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Even With a De-Escalation Deal, Philippines Says It Will Continue Media Pressure in South China Sea

Journalists on board the Philippine Coast Guard ship 'Melchora Aquino' take video and photos of a Chinese Coast Guard ship on December 10, 2023. Ted ALJIBE / AFP

The Philippines government is not going to change its strategy of inviting journalists and social media influencers to record confrontations with Chinese maritime forces in the South China Sea even as the two countries try to implement a de-escalation deal agreed to last month.

“Let me again emphasize that our transparency initiative remains to be the same, how aggressive we are, how we started until now it remains to be the same,” said Philippines Coast Guard Commodore Jay Tarriela on Tuesday.

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