The government made an assurance on Saturday that it would continue to protect the country’s interests and territory particularly with the dispute over the West Philippines Sea.
During a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Department of Foreign Affairs has already issued a note verbale protesting China’s new passport that contains map of the contested territory.
“The DFA will continue to be vigilant in ensuring that our interests are protected in the international forum, and we will continue to make the necessary representations to protect our territories,” Lacierda said.
China has enraged other claimant countries after releasing newly revised passports having a dashed map showing its claim on the West Philippine Sea.
China claims the West Philippine Sea in its entirety, though parts of the waters are also being claimed by Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
China's act of including the said map in its revised passports could be seen as a provocation as it would require other nations to endorse those claims by affixing their official seals to the documents.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said he sent a note verbale to the Chinese Embassy to strongly protest the image. According to Del Rosario, China is claiming an area that is clearly part of the Philippine territory and maritime domain. PND (as)