Asking US support against Chinese presence in Pag-asa needs serious study: Panelo

Deciding whether the Philippines will ask assistance from United States regarding China’s presence in waters near Pag-asa Island need serious study, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on April 16.

“We’ll wait for the President’s decision on that. These are very serious matters, and require serious study,” Panelo said when asked regarding the possibility of asking US help on issue of China’s continued presence in Pag-asa.

He also said that the Philippine government is still waiting for the official response of Chinese government on the note verbale, “then act on it one way or the other.”