The Philippine Ministry of Foreign Affairs beat the “public opinion card” on the South China Sea issue

China News Service, Manila, February 10 (Reporter Zhang Ming) The Philippine Foreign Ministry issued a “public opinion card” on the South China Sea issue at a press conference on the 10th, claiming that there are polls showing that most of the Philippine people support it. The authorities initiated international arbitration on the South China Sea issue.

The Philippine Foreign Ministry said that from December 11 to 16, last year, commissioned by the Philippine Foreign Ministry, the Philippine National Survey Institute “Social Weather Station” was in all parts of the Philippines. & rdquo; visited 1550 people. The survey found that 82% of the Philippine respondents "strongly agree with" or "to some extent agree that the Philippine government has filed an international arbitration on the South China Sea issue, 80% of the respondents" strongly agree with ” or & ldquo To some extent, the Philippines should seek help from other countries to cope with the “enhanced military power of China in the South China Sea”.

The Philippine Foreign Ministry said that the survey also showed that 73% of respondents knew there was a dispute between the Philippines and China on the South China Sea issue; 68% of the respondents knew that natural resources such as oil and gas may exist in the South China Sea; 61% Respondents know that the Philippines has initiated international arbitration on the South China Sea issue; 56% of respondents know that “China is continuing to strengthen military power in the South China Sea”; 93% of respondents believe that the Philippines should defend it by legal means. The territory and natural resources of the South China Sea.

Philippine Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hernandez and the polling agency “Social Weather Station” President Mangahas jointly held a press conference at the Philippine Foreign Ministry to release the results of the poll. Hernandez said that the Philippine authorities have strongly supported the people in the international arbitration on the South China Sea issue, and the results of the polls are “encouraging”.

Hernandez also said that since the results of the polls have just been released, the Philippine Foreign Ministry has not discussed how to adjust the policy according to the results of this poll.

For the Philippines to file an international arbitration on the South China Sea issue, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has previously stated that it will not accept the arbitration proposed by the Philippine side, and has repeatedly urged the Philippine side to pursue international arbitration in disregard of China’s legitimate rights and legitimate concerns. ” expressed resolute opposition. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said that China has insisted on resolving relevant disputes through direct negotiations and negotiations between the parties concerned. “It is hoped that the Philippine side will correct its mistakes and work in tandem with China to jointly safeguard regional peace and stability. ”

At the press conference on the 10th, “Social Weather Station” President Mangahas claimed that since 2012, the Philippine people have remained depressed in China’s “trust”. Another poll, completed in December last year, showed that the percentage of Filipinos who expressed dissatisfaction with China was 17 percentage points higher than the proportion of people who expressed trust in China. Trust is “-17”, trust in the United States is “+82”.

The Philippine Foreign Ministry emphasized in the email to reporters that the “trust level” was not commissioned by the Philippine Foreign Ministry.

Responsible Editor: Qi Yuhan

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