MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Tuesday said a diplomatic protest against the establishment of China's Sansha City prefecture also covers other acts such as the reported election of a Sansha City mayor.
"My understanding is that all attendant acts from the establishment of the prefecture, if I am correct, are now covered by the diplomatic protest that was filed. Kasi it necessarily flows from the act of establishing that prefecture which is already the subject of the protest that was filed by the Department of Foreign Affairs,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
The Philippines has already filed a diplomatic protest against China’s establishment of Sansha City that claims jurisdiction over island groups in the South China Sea including the Nansha or Kalayaan Group of Islands.
Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said the note verbale was handed to Chinese Ambassador to Manila Ma Keqing.
A report on the Chinese government official website said the People's Republic of China has elected its first mayor in Sansha City.
Xiao Jie, 51, head of the Hainan Provincial Agriculture Department, was elected mayor in the first session of the first Sansha Municipal People's Congress held on Yongxing Island, the report said.
It said Xiao was also appointed secretary of the Sansha Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Fu Zhuang, 56, deputy director of Hainan Provincial Civil Air Defence Office, was elected director of the standing committee of Sansha Municipal People's Congress, the city's legislative body.
The legislative conference also elected three deputy mayors, head of the city's intermediate people's court and procuratorate. It also elected another five members of the standing committee of the Sansha Municipal People's Congress.