MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday disputed China’s claim that the Philippines is “exaggerating” the threat it supposedly poses in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
“The Philippines makes it a point to be very objective and to be very accurate when it comes to the facts that we present, that our positions are based on… It is not to our interest to exaggerate any incident or to make any incident bigger than it actually is because, as far as we were concerned, we only proceed upon the facts,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on government-run dzRB radio.
“How it is perceived by other people outside is something that is not in government’s control,” she added.
On Friday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi China’s was quoted as saying “someone has been exaggerating or even playing up the so-called tension in the South China Sea.”
President Benigno Aquino III said in April that China’s reclamation activities in the South China Sea should be seen as a global problem because it could affect the flow of goods through shipping lanes there.