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PH filed diplomatic protest vs China over WPS militarization – Palace

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 05:02 PM May 31, 2018

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The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest against China over its continued militarization and reclamation in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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“Yes,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a text message when sought to confirm if the government has filed a protest against China.

Roque said the Philippine government protested the recent activities of China in the disputed sea, including the installation of missiles in the Spratly Islands.

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The protest was also lodged as Philippine military forces were harassed anew by Chinese forces  in Ayungin Shoal last May 11.

“Lahat as mentioned by SFA (Secretary of Foreign Affairs),” Roque said when asked if what were the particular incidents protested by the Philippines.

In a statement, he assured the public that “the President, who is the chief architect of the nation’s foreign policy, will not sit on our rights and will never give away even an inch of territory.”

“The current administration has acted on incidents which occurred in the disputed areas over the West Philippine Sea by taking diplomatic actions with China,” he said.

“Indeed, we will resort to all diplomatic initiatives when warranted but without fanfare,” he added. /muf

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