Malacañang has confirmed meeting of high-ranking Chinese and Philippine officials for the second Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) in Manila.
BCM is the platform where both countries will discuss issues on the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
The delegation will be led by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou and Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo.
“The second meeting of this Philippine – China Bilateral Consultative Mechanism on the South China Sea will be held here in Manila tomorrow Feb. 13, 2018,” said the presidential spokesperson, Secretary Harry Roque.
The official said that the bilateral meeting is the proof that the Duterte administration is doing something about the issue.
However, Malacañang clarified that the government will not file a new protest to China on its alleged almost finished militarization in the South China Sea.
Roque said that the Philippines has existing protests filed before China and these are expected to be discussed at the meeting on Tuesday.
“The Philippine government has consistently filed protests and even during the term of President Duterte, we have filed protests,” said Roque.