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Ang Philippine News Agency ay under ng Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) na pinamumunuan ni Secretary Martin Andanar.
Ayon kay netizen Byron Villegas, Chinese interest na ang isinusulong ng PNA matapos ilathala ang isang artikulo ng Xinhua na may pasaring sa pagkapanalo ng Pilipinas sa arbitral tribunal ukol sa South China Sea.
“WTF, this is from our own Philippine News Agency? Ano yan, Chinese interest na ang isusulong natin? Hindi ba puedeng gumawa man lang ang PCOO ng sariling report nila, wag naman garapalan yung China Xinhua ang gagamitin?. Are we now criticizing the UNCLOS ruling which says 9 dash line is invalid and illegal?” ayon kay Villegas.
Tinawag ng komentaryo na “ill-founded” o hindi nakabase sa fact o reliable evidence ang ruling ng The Hague sa South China Sea dispute.
“More than one year after an ill-founded award at a South China Sea arbitration unilaterally delivered by an ad hoc tribunal in The Hague, the situation in the South China Sea has stabilized and improved thanks to the wisdom and sincerity of China and the parties concerned.”
Ipinagmalaki pa sa artikulo ang agreement sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at China na magsagawa ng joint exploration sa South China Sea. At ibinida pa ang respeto umano ng China sa freedom of navigation at pagsunod sa rule of law.
“In a sign of improvement in bilateral relations, foreign ministers of China and the Philippines decided late last month to seek ways to carry out joint exploration in the South China Sea.
In waters where there is an overlapping of maritime rights and interests, unilateral action might complicate the situation and lead to tensions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed.
China always respects the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea in compliance with international law, but it should by no means be used as an excuse by certain countries outside the region to stir up trouble.”