“Basically we have protested – what has been described as militarization or the stationing of military hardware in the artificial islands,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque during the February 12 press conference in Malacañang.
“The Philippine government has consistently filed protest; and even during the term of President Duterte, we have filed protest,” he said.
The presidential spokesperson also promised to provide on February 15 the list of protests filed by the Philippines against China’s island building and alleged militarization in West Philippine Sea.
“I confirm, we have protested not only the building of the islands but also the alleged militarization of the islands and therefore contrary to claims of critics, we have long protested the military use of the artificial islands in the South China Sea,” he said.
“Now, contentious issues concerning the South China Seas are discussed in what is known as a Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea and the second meeting of this Philippine-China Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea will be held here in Manila tomorrow, February 13, 2018,” he added.
“The BCM, Bilateral Consultation Mechanism was established based on the joint statement issued after President Duterte’s landmark visit to China in October 2017,” he said.
“The BCM is conducted at the level of DFA Undersecretary and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister and is to be held once every 6 months,” he noted.