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Phl, China to settle rift based on int’l law
“The Philippine position is that anything on border disputes or maritime disputes must always be settled within the ambit of international law,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told reporters in a Palace media briefing Tuesday.
Valte said that stance or at least that position that the government has adopted does not mean that it relinquished any sovereign rights.
“In fact, that was precisely the reason why we submitted our Memorial to the arbitral tribunal," she added.
Valte said the dispute in the West Philippine Sea is just a part or a segment of that relationship, and we see no reason why other segments of that relationship cannot move.
She explained that both countries have always agreed that their relationship has always been multifaceted.
"Both sides reaffirmed commitment to move forward with other facets of our relationships, particularly on trade, tourism, transnational crimes, among others," Valte said.
She said President Benigno Aquino III also extended thanks to the Chinese side for their support for the typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) victims and also invited them to attend the World Economic Forum in May this year.
She also said the Philippine position is that anything on border disputes or maritime disputes must always be settled within the ambit of international law.
"Our direction has always been not to respond to provocative acts, the President has said as much," Valte said.
It can be recalled that the Philippine government last month filed a memorial before the United Nations tribunal in The Hague challenging China's claims over a part of the West Philippines Sea.