Palace to Beijing: What exaggeration? Facts speak for themselves


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has been presenting nothing but facts to reveal China’s massive reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), and it is up to the global community to determine its implications on the security of the region, Malacañang stressed yesterday.

China’s Foreign Ministry accused the Philippines of working together with the United States to “exaggerate the China threat” in the South China Sea.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the government was far from exaggerating, as the “Philippines makes it a point to be very objective and to be very accurate” in presenting facts that forms the basis of the country’s position vis-à-vis the sea row.

“It is not to our interest to exaggerate any incident or to make any incident bigger than it actually is because, as far as we are concerned, we only proceed on the facts. How it is perceived by other people outside is something that is not in government’s control,” Valte said.

On Friday, Valte noted the serious concern of the US over freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea amid China’s actions that, given its implications, President Aquino branded as a “global problem.”

Valte said the concern was being shared not just by the US and claimant-countries but by other responsible members of the international community as well.

“Other issues at stake include the unimpeded flow of commerce and the region’s marine environment,” Valte said.

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