“This is actually not the right time to bring up disagreements over the South China/West Philippine Sea with both sides hot under the collar while a pissing contest is in full flower,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. said in a tweet on Monday, April 15.
However, Secretary Locsin said “swarming in unison” is definitely not traditional fishing under any definition.
He also said that “so far we’ve been ignored like we ignore their historical claim. It is a contest of ignoring each other’s claim. So far.”