Filipinos in China safe amid WPS tension — PH Embassy:

filipinos in china safe amid wps tension — ph embassy:

Fisherfolk from Zambales, along with Alyansa Bantay Kapayapaan at Demokrasya, wave a Philippine flag during a fluvial parade in the West Philippine Sea in Candelaria, Zambales, on Saturday, May 11, 2024, to express their condemnation of the harassment by the Chinese Coast Guard of Filipino fishermen. PHOTOS BY ISMAEL DE JUAN

MANILA, Philippines — Amid the escalating tension in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), the Philippine Embassy in Beijing reported that it has not received any reports of Filipinos being harassed in China.

"Despite the challenging circumstances, we have not received any reports of Filipinos being harassed in China. Here at the Philippine Embassy, we occasionally receive hate emails from unnamed Chinese citizens. However, the Filipino community, true to their resilient spirit, remains unaffected. We stand strong and united," Minister and Consul General Arnel Talisayon said at a Commission on Appointments (CA) hearing when asked by Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa if there were reports of harassment against Filipinos in China amid the tensions in the WPS.

Dela Rosa, a member of the CA foreign affairs committee, also asked Chief of Mission Class II Noel Novicio, Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York to share his views on resolving the WPS issue.

"Do we still have an option regarding the West Philippine Sea dispute? If ever there is, can you share it with the committee?" Dela Rosa said while deliberating on the ad interim appointment of Novicio.

"We have done everything. Do we still have an option other than what we have done? Do you have any idea that we can use so that somehow we can see a glimmer of hope when it comes to our situation in the West Philippine Sea," the senator asked.

In response, Novicio said diplomacy should always be an option regarding the West Philippine Sea issue.

"We have the 2016 arbitral award as a foundation of any diplomatic initiative we undertake with all the claimants in the West Philippine Sea. Diplomacy should be at the table always. It is better to have a thousand days of negotiation than a single day of war," Novicio said.

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