says, “The Parties undertake to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes, and affect peace and stability including, among others, refraining from action of inhabiting on the presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, cays, and other features and to handle their differences in a constructive manner.”
Aquino raised the need of “Code of Conduct that would stop these actions that have a potential of causing violence and unrest.”
China previously stated that they are respecting and upholding the DOC. “China is ready to press ahead with the comprehensive and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) together with ASEAN countries, so as to safeguard peace and stability of the region. China also hopes that relevant ASEAN countries can earnestly respect and implement the DOC and make positive contributions to peace, stability and maritime security in the South China Sea.”
DOC of parties in South China Sea was signed last November 4, 2002 by ASEAN countries and China in Phnom Penh, the Kingdom of Cambodia.