PH former cabinet secretary: China’s claim is ‘fairytale’, ‘fiction’ – international community is disappointed

“Their claim of the South China Sea is very fallacious there is no factual basis for it. I call it a fairy tale,” Former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan III said during Armed Forces of the Philippines Social Media Summit in Camp Aguinaldo.

“I attended recently the Shangrila dialogue in Singapore which is an annual conference of national security experts and we came away very very concerned and disappointed with the behavior of China,” Alunan revealed.

“Instead of using that forum to engage in preventive diplomacy, they were very very arrogant and were talking down to all the countries,” the former cabinet member added.

“We can engage China immediately in legal, diplomatic and information arenas because we hold a moral high ground. We have a law on our side. We have a history on our side.”

“There’s nothing China is holding on to except the fiction that they own the South China Sea and nobody believes them.”

“All we can do in social media is to just keep on dishing out the truth, whatever legal issues surrounding the claim of China can be countered by us and we’ve done so,” Alunan advised.

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