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Ex-DFA chief on note verbale to China: Better late than never

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 08:50 AM April 02, 2019

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The filing of a diplomatic protest or a note verbale against China over the presence of hundreds of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea is “coming a little too late” but it is “better late than never,” former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Tuesday.

“I think the note verbale is a good first step,” Del Rosario said in an interview over ABS CBN News Channel.

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“I don’t know how long this condition has been existing but on the basis of our observation, I think it’s coming a little bit too late, but nevertheless, better late than never,” he added.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s earlier said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) already filed a diplomatic protest against China, citing a statement from the military. /cbb

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