The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement today that they are taking appropriate diplomatic action necessary to protect Philippines’ claims over West Philippine Sea and will continue to do so in the future.
The statement was released amid reports that China has landed and launched H-6K aircraft, a nuclear strike capable strategic bomber, on an unspecified island in disputed waters.
The DFA said it is closely monitoring developments in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea in close coordination with other relevant departments and agencies.
“We reiterate our commitment to protect every single inch of our territory and areas which we have sovereign rights over,” DFA said.
“While appropriate language, whether expressions of condemnation or concern, over certain developments are clearly conveyed through diplomatic channels, it is not our policy to publicize every action taken by the Philippine Government whenever there are reported developments taking place in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea,” it added.
DFA said that the country has gained much under the Duterte Administration.
“Fighting for our rights under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and under our present stategy, we intend to achieve much more, including, but not limited to, an effective comprehensive Code of Conduct that will promote peace, cooperation, and stability in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea. Moving forward, we are taking a different approach to avoid any drawbacks and challenges,” it added.
“In professionally and prudently advancing our interests in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, we will always be guided by our patriotic duty to protect the Filipino people and defend our sovereignty,” DFA said.