Marcos on resolving differences with China in PH waters: Stop aggressive acts, allow our fishermen to fish

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  • Marcos said that the Philippines has the support of many nations, which is important in this endeavor.

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei— President Marcos believes that in order for China and the Philippines to resolve their differences, they must do everything but first begin on ending the aggression and allowing Filipino fishermen to fish in the West Philippine Sea.

President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. (Malacañang photo)
President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. (Malacañang photo)

Asked what it will take for both countries to resolve differences in Ayungin Shoal and Scarborough Shoal, Marcos said they must do everything, knowing that they do not know what effort would actually work.

"Yes, of course, there are. I’ve said it many times. You should try everything. You don’t know what effort is going to be successful," he said in a post-Brunei visit press briefing on Wednesday, May 29.

The President added that any point of contact he can establish whether at the leaders' level, ministerial, sub-ministerial, or private level, he will use it in order to resolve the situation in the West Philippine Sea.

"So, as any point of contact that I can establish I will use it, and at every level, at the leaders' level, at the ministerial, sub-ministerial, private as long as it gives us, brings us progress in terms of resolving these --- and you know, first of all to --- number one, to stop the aggressive actions such as water-cannoning and lasers and barrier putting et cetera," Marcos said.

"And secondly, allowing our fishermen to fish. Let’s start with that," he added.

If they are able to do these, Marcos said, then they can move to the next step.

"And if we can get to that, then we can move to the next step and to see if there is a way to resolve all these claims and so that we can all go about our business in a peaceful way and continue to try and develop our countries. There are always, always efforts at every level," he said.

The Chief Executive also said that the Philippines has the support of many nations, which is important in this endeavor, he added.

"Marami tayong kakampi. Ganun lang kasimple. So, imbes na boses lamang ng Pilipinas, boses ng marami (Many are supporting us. That's how simple that is. So instead of only hearing the Philippines' voice, these are voices of many). And that’s always important," Marcos said.