President Benigno S. Aquino III is seeking support from India and other members of United Nations in reducing the tension in West Philippine Sea.
“He (President Aquino) sought the support of India and other United Nations member nations for the Philippines’ ‘proposal to reduce the rising level of tensions’ in the South China Sea, West Philippine Sea that was presented at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly last October,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told media after the 12th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India Summit held at Myanmar International Convention Centre November 12.
Aquino also cited the successful resolution of India and Bangladesh dispute in Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary as a good example where United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and its International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) provided “the most rational, just and right mechanism for countries to find harmony and understanding in the face of their differences”.
Philippine government chose to manage conflict with China through diplomatic and legal venues available. The government filed an arbitration case, however, China refused to cooperate.