Press Release
November 15, 2018

Statement of Sen. Francis Pangilinan on talks on the Code of Conduct on disputed waters
Asean-China talks on territorial dispute should be anchored on respect: Kiko

Respect. For oneself, for who you're talking to, for your countrymen, for the environment. That should be the basis of any Asean-China talks on the Code of Conduct in the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea.

What should have been done after the favorable ruling at the international arbitration in 2016?

Engage with China, with our Asean neighbors, and with their people. Explain the victory of the Philippines is a win for all, especially to the small fishermen, whether Filipino, Chinese, or from Asean. Push for a zone of peace and sustainability in the seas we are duty-bound to protect; highlight the participation of fishermen, seafarers, and the so-called environmental activists or environmental advocates.

Listen to the sentiments of ordinary citizens. Filipino, Chinese, or Asean people, no one wants conflict.

The governments of the Philippines, China, and Asean should not forget that in these talks, they represent their people and the next generation -- those who are most affected by their decisions.

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