Fielding questions on claims within the West Philippine Sea, Tarlac first-district Rep. Carlos Cojuangco, vice chairman of the House committee on appropriations and sponsor of the proposed finances of the Department of Foreign Affairs, stated the Philippines needs to work with its neighbors, with out renouncing its rightful claims to any territory.
“The policy is basically a status quo. It is a status quo wherein we do not relinquish our rightful claims within the West Philippine Sea, but it is also a policy wherein we do not antagonize the people we are trying to befriend and work with,” Cojuangco defined throughout the plenary finances deliberation.
“It is a prudent strategy wherein we maintain our ground but we also cultivate friendships, lasting relationships, and sound diplomacy,” he stated.
Grilled by ACT TEACHERS partylist Rep. Antonio Tinio about actions taken by the DFA on the Sandy Cay space, which is reportedly occupied by China, Cojuangco stated the DFA is endeavor two diplomatic approaches to strengthen its claims and presence within the disputed territories, that are by UNCLOS framework and outdoors UNCLOS.
He careworn that one of the simplest ways to ensure peace within the area is when the claimant events to a disputed territory are engaged in dialogue and agreeing to a system.
The House terminated on Monday night time deliberations on the DFA’s proposed P19.57 billion finances for 2018.