“We’ve taken a position of not responding to provocative action,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press conference.
Valte iterated that the country is committed to pursue peaceful means to resolve disputes. Philippines has an arbitration case filed in the United Nations tribunal in The Hague against China’s nine-dash line policy claiming almost the entire South China Sea including the West Philippine Sea.
Philippines won’t respond using military force in the wake of China’s reclamation activities in Spratly Islands, said Malacanang. The government will just document developments in disputed areas and use all diplomatic resorts which are internationally accepted.
China, on the other hand, again said any reclamation activity in West Philippine Sea “falls within China’s sovereignty and has nothing to do with the Philippines.”
“China exercises indisputable sovereignty on the Nansha Islands and the adjacent waters,” Hong Lei said in a press briefing.