‘Diplomacy’ pinakamainam na tugon sa maritime dispute – envoy

‘Diplomacy’ pinakamainam na tugon sa maritime dispute – envoy

July 12, 2022 @ 4:48 PM 1 month ago

MANILA, Philippines- “Diplomacy is the best way to address the dispute in the South China Sea.”

Ito ang inihayag ni Philippine Ambassador to the United States Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez sa isang media forum sa Makati City.

Subalit, sakali naman aniya at umigting ang agresyon o pagsalakay ay handa naman ang Pilipinas na pigilin ito.

“We remain optimistic that the best way forward is still diplomacy. Nevertheless, we are prepared to deter aggression. We believe in the merit of finishing negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea that claimant states, including China, must agree on,” ayon kay Romualdez.

“All parties or stakeholders must support this process and exercise restraint and cooperation to prevent tensions from escalating further,” dagdag na pahayag nito.

Sinabi pa nito na ang ‘biggest foreign policy challenge’ ng Pilipinas sa panahon ng administrasyon ni Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ay China at ang  maritime tension sa South China Sea.

“The country’s “foreign and security policies must not only be clear and cohesive, they must also be adaptive and resilient to potential threats, driven by national interests,” anito.

“Having said that, I continue to hope that contentious issues surrounding the Indo-Pacific would be resolved in a peaceful manner, even as we adopt an independent foreign policy that allows us to engage in mutually beneficial relationships that uphold common strategic interests, based on the recognition that each nation’s sovereignty is indisputable,” aniya pa rin.

Sinabi pa ni Romualdez, na ang  ASEAN  ay nag-adopt ng “Indo-Pacific Outlook” na tumutukoy sa  Indo-Pacific  bilang rehiyon ng “dialogue, cooperation, development, and prosperity.”

Binigyang-diin nito na ang Pilipinas ay  “fully supportive of these principles and ideals outlined”  ng  Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Tinukoy pa rin ni Romualdez na ang bansa ay  “must leverage existing strategic partnerships and build on alliances with like-minded states to defend our territorial integrity and contribute to the international effort to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, prevent maritime terrorism, and counter illegal activities including the exploitation of the natural resources within the country’s exclusive economic zone.” Kris Jose