Philippine government committed to diplomatic track in dealing with China

The Philippine government will continue to use diplomatic track in attaining peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in West Philippine Sea. A track that gained support from international community including claimant Vietnam, but opposed by China.

“We have adopted the peaceful track. We have committed to pursuing our cause through recognized fora, and that we continue to adopt the rules-based approach,” Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said over state-owned Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.

“We are committed to sticking to the path that government has decided to take. So, again, we are exhausting, we are taking the diplomatic track, we are taking the legal track to address our issue in this particular case,” Valte adds.

It is expected that the arbitral tribunal under International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will come up with a decision within the first quarter of 2016.

US President Obama recently said “we think this can be solved diplomatically, but just because the Philippines or Vietnam are not as large as China doesn’t mean that they can just be elbowed aside.”