Malacañang on Saturday shook off China”s claim therally by activists in front of the Chinese consular office inMakati City Friday may escalate and complicate the row between thePhilippines and China in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Philippinegovernment had been very categorical that it will pursue adiplomatic tack to the problem and not escalate tension. “We hope our Chinese friends will not take this as aprovocative action on the part of the Philippine government. This[protest] is a private initiative by private citizens,” shesaid on government-run dzRB radio. She added the Philippine side had been taking steps to de-escalatethe tension and continue to pursue diplomatic solution to thesituation. Industrial Keyboard With Touchpad
On the other hand, she said she cannot understand why the Chineseside finds it “weird” to take the matter tointernational arbitration. She said the Chinese side has not been receptive to efforts tobring the matter to the International Tribunal for the Law of theSea (ITLOS). “I don”t know why that word was used to describe thegoing to ITLOS,” she said but declined to elaborate. Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei saidFriday”s rally could complicate the standoff as he maintainedHuangyan Island, the name China uses to refer to the disputedshoal, is an inherent part of Chinese territory. “(I)t is a false move for the Philippine side to incite theanti-China protest, which will escalate and complicate the currentsituation,” an article posted early Saturday on the Chinesegovernment”s web portal quoted Hong as saying. Metal Numeric Keypad Manufacturer
On Friday, activists from a group allied with President BenignoAquino III and Chinese Filipinos based in the Philippines staged arally in Makati to score China”s “bullying” inthe shoal. The disputed marine area is only 124 nautical miles off Zambales inthe western part of Luzon and 472 nautical miles from China”ssouthern Hainan province. ” Pakiusap natin sa kanila, while hindi yan mapigilan because thefreedom of expression and peaceful assembly is enshrined in theConstitution, nakiusap tayo sa kanila sa kanila na maging mapaypaang kilos-protesta, ” Valte said. (We told the organizers that while we cannot stop them from theirprotests because freedom of expression is enshrined in theConstitution, we asked them to keep the rally peaceful). The row started in April when Philippine military forces spottedChinese fishermen gathering marine species in the area. Industrial Pointing Device
But before the crew of a Philippine Navy ship could make arrests,Chinese vessels blocked its path. On Friday, China expressed anew its concern over the security ofits citizens in the Philippines and voiced hopes the Philippineswill refrain from actions that will escalate tensions. Meanwhile, Valte reassured the Catholic bishops of the Philippinesthe government is doing everything it can to ease the tension. ” Ang ginagawa natin (what we are doing) is we are not encouraging any provocative actnor are we engaging in such,” she said. — LBG, GMA News.