Palace: PHL cannot accept China’s nine-dash line concept

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

MALACANANG said on Wednesday that it cannot accept the People's Republic of China's nine-dash line concept, which seeks to demarcate Philippine territory in the West Philippine Sea to within 200 meters from shore.

In a press briefing in Malacanang, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said diplomacy and a rules-based approach is still the way to go when dealing with this international matter.

"The Nine-dash line is something we cannot accept. It's as simple as that. That's why we filed an arbitration case before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Seas (ITLOS)," Lacierda said.


"(Diplomacy) is a process that we will continue to exercise. It's putting on record the--our protest and putting on record their offense as we see it, as the Philippine government sees it. And so, again, this emphasizes the need for a rules-based approach to the situation in South China Sea," he added.

Lacierda pointed out that the nine-dash line concept does not conform to international law.

"So the long and short of our claim is that the nine-dash line does not--is not consistent with international law, is not consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea," Lacierda said. (Jun M. Sarmiento/Sunnex)

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