Pimentel urges Duterte to talk diplomacy, than war with China
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said this on Thursday, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s mention of “war” while talking about the disputed West Philippine Sea in a speech Tuesday.
“Sabi ko, ‘Mr. Xi Jinping, we also have a claim. You know we have the award. But I will not insist on recovering the award because it would result in a war, and it will be a massacre. I know. But please be it noted that one day during my term, I will assert,” Duterte said in his earlier speech.
Pimentel agreed with Duterte’s assertion of the Philippine’ rights over the territory.
“Tama si President [The President is right]. What our ours,” the senator said in a text message to reporters.
Sovereign rights of International Laws
“China should respect PH sovereignty and sovereign rights and international law principles. But we should avoid mentioning war or talking about it,” Pimentel added.
Rather than discussing war, the representative said there ought to be accentuation on tact to settle issues between states.
Representative Gringo Honasan, in the mean time stated, articulations originating from the President himself are “completely his right.”
Since all things considered, Honasan stated, the President would assume full liability for his own professions.