Philippines is not affected by the recently released position paper of China regarding the arbitration case by Philippine government to solve maritime dispute in West Philippine Sea.
“We’ve noted the position that China has taken on. The matter of arbitration that has been filed by us, we note the positions that they have raised in their position paper,” Deputy Presidential Spokesman Abigail Valte said.
She added that Philippines has clearly expressed position on West Philippine Sea through “the memorial that we have submitted to the tribunal last March.”
Department of Foreign Affairs backed the Office of the President. DFA said that the government already answered the points raised by China in the memorial. “The Philippine position on these are stated in the Memorial it submitted to the Tribunal last March.”
In the said position paper, China said Philippines wants to “put political pressure on China, so as to deny China’s lawful rights in the South China Sea through the so-called “interpretation or application” of the Convention, and to pursue a resolution of the South China Sea issue on its own terms. This is certainly unacceptable to China.”