Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso vowed on Wednesday, Oct. 13, that he will pursue the Hague ruling and international policy in the country’s dispute with China on the West Philippine Sea if he is elected as the country’s next president.
“You know, in a civilized world, in a civilized time, we must be guided by law and order that includes our relationship with the world,” he said during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum on Wednesday.
“There is the ruling in The Hague that favors the country, protecting our sovereignty. We have a paper. We won. We will continue to pursue that,” he added.
Domagoso, meanwhile, also vowed to protect the rights of Filipino fisherfolk to fish in the West Philippine Sea, adding it was “non-negotiable.”
“We must fish in that area as Fiipinos, undisturbed at hindi nahaharang, di napeperwisyo,” he said.
The Manila mayor added: “Will I make sense with the Chinese government? I’ll try to. I’ll meet them halfway somewhere else but we must fish.” Among his plans should negotiations take place on the extraction of oil in the area are to use the extracted fuel resources to build up the country’s naval and coastal defenses, lower domestic electricity costs, and boost industrialization.
Domagoso is running for president in the upcoming national elections.