PH to China: stop construction, let’s talk

“Let’s call for a moratorium in terms of activities that escalate tension,” DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario said to ANC. “Now, let’s do that while we work on an expeditious conclusion of the code of conduct and effective implementation.”

“They’re accelerating their expansion agenda for the following reasons, what are they? One is they want to do this before the conclusion of the code of conduct,” del Rosario said. “They’re also trying to do this very quickly in anticipation of the handing down of the tribunal award.”


PCOO Secretary Sonny Coloma said with regards to del Rosario’s call, “The Secretary of Foreign Affairs is the President’s alter-ego in his sphere of action and the Philippines has always been advocating the peaceful settlement of disputes. So dialogues among parties that have conflicting claims on maritime entitlements in the West Philippine Sea or the South China Sea will be well-advised to consider dialogues as a worthy channel for expressing their views and for gaining a better of each other’s position.”

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