The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday called on China to stop bullying the Philippines in Scarborough Shoal.
Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez made the call following reports that a Chinese surveillance ship harassed BRP EDSA on Saturday.
Hernandez said the reported incident made by China was a clear violation of international regulations and placed the Filipino crew in danger.
Meanwhile, no official communication has been received by the Philippines regarding the response of the Chinese government to settle the Scarborough Shoal standoff through arbitration.
Hernandez said the Philippine government is still waiting for a formal reply from China regarding its formal invitation to elevate the problem to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).
China's foreign affairs ministry website said the Chinese government turned down the invitation of the Philippines. It did not elaborate.
Hernandez, however, pointed out that the Philippine government remains open to any option to peacefully resolve the Scarborough Shoal standoff.
"The Philippines will continue to explore all the options under international law, specifically UNCLOS, to peacefully resolve the issue of the West Philippine Sea," Hernandez said.