Malacanang tells China: PH sovereignty is 'non-negotiable'

Malacanang tells China: PH sovereignty is 'non-negotiable'

This is a different kind of Philippines with respect to its relationship with the Asian giant that is China.
Malacanang recently made an announcement that the Philippines’ sovereignty is "non-negotiable" even as the country under the current administration pursues friendly ties with China.
Manila is “kind” to Beijing in terms of diplomacy but would not hesitate to assert its sovereignty, Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo told reporters in Malacanang.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last week has called out China to "lay off Pag-Asa island" this was after the reports came in the around 600 Chinese vessels are circling the Philippine held territoty. (photo credit to owner)

“We are kind in the sense that we are courteous to them but with respect to sovereignty issue, ibang usapan na 'yon (that’s a different issue). We have to assert our sovereignty,” Panelo said.
Mediamen further asked the presidential spokesperson whether or not Manila will be open to the idea of compromise with China over  the presence of Beijing’s vessels in Manila’s waters, Panelo responded: “It’s non-negotiable.”
As for the department of Foreign Affairs, its secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. just stated that it has filed a “salvo” of diplomatic notes to China over the presence Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea, last week.
Next month President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be attending the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, according to Panelo, and the presence of Chinese vessels maybe discussed b Duterte with his counterpart Chinese President Xi Jinnping.
Atty. Panelo added that China “should tell us exactly why they are there and what are they doing there in the first place.”
If Chinese vessels continue to stay in Philippine territory, Panelo said it would be considered an "assault" to Philippine sovereignty.

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