President Benigno Aquino III is maintaining with diplomacy in spite of the reclamation activities of China on Mabini Reef.
The president was asked for comment on this during a visit to San Carlos City.
"Baka imbes na parang mag-predict na tayo ng things that might happen, baka dapat ay trabahuhin na lang natin ‘yung mga kilos na ginagawa natin tulad ‘nung pagsusulong ng ASEAN ng Code of Conduct at saka ‘yung arbitration para nga magkaroon na ng liwanag: ano ba ang karapatan, ano ba ang obligasyon ng bawat isa, lalo na dito sa usapin tungkol sa teritoryo or sa exclusive economic zone?" Aquino said.
"At ‘pag naresolba ‘yon, e ‘di siguro naman mawawalan na ng hindi pagkakaunawaan dahil maliwanag na kung ano ang karapatan at ano ang obligasyon ng bawat panig," he added.
ASEAN made a united stand appealing for restraint, peace and rule of law in disputes in the South China Sea during the recently concluded ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Recently, Philippines signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the United States to provide US forces substantial access to Philippine bases, an act believed as a deterrent to China’s behavior.
Mabini Reef is in a disputed area of the South China Sea, claimed by the Philippines, China and Vietnam.
Reportedly, China is reclaiming land to construct an airstrip.