Duterte: PHL adheres to international law in sea row

Sunday, September 11th, 2016. Filed under: Philippine News
President Rodrigo Duterte joins other heads of states on stage during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos on September 6. (MNS photo)

President Rodrigo Duterte joins other heads of states on stage during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit at the National Convention Center in Vientiane, Laos on September 6. (MNS photo)

MANILA   (PNA) – President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines follows international law in the disputed West Philippine Sea, which is a portion of the South China Sea.

This was aired by Pres. Duterte during Wednesday’s ASEAN-China meeting in the ongoing 28th and 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit being held in Laos.

In a press conference, Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said the issue of the South China Sea was mentioned during the ASEAN-China Dialogue. “The Philippines has underlined the rule of law and adheres to international bodies that govern this,” he said.

On July 12, the Hague-based International Arbitral Tribunal decided in favor of the Philippines, saying that the nine-dash line claimed by China had no basis.

“International disputes should inspire us to work together with adherence to the rule of law and international governing bodies; put words into actions and be on the side of peace,” Secretary Andanar said.

“Our President wants to work on the side of peace. And if you want to work on the side of peace, you shake the hand of the person right next to you,” he added.

It may be recalled that during the observance of National Heroes Day last Aug. 29, President Duterte said ”the Chinese people this time might find a place in their hearts for the Filipino; I hope that you treat us as your brothers.”

In Laos, the PCO chief emphasized that “our country has been transparent with the backdoor dialogue between former President Fidel V. Ramos and China.”

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella for his part said bilateral meetings took place and were very fruitful. “The President has responded that he was aiming for a soft landing for all and that talks with China were still within the framework of the positive ruling that favored the Philippines,” the Palace mouthpiece said.

Regarding the bilateral meetings, Secretary Andanar said Cambodia welcomed the new neighborhood relations within ASEAN, while Thailand preferred not to allow overlapping maritime issues to affect overall relations.”

Both Palace officials further reported that “President Widodo of Indonesia said that there is a need to contribute peace in the ASEAN-China relations through maritime cooperation, and not allow the South China Sea issue to be the platform for power projection.”

They said, “While Singapore did not have any claims to the region but there were certain things that were pertinent to them and that is number one, rule of law in matters of settling disputes and freedom of navigation considering that particular area is important to Singapore in terms of international trade.”

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