A government official on Tuesday said China is aggravating the Scarborough Shoal situation, adding that Philippines will not lay down its claim on the disputed territory.
Assistant Secretary and spokesman Raul Hernandez of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued the statement after the Philippine government filed its first diplomatic protest before the Chinese Embassy in Manila.
Hernandez said that despite being "cold" of China in connection with the protest the Philippines has filed, DFA is still not losing hope that the standoff between the two countries in the Scarborough Shoal would be resolved in a peaceful way.
In an interview with a radio station in Manila, Raul Hernandez reiterated that the Philippine government will advance its position on the disputed territory.
It can be recalled that no agreements were reached between Foreign Affairs Acting Secretary Erlinda Basilio and Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing after their closed door meeting Monday.
"To us, efforts will continue for a diplomatic solution. China, on the other hand, is aggravating the situation by harassing our ships,” Hernandez said.
Meanwhile, Hernandez also confirmed that the Philippine government has filed another diplomatic protest against China for harassing a Philippine registered vessel while conducting archaeological research in the Bajo de Masinloc or Scarborough Shoal.
"We filed a diplomatic protest due to threats made to a ship registered in the Philippines who conducts reasearch in the area."