Bongbong: US support bad for PH-China sea dispute
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. believes that dragging the United States into the territorial dispute at the West Philippine Sea only worsened tensions between the Philippines and China.
Marcos expressed alarm over the territorial standoff between Philippine and Chinese forces at Scarborough Shoal, saying it boiled over when the US entered the discussion.
“Hindi biro ang mga nangyayaring ganito. Pano kaya nangyari na ang Pilipinas, na kinakaibigan naman natin ang China, ay magkakaroon ng standoff? Pinag-aaralan ko ng mabuti at para sa akin, lumaki ‘yung gulo noong nagpagamit tayo sa Amerikano, noong sinama natin ang Amerikano sa usapan,” Marcos told dzMM’s “Dos Por Dos” on Tuesday.
The standoff between the Philippines and China began when the Philippine Navy found eight Chinese fishing boats in the shoal and accused them of fishing illegally last April.
The United States has offered to deploy surveillance aircraft in the disputed waters to bolster the Philippines’ efforts to monitor the shoal, which is located about 230 kilometers from the western coast of Luzon.
According to Philippine navy maps, the nearest major Chinese landmass is 1,200 kilometers northwest of the shoal.
Marcos believes China felt offended when the Philippines sought the help of US in the issue, recalling an agreement made by his father, the late former President Ferdinand Marcos, and then Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping when they established diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1975.
Marcos said during his father’s visit to Deng Xiaoping, the former president brought up the issue of the disputed islands and said he would take it up with the United Nations.
Deng Xiaoping, however, said the two countries should resolve the issue without involving the United Nations, according to Marcos.
“Siguro para sa mga Chinese, umiiral pa din ‘yung ganoong klaseng sistema, pero para sa atin binago natin kasi nga sinaksak natin sa usapang ito ang mga Amerikano. Para sa China, kapag Amerika na ang katapat nila, iba na ang usapan ‘yan. Iyan ang dalawang malalaki eh, gigitna pa tayo, eh madudurog tayo diyan,” the senator said.
Marcos urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to do what is right for the country without dragging the US into the issue.
“Kailangang maging mas maliwanag sa ating DFA na huwag tayong papagamit sa Amerika. Dapat ang ginagawa natin ngayon ang makakabuti sa Pilipinas,” he said.
“Tayo ang namimilit na dapat may salita pa ang Amerika sa isyung ito. Dapat ang nasa loob lang ng negotiation room ay mga galing sa China at sa Pilipinas at hindi nakikialam ang Amerika sa usapang ito,” he added.