It is normal for one side to strengthen their claims as peacefully as possible. We don't have anything against that. But against force and threat, it's another thing entirely. We won't die if they get it because the UN decides to. Sure there will be mass rallies but we could continue with our lives. Unlike when it's settled by war when we know we're done for and we might never live tomorrow.Harmless huh?
So, if Malaysia (another claimant to the Spratlys) renames it the North Malaysia Sea, it is also harmless because it "gives them a semblance of control of the situation"?
And if Malaysia passes their own version of the Archipelagic Law to strengthen the legal basis of their claims in the Spratlys, that will also be acceptable to the Philippines since that is what the Philippines did?
What is the 2nd one that is normal? It didn't appear in your post, so a clarification will be useful.
In the UN, all claimants are assumed equal and it all comes down to who has the greatest argument and the one with the most concrete and convincing evidence so its the one ideal for us and that's why we don't have anything against renaming or passing of laws and such as long as it doesn't threaten our lives.