Senate President Franklin M. Drilon addressed the Federal Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia, October 21, the first Filipino and Asian to deliver a speech before the Russian parliament. In his speech he reaffirmed the strong and unwavering commitment of the Philippine government to further deepen the friendship and mutual understanding between the Philippines and Russia.
He told the Russian lawmakers he is “distinctly honored to address this august Chamber with the hope that I could humbly contribute to our common efforts to build better understanding between the Russian Federation and the Republic of the Philippines and to expand the frontiers of our friendship.”
He also thanked the Russian people and government for supporting peaceful resolution on West Philippine Sea disputes.
“We are grateful to Russia for your continuing interest in this issue. Your support for the peaceful settlement of international disputes is consistent with, and supports, our principled position that the West Philippine Sea dispute should be settled according to the rule of law, particularly the UNCLOS,” the Senate chief said.
“The Philippines is committed to the peaceful settlement of conflicting claims in the West Philippine Sea in accordance with international law, in particular the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS. Consistent with these norms, we have instituted arbitration proceedings with the appropriate UN tribunal with the firm hope that through international law, peace and justice will prevail,” he added.
Next year, Philippines and Russia will be celebrating 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.