THE Philippine government will stand by its memorial or complaint filed with the United Nations International Tribunal on the Laws of the Sea against China even if Beijing has rejected arbitration to settle a dispute over territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
In a news briefing on Monday, Malacañang deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said they took note of Beijing’s position and that it will be addressed by the Foreign Affairs department.
“We’ve noted the position that China has taken. The matter of arbitration that has been filed by us, we note the positions that they have raised in their position paper,” Valte added.
“However, we wish to remind everyone that the Philippine position is already clearly contained and reiterated in the memorial that we have submitted to the tribunal last March,” she said.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd is set fly to South Korea this week but Valte said it is not clear if he will bring up the sea dispute during his visit.
The President will join other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) leaders in Busan for the Asean-Republic of Korea 25th Anniversary Commemorative Summit December 11-12.