MANILA, Philippines – Showing their patriotic sympathy to the Philippine’s stand to defend its own territory, the National Bookstore whose branches located all over the country, has withdrawn from its shelves all Chinese-made globes showing “misinformation,” a government spokesman said yesterday.
Raul Hernandez, spokesman of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said they have noticed the spread of the Chinese-made globes containing the China’s nine-dash line encompassing the South China Sea.
“The educational books were sold to Filipinos until last Wednesday. It has taken a patriotic position to proactively support the Philippine government in advancing Philippine foreign policy objectives, so they removed it,” Hernandez told local reporters.
Hernandez said the Bookstore management was late to realize they were selling the globes containing “misinformation” maps. “They were unaware until a dialogue between the management and the government took place,” he said.
Last month, the Philippines took China to an arbitration panel under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea – a 1982 treaty signed by both countries – to demand that it declare China’s claims invalid.
China’s territorial claims overlap those of the Philippines as well as Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan.
The DFA has “started meeting manufacturers and retailers of educational maps and globes that reflect China’s 9-dash line claim over the South China Sea, now called the West Philippine Sea, to correct the erroneous illustrations that are detrimental to the Philippines’ claim over islands and seas in the borders it shares with China and other neighbors.”