MANILA - Malacanang on Tuesday rebuffed China for its snide remarks about the recent sports matches between Philippine and Vietnamese troops on the Vietnamese-held island of Southwest Cay.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said: "We wish to gladly inform China that we just celebrated yesterday the 13th Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day and perhaps, instead of condemning the friendly games between the Philippines and Vietnam, China should focus on engaging the Philippines in friendly initiatives."
Over the weekend, the militaries of Vietnam and the Philippines engaged in friendly ball games amid simmering tensions with China over the South China Sea.
China has derided the games as a clumsy farce. China and the Philippines marked the 13th Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day Monday.