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Aquino wants peaceful resolution to Scarborough standoff


MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino wants a peaceful resolution to the ongoing standoff between the Philippines and China over Scarborough Shoal.

“No one will surely benefit if violence will erupt there,” Aquino told reporters at the Manila Hotel after accepting a Doctors of Law honorary degree from the Central Escolar University.

The President said his government will pursue a diplomatic resolution to the problem but at the same time maintained the need for the country’s sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal to reign.

“We cannot just give it away (Scarborough Shoal) and we cannot depend on others but ourselves,” he also said.

The President also said that he had talked to military and Philippine Coast Guard officials to observe the rules of engagement “to ensure no violence will happen there.”

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Tags: Foreign affairs , government and politics , Scarborough Shoal

  • kilabot

    due to the heightened tension, pnoy “the patient” was observed salivating profusely while delivering his tantrums at the manila hotel. he was anxious to go back to his psp and engaged the chinese in a war game. he also wanted to contact his alter-ego ahmadinejad of iran to seek some out-of-this-world advice.

    • wanluna

      People like you are far worst than those who threateb us. May your tribe perish from our land, may your tounge stick to the roof of your mouth, may your fingers cripple so that you cannot type evil anymore!

  • patriotic_act

    If people seems to see an incapable leader I suggest we welcome war itself, and lets show our love to our country specially “those who think they can do better” by enlisting in the military to fight together with our soldiers.

    Again.. War is a catalyst for change, if we want to change this country we must rebuild it from scratch but to do that we must destroy it first and war will be able to quickly do that.. and war will also do us a favor by killing off those unworthy ones and by the time all is over those who will survive (if ever there is) will erect the pillars of this country again.. from scratch.. free from the people who complains too much but doesn’t do anything for her.. and that is the only time change will happen.. and the future citizens of this country will enjoy a better philippines than the one we have today.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

    the barbarians are at the gates, do you think publicly criticizing the president will improve the situation? to his credit, he was the only president who started improving our military capability. historically, we lost the US naval and air force protection partly to Pinatubo but also to our senate who voted not to renew the lease for Subic and Clark. now, we should be united as it is our country threatened and not your own parochial interest. will you be one with the country against the barbarians at the gates?

    • patriotic_act

      Dont worry if war comes it will do us a favor by eliminating those very people “who did nothing but complaint but aint doing anything to contribute a solution” either by having them scape to another country or killing them..

      I agree of all of us being united to protect our country.. I would love to be in the frontlines together with our soldiers when foreign invaders come, I have pledged to seek duty and answer it if they call upon me.
      If that happens I hope to see you there too my friend. 

      • wanluna

        Filipino who love the nation irregardless of who is the president should start to rise up and bless the nation and defend the soul of the nation from the barbarians whos at the gate who will trample on every hope, who will darkly criticize every act of anyone at the helm, who cannot share anything good, whose mouth is full of curse. They are the real curse of the nation. Mabuhay ang pinoy pero hindi lahat!

  • Malik62

    How can you have a peaceful resolution when you started with a wrong footing by sending BRP Gregorio del Pilar which is a military vessel.  Sending a military vessel is a very sensitive move.  Your government should have been wise and intelligent enough to have sent the Philippine Coast Guard vessel first.  The PCG is a civilian law enforcement agency hence  they do not instigate any hostile military action.

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