Diplomasya sa WPS, hirit ng security, foreign relations experts

Diplomasya sa WPS, hirit ng security, foreign relations experts

November 30, 2022 @ 8:52 AM 2 months ago


MANILA, Philippines- Binigyang-diin ng top national security at foreign relations experts ang kahalagahan ng dayalogo at diplomasya sa pagresolba sa mga alitan at pagpigil sa giyera sa West Philippines Sea (WPS).

“I think [President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.] has paved the way for that future trajectory of where we’re going. So, he’s saying, ‘Let’s just continue dialoguing, constructive dialogue, and the like, and diplomacy,’” ani National Security Adviser Clarita Carlos.

Aniya pa, “You don’t choose. Play smart. Define what your goals are as a nation. Play your game well. This is now a new Philippines. A newfound confidence about who we are.”

Para naman kay dating Ambassador at dating Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rosario Manalo, diplomatic solutions ang daan upang mapigilan ang paglala ng kasalukuyang state of affairs.

“The value of diplomacy when it comes to the blue economy is to prevent war. War brings about the end of our existence,” giit ni Manalo.

“There are three modes of settling disputes. The first one is called the diplomatic process… the second is through legal action… and the third is through arbitration,” dagdag ng dating ambassador.

Gayundun, ikinalungkot ni Philippine National Police (PNP) General at ngayo’y Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong na ang kanyang lungsod ay “impacted indirectly by the ongoing issue of the West Philippine Sea.”

“The only way we will be able to resolve the issue is through dialogue, constant dialogues, low-key dialogues. Besides, our only objective there is to allow our fishermen to go to that area and proceed with their livelihood. And second, probably a joint exploration on the oil. There was a study made by the US Geological Survey stating therein that there are about a billion barrels of oil and trillion natural gas in the West Philippine Sea,” giit ni Magalong.

Ayon naman kay dating Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, kinakailangan ng “a lot of skilled diplomacy  to solve that, but one thing is undeniable – the livelihood of our fisherfolk is primary because this is survival for them.”

Inihayag ni Teodoro na ang “multilateralism basically is really important in the sense that it prevents a stronger country, in theory, from bullying a smaller one. Now, having a bilateral approach would mean the more powerful one will prevail.”

“So, the balance will be we continue to develop our capabilities in creating a credible deterrent against expansionism, but we continue to pursue those activities which can redound mutually to the benefit of our interests of both people, particularly economically,” aniya. RNT/SA