Binay calls for sobriety in PH-China dispute

Posted at 05/14/2012 7:50 PM | Updated as of 05/15/2012 10:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday called for sobriety in the simmering dispute between the Philippines and China over ownership of Scarborough shoal.

Binay, in a press conference Monday, said he supports President Benigno Aquino's stand for a peaceful resolution of the dispute.

"We need to have sobriety," he said. "Kailangan po dito yung sinasabi ni Pangulong Noynoy na peaceful at democratic ang ating pagresolba sa problemang ito."

"Maganda din po ang ating panukala na pag-usapan muna natin yung commercial side at tsaka yung political side dahil aabutin ng decades bago matapos ho itong problema na ito," he added.

Binay said diplomacy should take the lead in resolving the issue.

"Unti-unti ng lumilingat at nagkakaroon ng peaceful considerations ang problemang ito. Tayo rin po ay may pagkukulang. Sa dami ng tao ang daming opinyon diyan at ang daming sinasabi. But we have to handle this particular case peacefully and diplomatically," he said.

He said it was normal for China to advise its nationals to be careful in the Philippines because of the territorial dispute.

"Iyun pong sa mga turista, normal lang naman po iyon di ba? Yung mga statement sa embahada na wag pumunta sa Mindanao pagka ganito-ganito," he said.

"Dahil sa announcement ng mga nagrarally-rally, natural lamang na magkaroon ng pagiingat din sa statement doon sa mga kababayan nila na magisip-isip muna o kaya naman yung mga nandito na mag-ingat sana," Binay added.