Palace to China on PH Island: ‘Get away from Kota’
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The Philippines has heightened its rhetoric against China, with Malacañang calling on Chinese vessels supposedly seen near the Philippine-owned Kota (Loaita) Island to “go away.” In a news briefing on Wednesday, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Chinese should go away from the Kota and Panata islands in the disputed South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) because “they cannot be intruding in our territorial property.” Panelo said China “had no business being there.”
Villanueva, R. U., & Reyes, D. (2019, April 11). Palace to China on PH Island: ‘Get away from Kota’. The Manila Times, pp. A1, A2.
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Territorial waters; Disputes; Governments; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP); Chinese Coast Guard; Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA); United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Western Command (Wescom); Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI); Panelo, Salvador; Factor, Elpidio; Duterte, Rodrigo; Poling, Gregory
- The Manila Times