By: Elena Grace Flores
The International U.N. tribunal Ruling from the Hague is fast-approaching – and before we know it, July 12 is already here. President odrigo Duterte said that he is ready to talk with China but it should be after the July 12 ruling. His strategy of not letting the media know of all his plans, lead people from the press into thinking he’s not doing anything about it.
However, we had noted some information in the past while Pastor Boy Saycon was strategizing with Duterte over the disputed territories and we can vouch with the following as suggested by the Manila Times:
• Oppose Beijing’s “Nine-Dash Line” claim over nearly all the South China Sea. (Yes, there’s certainly no compromise on this)
• Mobilize international support through a United Nations ruling in our favor. (This is automatically spearheaded by the U.S. with its allies to preserve “freedom of navigation” along the South China Sea)
• Get US backing through the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). (Duterte already got a commitment from US Ambassador Philip Goldberg that the U.S. will defend the Philippines when attacked by China)