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    Phl president: We’re not provoking China

    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Monday said the governments’ filing of a memorial or written argument with the United Nations arbitration court is meant to boost the country's claim on a part of the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and not to provoke China.
    The Philippines on Sunday filed a memorial before the Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) at The Hague in the Netherlands.
    The memorial opposes China’s 9-dash line territorial rule, which refers to the demarcation line used by China for its claim to the West Philippine Sea.
    The President explained that the filing of the memorial is the only option to defend the country's territory and sovereignty.
    “We are not here to challenge China, to provoke them into any action, but I do believe that they should recognize we have the right to defend our own interests,” President Aquino said.
    The President quoted the Constitution, Article 2, Section 7 on State Policies which says, “The state shall pursue an independent foreign policy and in its relations with other states, the paramount consideration shall be national sovereignty, territorial integrity, national interest, and the right to self-determination.”
    He further explained that the filing of the memorial is a peaceful and rules-based approach to address the issue.
    “We went through arbitration primarily because that is a means to resolve the dispute na consistent with the policy na peaceful, at saka in conformity with the international law,” Aquino said.
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