Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said Friday, “We lodged the diplomatic protest [against China’s reclamation on Kennan (Hughes) Reef] last week.”
According to DFA, additional protest will be filed if reclamations in two more reefs are confirmed.
As of posting time, there are known reclamations and Chinese ships movements in five reefs in the West Philippines Sea. Included in the list are Mabini reef, Kennan reef, Calderon reef, Burgos reef, and Malvar reef.
“Apparently they are very aggressive in pursuing their expansion in the West Philippine Sea and, obviously, these steps are designed to advance the theory of their nine-dash line,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
According to report, these activities of China is in part of establishing an air defense identification zone in South China Sea. China claims virtually the entire SCS including WPS. As always, Chinese government says that their activities in Spratly Islands and relevant waters are entirely in accordance with their sovereignty.