Statement on alleged audio recording between a Chinese diplomat and a ranking military general

Claims on the alleged “new model” arrangement to ease tension in the West Philippine Sea are nothing but another apparent disinformation campaign by the Chinese government. China’s claim is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. We will not be swayed by falsehoods. Their recent assertions are nothing more than a trap, designed to divert attention from their unfounded claims and aggressive actions. Ayungin Shoal is an integral part of our exclusive economic zone and this has been already upheld by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague in 2016. To our brave servicemen and women, I say this: Remain loyal to the flag that represents our nation’s sovereignty. Be vigilant against any underhanded tactics that may weaken our position. We must stand united in defense of our territorial rights, as our strength lies in our unity.