China urged PH to assure safety amid arrest of anti-Chinese ‘bombers’

“We hope and believe the Philippines side will take effective measures to ensure the security of the Chinese Embassy and its staff as well as all Chinese nationals residing in the Philippines,” Chinese embassy in the Philippines said after learning that failed bomb attack at NAIA 3 was plotted against China.

“According to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the host country is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of diplomatic missions against any intrusion or damage, and prevent any attack on diplomatic staff,” the embassy added.

Philippines Firebombs

Anti-Chinese individuals calling themselves United States Allied Freedom Fighters of the East. Photo by Associated Press

Philippine government said through foreign affairs spokesperson Charles Jose, “We believe these arrested people are misguided elements of an isolated plot. We are not concerned that this will [worsen].”

“We will explain to China in a note verbale and assure them that these are not official government policy to use violence in resolving the ongoing territorial dispute.”

Philippine military chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang said that this incident is more of a prank wanting to gain some attention. “I don’t think it’s a terror attack because these were just firecrackers.”

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