Dehado ang Pilipinas! Robredo impatient for a Code of Conduct in South China Sea
Vice President Leni Robredo wants the code of conduct on the South China Sea to be finalized soon to prevent tension from escalating further in the disputed waters.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Robredo said having a code of conduct between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the South China Sea will allay Filipinos’ fears about China’s actions.
“We are more impatient now considering what’s been happening and considering the fact that really, there is a growing fear that we might sell out,” she said.
Robredo noted that the Philippines has been at the losing end of China’s increasing aggression in the South China Sea.
The Vice President said having a code of conduct will provide guidance for China and countries claiming parts of the South China Sea.
“As of now, we are all pushed to the wall as far as incursions—reported incursions—are concerned; as far as threats of, you know, occupying our islands are concerned; as far as stories of Chinese fishing vessel lording it over our exclusive economic zone is concerned, we’re all at a loss,” she said.
China claims the entirety of South China Sea while ASEAN members such as the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as Taiwan, also have consider parts of the disputed waters as their territory.
President Rodrigo Duterte in June pressed China to finalize the code of conduct for the South China Sea, saying that delays are pushing the United States and other Western countries “to test the waters always and one day a single miscalculation.”