(Eagle News Service) — Two former high-ranking authorities officers stated on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte was using the appropriate tact in coping with China and the territorial points within the South China Sea.
Former president and now 2nd District Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo stated in a press convention that “so far as (she was) involved, President Duterte knows what he’s doing.”
“…I’ve no particular advice to make. I’ve a common advice to make which I made in the course of the National Security Council assembly that he held early in his administration, and that’s, so far as China is worried, our strategic course must be to emphasise our financial relations and transcend, to the extent that we can, issues at challenge between us,” she added.
Asked what she considered Duterte’s pronouncement about driving a jet ski to the disputed areas, Arroyo stated, “those are very tactical issues.”
“He knows what he’s doing,” she reiterated.
Cooperation, the perfect answer
For former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza, President Duterte was “navigating the troubled waters of the China Sea very well.”
He stated that based mostly on previous experiences, “cooperation, not necessarily war in the South China Sea, is a possibility and perhaps is the best solution.”
He famous as an example the “peace and quiet” and “cooperative effort” amongst the Philippines, China, and even Vietnam throughout Arroyo’s time, when a “joint seismic survey” was performed within the disputed space.
“That meant the cost of the survey was borne by the three countries, with the understanding also that the results of the information that would be gathered would be shared among the three countries. Of course there were questions of constitutionality, but the point is, that shows that cooperation, not necessarily war in the South China Sea, is a possibility and perhaps is the best solution,” he stated.
He stated the Philippines’ act of submitting a protest with the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal even had unfavorable repercussions.
The Philippines filed the case in January 2013, throughout then-President Benigno Aquino III’s administration.
The submitting was achieved after a tense standoff between Chinese and Philippines ships on the disputed Scarborough shoal the yr earlier than that, in April.
In July 2016, the tribunal determined that the Philippines had unique sovereign rights over the South China Sea.
It additionally declared China’s “nine-dash line,” which is the premise for its claims over virtually your complete disputed space, was invalid.
“Outflanked” by China
“As I stated, I don’t know the rationale that declare was filed so I can’t say if it’s proper or improper. What I can say is that so far as China is worried, it provoked their island constructing manufacturing facility,” Mendoza stated.
“In effect we were fighting in The Hague, maybe we were winning in The Hague, but China outflanked us. And China made it a point that while we were winning in The Hague, it was winning in waters in the South China Sea,” he added.