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Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose on Tuesday said the government will finalize its assessment as soon as possible.
“We are studying the new law and its implications,” Jose stressed.
The new law, which takes effect on Aug. 1, would increase military protection of Chinese offshore territories in the contested waters, in what appears to be a latest attempt by China to reinforce its hold on the South China Sea, which is rich in oil and natural gas.
Jose was quick to point out that the Philippines has “sovereignty and rights and jurisdiction over the West Philippine Sea,” a name adopted by the Philippines for parts of the South China Sea that are covered by its exclusive economic zone.
China says it has indisputable ownership of almost the entire waters despite protests from its smaller Asian neighbors like the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.