Malacañang on Tuesday brushed aside a Chinese Foreign Ministry official’s criticism of the airing of a Philippine government-produced documentary on a territorial dispute between the two countries.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the three-part documentary “Karapatan sa Dagat” is not targeted at China as it only seeks to inform Filipinos about the sea row between the two countries.
“We aim to create greater awareness about the historical, legal and economic aspects of the issues pertaining to the WPS [West Philippine Sea]. A well informed citizenry will be able to make enlightened choices and decisions,” Coloma told reporters.
Other countries refer to WPS as South China Sea.
“The documentary is aimed primarily [at]our citizens. We cannot and do not expect others to agree with contents and manner of presentation,” Coloma said.
On Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said they were “strongly dissatisfied with the groundless criticism by the Philippine documentary, which ignores the facts and confuses right and wrong.”
“By misleading and deceiving the public, the Philippines plots to gain sympathies and play the victim,” Hua added.
She said the Philippine government is “hyping up” the sea dispute and fueling a confrontation between Chinese and Filipinos.