The Straits Times
Published on Feb 20, 2013

Philippines says it's on 'right track' over China challenge


MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines said Wednesday it was on "the right track" in seeking to have a United Nations tribunal strike down China's claims to most of the South China Sea, after the Chinese government rejected the process.

President Benigno Aquino's chief aide, Mr Rene Almendras, said the government expected China to ignore the plan to bring the matter up at the UN and stressed the case could still proceed without Beijing' approval.

"We will follow the process whether they agree to it or not," Mr Alemndras told reporters.

"Of course, we are of the opinion that we are on the right track... we would not have started it if we did not think that we would have enough basis to file all these issuances."