UniTeam senatorial aspirant Harry Roque that the nation would have misplaced all its occupied territories within the West Philippine Sea (WPS) to China with out President Rodrigo Duterte’s well timed international coverage intervention.
Roque urged Duterte’s successor to duplicate the nation’s diplomacy of goodwill with China to deescalate diplomatic tensions since each states declare sovereignty over the disputed Spratly Group of Islands.
“If Mr. Duterte did not become our President, China would have already kicked us out from our occupied islands. Thanks to our President’s unique diplomatic style and personal friendship with President Xi Jinping, China did not push through with it,” Roque mentioned.
“While the President successfully prevented China’s takeover of the disputed Spratly Islands, I am not sure if our next President would be able to maintain the same degree of goodwill between China and the Philippines,” he additionally mentioned.
The worldwide regulation knowledgeable additionally revealed advising presidential front-runner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. to think about a sound China coverage that will hew intently to President Duterte’s coverage.
Roque mentioned if Marcos is elected President, the latter ought to examine the non-public relationship that Duterte cultivated with Xi to make sure steady bilateral ties and cut back the army flashpoint in WPS since 2016.
He appeared in a one-on-one interview with the President, which aired on PTV-4 final Sunday. The President requested for Roque’s recommendation on worldwide and nationwide points, together with the West Philippine Sea.
The previous presidential spokesman mentioned he has a categorised doc detailing China’s roadmap to develop into a maritime superpower by 2025, significantly within the WPS.
Based on Roque, the Chinese language doc features a phase-by-phase exclusion of different claimant international locations just like the Philippines from China’s so-called municipal waters within the Spratly archipelago.
“It seems China was taken aback by Duterte’s brand of diplomacy, which advanced friendly bilateral ties through trade and industry while finding ways to resolve the WPS territorial dispute,” Roque mentioned.
The previous partly-list consultant mentioned the incoming President has no recourse however to comply with Duterte’s instance “because the Philippines is no match to China’s military might.”
“We only have a token military presence in the islands we occupy. Neither do we possess modern military weapons,” Roque careworn.
He continued, “Despite our Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States, the Americans did not lift any finger when we lost Panganiban Reef in 1995 and Panatag Shoal in 2012. Since going to war is illegal and unrealistic, our only option is to sustain the President’s style of diplomacy.”
Roque has constantly supported Duterte’s stance to make sure that the WPS stays a sea of peace and prosperity with different claimant nations.
Nations like Malaysia, Taiwan, Brunei, and Vietnam additionally lay declare to the entire or a part of the Spratlys.