PH government asserts sovereignty, ensures safety of its people

Philippine government already filed several diplomatic protests to the Chinese goverment but did not get any positive feedback. China insists it has undisputable sovereignty virtually over all of South China Sea.

“We have filed a diplomatic protest. It’s not a question of whether they will heed the diplomatic protest. What is important is that the Philippine government continues to assert its right against its neighbors,” Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

Malacañang also noted that bilateral talk is not an option to solve West Philippine Sea maritime spat. “The Philippine government will not cease in filing and availing itself of the legal and diplomatic means in resolving this dispute,” Lacierda added.

“We have availed ourselves of the diplomatic and arbitration channels in resolving this dispute with China.”

“We cannot have a bilateral discussion with them because it’s a dispute that involves more than two parties,” Lacierda explained.

“We are cognizant of the situation in the West Philippine Sea and we will take measures to ensure the safety of our Filipino brethren.”

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