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PH awaits US official policy

/ 12:58 AM January 13, 2017
Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. AP

Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. AP

Malacañang on Thursday said the statement of US President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, that China should be denied access to the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, should be respected.

“The remarks of Mr. Rex Tillerson during his confirmation hearing before the US Senate foreign relations committee reflect his personal beliefs and should be respected,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

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Andanar said the Duterte administration would wait for the official policy statements from the incoming Trump administration.

“The reasonable response is to wait and see what the new administration’s policy pronouncements would be,” he said.

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Andanar said the Philippine government remained committed to maintaining peace in the Southeast Asian region.

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