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President Aquino firm with diplomacy on Mabini Reef


 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.

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