The government is studying the implications of a new Chinese law that will bolster Chinese military enforcement over the disputed South China Sea where the
Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said on Tuesday the government will finalize its assessment as soon as possible.
“We are studying the new law and its implications,” Jose stressed.
The new law, which takes effect on Aug. 1, would increase military protection of Chinese offshore territories in the contested waters, in what is seen as a latest attempt by
Jose was quick to point out that the Philippines has “sovereignty and rights and jurisdiction over the West Philippine Sea,” a name adopted by the Philippines for parts of the South China Sea that are covered by its exclusive economic zone.