DFA not aware of China's 'new model' pact for Ayungin Shoal

DFA not aware of China’s ‘new model’ pact for Ayungin Shoal

By: - Reporter / @FArgosinoINQ
/ 10:38 PM May 05, 2024

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has embarked on an official three-day visit to Manila to promote close bilateral ties of the Philippines and Lithuania and discuss international issues of mutual concern.


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday that it is not aware of the agreement between the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command and Chinese authorities on a “new model” for Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.

Based on previous reports, this “new model,” allegedly approved by the Department of National Defense officials and the National Security Advisor, aims to manage the tensions in the shoal.


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“The DFA is not aware of any ‘new model’ arrangement being referred to by the Chinese Embassy with regard to Ayungin Shoal,” the agency said in a statement.

“The DEA reiterates its firm position that the Philippines has not entered into any agreement abandoning its sovereign rights and jurisdiction over its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, including on the Ayungin Shoal,” the statement added.

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Highest level of government

The DFA likewise highlighted that such agreements or arrangements would only be entered by those authorized by the highest level of government.

It also pointed out that the denial of the national defense secretary and national security adviser showed the “untruthfulness of China’s narrative.”


“China should desist from disseminating such disinformation or insinuations against Philippine officials, which create confusion among the Filipino public and distract from the real issues created by China’s unfounded claims and illegal and aggressive actions in our waters,” the DFA said.

“The Philippines has been earnest in seeking ways to reduce tensions with China through established diplomatic channels. If China is serious about properly managing the differences at sea, we urge China to favorably consider the standing Philippine invitation to convene the next meeting of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea as soon as possible,” it added.

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