MANILA - President Aquino is seeing the glass as half-full and thinks that a biting commentary against him published by a Chinese state run press agency bolstered the Philippine position on its territorial claim against China.
The President "thanked" the writer for calling him names, saying that it shows that China does not have sound basis for its claim over the South China Sea.
"Nagpapasalamat na lang ako sa Xinhua dahil parang nire-reaffirm ang validity ng ating mga posisyon. May kasabihan na 'pag di mo kaya sagutin ang isyu, mag-name calling ka na lang," Aquino said.
"Kung maganda... ang kanilang... mga dahilan na sumusuporta sa kanilang posisyon, kung ako sa kanila, 'yan ang gagamitin ko. Pero kung mauuwi na lang tayo sa pagtatawag, pag-iinsulto, parang hindi mo mapanindigan ang inyong mga binitiwang unang salita."
Xinhua writer Ming Jinwei described President Aquino as "an amateurish politician… ignorant both of history and reality."
This after Aquino drew parallelisms between the country’s maritime row with China and Czechoslovakia's predicament vis-a-vis threats of occupation by Adolf Hitler in the 1930s.
"Kung sinasadya niyang insultuhin ako, thank you sa 'yo dahil pinakita mong tama ang posisyon ng Pilipinas," Aquino said.
Meantime, Aquino welcomed a statement made by US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel expressing concern over China's nine-dash line claim over the South China Sea.
The President urged China to abide by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of which China is a signatory.
"Walang namilit na maging signatory ka d'yan. China and the Philippines are signatories of the same. And we're hoping that we all live up to the commitments expressed in treaties such as that," Aquino said.