MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines sent another note verbale to the Chinese embassy amid a reported plan to board and inspect ships entering the West Philippine Sea.
In a press conference, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Raul Hernandez said the Philippine government strongly protested the implementation of the new policy, which will reportedly take effect in January 2013.
"It will create more tension in the West Philippine Sea," Hernandez said.
Earlier, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said China’s action, if true, is “a gross violation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DoC), international law, particularly UNCLOS, and a direct threat to the entire international community.”
“If media reports are accurate, this planned action by China is illegal and will validate the continuous and repeated pronouncements by the Philippines that China's claim of indisputable sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea is not only an excessive claim but a threat to all countries,” the DFA said.