PH ready for eventualities in disputed sea - DND

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The Gaven Reefs is a group of two reefs in the Spratly Islands, claimed by China, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Department of National Defense (DND) said on Friday (October 30) that the country was prepared for any eventuality that might arise from the dispute in the West Philippine Sea.

This developed after an arbitral court at The Hague ruled that it had jurisdiction over some territorial claims that the Philippines has filed against China over disputed areas in the South China Sea.

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In reaction, China stood pat on its earlier pronouncements that it would not participate in the hearing of the case and insisted on its claim over the disputed waters.

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No less than China's naval commander, Admiral Wu Shengli, warned of the volatility of the situation — saying that even a minor incident could spark war in the contested area.

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DND spokesperson Peter Galvez refused to go into operational details but said that the Philippines had been continuously watching the developments in the disputed sea while continuously gearing up for any eventualities that might happen in relation to the dispute.

"We are always prepared for several scenarios," Galvez said.

He said the DND welcomed the tribunal decision and said that international laws should prevail to maintain peace and stability in the region.

With this, Galvez said, Filipino forces would continue patrolling and monitoring the activities in the controversial waters.

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Meanwhile, President Benigno Aquino III said he was happy with the recent decision — noting that it came swiftly.

Aquino also noted that China should abide the ruling as it was also a signatory, like the Philippines, to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

CNN Philippines' Gerg Cahiles, Patricia de Leon and Reuters contributed to this report.