From the Philippine News Agency (Nov 14): PHL to welcome US support for resolving West Philippine Sea issue
Any US backing calling for the adherence to the rule of law in resolving the
West Philippine Sea dispute would be a great help for the Philippine advocacy in
resolving the dispute peacefully, a foreign affairs official said on Wednesday.
In a media briefing in Malacanang on President Benigno Aquino III’s
attendance to the 21st ASEAN Summit in Cambodia, Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul
Hernandez said the help of US President Barack Obama for the peaceful resolution
of the issue would be a welcome development for the ASEAN and the Philippines.
“Being one of the dialogue partners, it would enhance the relationship
between the US and ASEAN and I think the focus is really on ASEAN and its
relationship with the United States,” Hernandez said.
“Whatever help the dialogue partners — including the US — (can give) in
trying to pursue a peaceful settlement of issues in the West Philippine Sea, in
accordance with the international law particularly the UN Convention on the Law
of the Sea, would be a great help to our advocacy,” he said....