Pinas suportado ng Australia, New Zealand sa ‘regional issues’

Pinas suportado ng Australia, New Zealand sa ‘regional issues’

June 18, 2022 @ 9:15 AM 1 week ago


MANILA, Philippines- Muling pinagtibay ng mga ambassador mula  Australia at New Zealand ang kanilang  commitment  na paghusayin ang ugnayan ng kanilang bansa sa Pilipinas para  “strengthen, peace, prosperity and stability” sa rehiyon.

Ang sitwasyon sa  West Philippine Sea ay  “touched upon” sa naging miting ng mga ito sa  President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

“I reiterated our commitment to the Philippines in supporting the outcome of the arbitral award and supporting the Philippines as it goes forward dealing with difficult regional issues,” ayon kay Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven James Robinson.

Binigyang-diin naman ni New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines Peter Francis Kell kay Marcos Jr. ang kahalagahan ng ugnayan ng bansa na patatagin ang rehiyon sa gitna ng tensyon ng pinagtatalunang katubigan.

“Naniniwala ako sa pamamagitan ng pagtutulungan upang palakasin kapayapaan at kasaganahan sa ating rehiyon,” ayon kay Kell.

“So I stressed that our relationship is important… to strengthen our region… to strengthen peace prosperity and stability,” aniya pa rin.

Nauna nang sinabi ni Marcos Jr. kay  Chinese President Xi Jinping na ang Pilipinas at  Beijing ay  “must not allow what conflicts or difficulties we have now between our two countries to become historically important.”

Inaasahan naman ni Robinson si  Marcos Jr.  na “take a very measured and balanced approach” sa pagtugon sa ginagawang pagpasok ng mga intsik sa West Philippine Sea.

“He approaches all of these issues to seek the best outcome he can for the Philippines,” ayon sa diplomat.

“I think any pragmatic politician would do exactly the same to try and work out how do you get the best for your country in difficult circumstances,” dagdag na pahayag nito.

Sinabi pa ni Robinson na pinag-usapan nila ni Marcos Jr. ang tungkol sa defense relationship ng Pilipinas at Australia’ at ang  joint training program.

“We talked about our development assistance relationship and Australia invest about $80 million a year in the Philippines to provide assistance particularly down in the bomb, where we need consistency, security and prosperity for the people of Mindanao,” ayon sa  Australian envoy.

“It was very interesting to hear the President’s views about how we might build on all of those linkages, particularly in terms of the economy, which is a fundamental focus for the President-elect, and also how we can build on our bilateral relationship with Australia as we move to our strategic partnership later this year,” dagdag na pahayag nito.

Muling inulit ng  Australia, isa sa Philippines long-standing allies, ang pagkastigo sa China sa pag-angkin nito sa  halos buong  South China Sea, isang strategic waterway kung saan bilyong dolyar na halaga ng sea-borne goods ang dumadaan taon-taon. Kris Jose