On May 29, it was reported that Philippine's President Duterte had "drawn a red line" for China, threatening to go to war if China engages in development projects on or around the features. "I don't want to blame Congress, you must have your own reasons for not giving us P30 billion annually", he added.
"It must not allow the People Republic of China (PRC) to continue posing a threat to Philippine interest in the WPS and the security of the region", the resolution stated.
He said the government was merely looking for a "proper time" to take "full advantage" of the arbitral ruling.
REFUTING domestic criticism that of its soft stance on China's militarisation of the South China Sea, the Philippines said it was prepared to go to war with the country if any of its military personnel are harmed in the disputed waters.
The U.S. military will continue sailing ships near disputed islands in the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted Tuesday, despite Beijing's increased complaints about the operations. Called "Xisha" in Chinese, the islands have been incorporated into the southern province of Hainan and are being developed for tourism, as well as being equipped with weapon systems meant to enforce China's claim to virtually the entire South China Sea.
But speaking at a hearing focusing on the South China Sea on Wednesday at the legislative assembly, former Philippine maritime officer Rep. Gary Alejano revealed just how quiet the government's been in dealing with China in the disputed waters.
The comments came after China's foreign ministry expressed Beijing's "strong dissatisfaction" with a FONOP carried out on Sunday.
The statement comes only days after recent news that two American naval vessels, the USS Higgins, a destroyer class ship, and the cruiser class USS Antietam, sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Island chain on May 27.
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Dr Chong said he believes FONOPs by the Quad can help send signals to China that "This is an open ocean, we have rights to go through under global law". The operation that was conducted on Sunday had been undergoing drills and planning for months on end.
Beijing has been building artificial islands to reinforce its claim over most of the resource-rich South China Sea, despite protests from Southeast Asian countries.
He added that the area was regarded as worldwide waters and many countries wanted to exercise their freedom of navigation.
Here's why the South China Sea is so hotly contested.
Citing an unnamed US intelligence source, news channel CNBC said that China had in April installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its outposts in the South China Sea.
"China is now capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States", Adm. Philip Davidson, the new head of U.S. Pacific Command, said in April.
The government will use the worldwide tribunal ruling invalidating China's claim over the entire South China Sea "at the proper time", National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said.