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DOST: West Philippine Sea
a good name, no politics

MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology yesterday said “West Philippine Sea” is a good name for the territorial waters surrounding the Philippines.

DOST Undersecretary Graciano Yumul also said the move to rename the South China Sea to West Philippine Sea had nothing to do with the territorial dispute between the country and China, over the controversial Spratlys Islands.

Yumul said it is a common practice among meteorological agencies to rename certain bodies of water. He also said the DOST changed the name to avoid confusion among Filipinos especially whenever there are weather disturbances.

Last week, the Philippine government started referring to what used to be called as the South China Sea as West Philippine Sea in its official statement.

The move came in the midst of rising tension between China and the Philippines over the ownership of Spratlys Islands, a group of islands spread over the relabeled body of water.*PNA


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