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Gov’t to continue using diplomatic approach in West PH Sea dispute

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 04:08 PM January 17, 2017
Philippines South China Sea

This July 20, 2011 file photo, captured through the window of a closed aircraft, shows an aerial view of Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines. AP File Photo/Pool

The Philippine government would continue to use a diplomatic approach in the West Philippine Sea dispute as it protests Beijing’s installation of antiaircraft and antimissile weapons on its man-made islands in the disputed sea.

“Aggressive and provocative diplomacy will bring us nowhere so we dealt with the issue formally,” Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Abela said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has sent a note verbale to China to protest its latest militarization of the disputed areas.

“We have issued a note verbale to China regarding the buildup of weapon systems in manmade islands in the South China Sea,” he said.

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The Palace official assured, “the Philippines will continue to assert its sovereignty over disputed territory in the South China Sea while remaining consistent with the efforts of President [Rodrigo] Duterte to revitalize longstanding ties with China.”

“As always, we shall staunchly support all efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region,” he said. RAM

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