DFA chief prefers engaging China at UN General Assembly

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. agrees with Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio that the Philippine government should file protest against China for building a maritime rescue center in Kagitingan Reef in West Philippine Sea.

“Agree totally,” Secretary Locsin said reacting to statement of Justice Carpio saying “if a foreign country will say ‘we will use this as a rescue center’ which they should not do without our approval because that’s ours so we should protest.” 

However, Locsin said he prefers engaging China at the United Nations General Assembly. “I however preferred engaging them openly on the floor of the UN General Assembly,” he said. “Meanwhile asked Task Force for its real assessment of the situation.”

He also added that the Philippines has been filing protests against China’s activities in West Philippine Sea.

“SAJ Carpio, we’re doing that; 18 or 19 so far. No fanfare though; protest is intended for the Chinese not for hysterics in Manila who, sadly, are not foreigners but good God Filipinos so no need to CC (carbon copy) protest to them. It gets in the way of diplomacy,” Locsin said.