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3 senators support Aquino’s ‘no-war’ position vs China


President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER file photo

By admitting that the country could not go to war with China, President Benigno Aquino III was just telling the truth, senators said Tuesday.

“It’s a fact. Besides, I think war is an outmoded and archaic mode of settling disputes between states,” said Senator Francis Escudero in a text message.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III said: “The President is just being honest! It’s no bluffing matter. He is right.”

Asked if Mr. Aquino, by resorting to diplomatic channels, was doing the right thing, Sotto said: “I think so.”

In a phone interview, Senator Edgardo Angara supported the President’s handling of the latest standoff in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) because of the clear advantage of China—its “Blue Navy’s firepower,” not to mention its newly acquired aircraft carrier.

“China is asserting its perceived interest too aggressively for anyone’s comfort,” he said.

Angara said the United Nations, not the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, was the proper forum to settle the dispute with China.

“Ultimately, because we live in a community of nations, we mediate efforts through the conflict-resolution mechanism of the UN, so that the UN can come in as an arbiter. The natural arbiter is Asean, but they’re straddling opposite positions,” said Angara.

He said Asean members could not be expected to take the side of the Philippines in this dispute over Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal because they have to protect their interests first.

“They are our friends, but our natural allies and regional counterparts are lukewarm or tepid because of various reasons, including trade and investments with China, and the presence of a large Chinese ethnic (population) within (their) borders.”

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Tags: Benigno Aquino III , China , Edgardo Angara , Francis Escudero , Government , Maritime Dispute , Philippines , Senate , Vicente Sotto III

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    si soto at angara
    kasama sa nagpabaya
    ng depensa natin

    sa tagal sa senado
    walang nagawa

    si escudero
    paparehas din siguro

  • BatangSingapore

    Mga bugok nilalayo lang ninyo ang isyu at nakikisawsaw lang ang mga senador sa bugok at maling deklarasyon ng abnoy na pangulo.  sinagip lang nila ang kanilang mga sarili.

    Hulihin mo ang magnanakaw at hindi ibig sabihin nyan gera na.  Noon panahon nin GMA sangkatutak ang mga hinuling Chinese fisherman dahil sa pagpasok at pangingisda nila sa ating EEZ.

  • malampaya_1

    mga punyemas kyong mga matatadang snador wla nman kyong ngawa sa byan…. ang yayabang nyo pa, wala nga sa inyong naka pag-isip na palakasin ang militar ntin tpos ang kpal pa ng pagmumukha nyong humarap sa ganyan? pweeeee!!!!  mga…@&)(@%#…kyo.

  • malampaya_1

    niloloko nyo lang ang taong bayan… tpos ang gaganda ng buhay, ang bayan naghihirap, bulsa nyo lang inaatupag nyo, mga tinamaan kyo ng ….#@!%$@I…sit kyo.

  • malampaya_1

    kailan kya ipagbabawal ang pagsuot ng barong sa mga politicican? …bwahahaha!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T3XZ532TH62HAUHZTIRDVZSIGA Recon SGT

    Mga walang nagawa sa bayan ang mga senador na yan, nagpabaya sa economiya at depensa nang sandatahang Pilipinas tapos pumapapel na naman mabuti pa wag na nating ibuto ang mga to sa susunod na eleksyon dahil sa wala namang silbi katulad nang amo nila na si Abnoy.

  • pasaway008ako

    Ano ang laban ng ‘pinas sa china? Parang kuting at kalabaw ang kamada. ang china kahit us kayang sagupain niyan a, pinas pa kaya. tanungin ang ating mga kawal, alam nila na walang laban ang pinas, hanggang asta na lang.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ATUYI7UPXQZXT4XZV4MZUP5AG4 Rich

    Kung “karatista” ung mga Chinks na yan marami namang “ispiritista” sa Pinas.Basahan nalang ng Bibliya tas isigaw na “Lumayo kayo mga Impakto!.

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