Two Philippines senators push Malacañang on Sunday for bilateral talks with China in West Philippine Sea dispute.
Senator Francis Escudero and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said that Malacañang should have a dialogue with China and find a peaceful resolution in the West Philippine Sea.
“The Philippines should not rely solely on rules-based approach in resolving the dispute, especially after the US has joined the pictures in the Spratly Islands.” Marcos said in a radio station dzBB interview.
We should talk to the Chinese not only in a government-to-government level but also in unofficial level, Many Filipinos in the government have a friend in China. They can talk to their friends and ask how to fix it. We don’t need only formal engagement,” he said.
“Ano ba naman ang mawawala sa atin kung makipag-usap tayo sa multilateral, regional or bilateral (na setting)? Basta ang mahalaga ‘wag tayong bibigay ‘pag one-on-one na ang usapan,” Escudero said.
What to loose if we speak in a multilateral, regional or bilateral (setting)? But what’s important, we don’t give up if it’s already a one-on-one conversation,” Escudero said.
The senator, however, said bilateral talks with China can only proceed if the Philippines shows it is mutually interested in pursuing that tack.