No intention to hurt Beijing

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Malacañang on Saturday reiterated that President Benigno Aquino 3rd didn’t want to hurt China after he likened the rising superpower to Nazi Germany.

Referring to the country’s’ claim over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the Philippine government is just standing up for the Filipino people’s rights.

“Obviously, it’s as expected as mentioned by the President and in terms of the dispute, alam naman nating — kumbaga magkaharap tayo diyan (we face each other),” Valte said on government-radio Radyo ng Bayan.

“We are on different sides of the disputes and ang sinabi nga ng Pangulo is hindi naman ho tayo, hindi po natin ginugustong manakit ng damdamin. Ngunit kailangan din po nating i-assert ang ating posisyon (as the President said, we don’t want to hurt their feelings, but we have to assert our position on the issue),” she added.


Valte made these statements after Aquino drew a parallel on Wednesday between China and Nazi Germany in a speech during his state visit to Japan.

Aquino also slammed China for claiming even more territory in the West Philippine Sea through reclamation activities.

Beijing replied it was “deeply shocked at, strongly dissatisfied with, and opposed to the absurd remarks made by the Philippine leader.”

Valte said the Philippines has done its best to ease the tension in the disputed waters, as Manila pursues a historic case against Beijing.

“We always act in our nation’s interest, first and foremost; and iyon po ang ating sinisentruhan at iyon po ang nagiging pundasyon ‘nung ating mga hakbang (that’s what we’re trying to zero on in and that’s the foundation of our moves),” she said.

The Philippines and China are in the middle of a territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea.

The Philippines filed a case with an international arbitral tribunal to stake its claim, while China continues its large scale reclamation activities in area, which is believed to be in preparation for building an airstrip on disputed territory.

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5 Comments

  1. abnormal kasi ang pamilyang ito. both mother and son…Mr. Pnoy pumunta ka dun sa china at humingi ka ng sorry or apology.. palagi na lang ganyan ang dialogue ng malacanang. Paano na lang kung wala kang kodigo na magspeech?? siguro baka bumigay ka na….

    • alvin stamaria on

      brod…………dapat lang magsalita ang leader ng pamahalaan natin…hindi na nga ginalang ang dapat na pag-aari natin hindi pa tayo kumikibo…..swerte lang ng China at mahina ang militar natin….dapat nga gayahin natin ang Vietnam…pumalag miltarily……kaya haun inalis ang iol rig sa bakod nila…..konting isip boying labro……

  2. This time i agree with P-NOY grab your balls and start arming our country wholesale not retail now,Fire crook Gazmin and his gang of thieves in the DND.

  3. During President Ferdinand Marcos time, China has a deep respect to our country.There was no territorial dispute happened .Why? Simply because, both leaders of Philippines and China had a good harmony relationship.And it was that time when China opened the door of Christianity through Mrs Imelda Marcos.

    And when the Aquino’s from mother to son got in power, they erased the good harmony relationship with China..as a result, ..kayo na ang magsabi…

    • sonny dela cruz on

      That is not my analysis, at the time of Marcos, China is still a weakling nation. They cannot do whatever they are doing now. China is a superpower in Asia because of the United States that built their strong economy without knowing their traits and culture. Who’s gonna stop China now, they don’t even respect the International law. In their mind there’s no law to follow. They will do whatever they want to do because they have the strength of a military might. That is what they believe in. MILITARY POWER.