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The Philippines will make a statement regarding China’s behavior in the South China Sea at the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Indonesia next week, an official from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

At a Palace press briefing, DFA Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs Daniel Espiritu was asked if the Philippines would push for a statement regarding the recent incident at the Ayungin Shoal and China’s publication of a new map that places nearly the entire South China Sea within its territory.

“The Philippines is definitely pushing for a statement in that regard, but of course I cannot give you the final text yet because it’s still being negotiated,” Espiritu said. 

“I cannot say; there are ten countries…there are external partners involved, and it only takes one to object and you lose consensus. So I cannot predict at this point,” he said. 

Asked if it would be a form of condemnation, Espiritu said, “Well we are saying something in that regard… not exactly the word condemnation but to that effect.”  (Click here to read more…)