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    Phl: We’ll resolve sea disputes peacefully

    PRESIDENTIAL Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Tuesday said the Philippine government is firm in finding a peaceful solution in the territorial disputes over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
    Coloma was reacting on the statement of Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying rejecting the Philippine government's pending proposal for a moratorium on construction efforts in the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.
    He said that whatever others are saying, the government will remain calm and will not be affected by issues.
    "We prefer to focus on diplomatic, political, and legal options that lead the way towards the peaceful settlement of disputes," he said.
    Coloma stressed the government is doing what is deemed necessary to be able to continue asserting Philippine sovereignty in the disputed areas.
    He noted that the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is assisting the BFAR (Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources) and they are conducting regular trips in all the waters of the Philippine archipelago.
    "So these activities continue and are not affected by the concerns on the issues pertaining to disputes in the West Philippine Sea," Coloma said.
    He added that as explained by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, the Philippines is encouraging its ASEAN (Associate of Southeast Asian Nations) allies to pursue in earnest the fleshing out of the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea.
    "We are calling on a moratorium on actions that contradict the principles of the Declaration on the Code of Conduct that have already been previously agreed upon in ASEAN," Coloma said.
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