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    ‘We’ll not give up West Philippine Sea’

    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III maintained that the Philippines will not give up its territories, which the The New York Times described as "among the strongest indications yet of alarm among Asian heads of state about China’s military buildup and territorial ambitions."
    In an interview early this week, Aquino told the The New York Times that the government is also seeking international support in contesting China's claims over the West Philippine Sea.
    The Philippines is among the Asian countries that have territorial disputes with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
    "If we say yes to something we believe is wrong now, what guarantee is there that the wrong will not be further exacerbated down the line? At what point do you say, ‘Enough is enough?’ Well, the world has to say it," The New York Times quoted Aquino as saying.
    During the interview, the President also said he is optimistic the Philippines and the United States are very close to an agreement that could enhance the Philippines' security.
    “We are very optimistic that will happen,” he said.

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