President Rogrigo Duterte thanked his predecessor Benigno Aquino III for the victory on the case against China over the West Philippine Sea.

This happened during the first National Security Council (NCS) meeting last Wednesday, July 27, which was attended by the former presidents of the Philippines.


“Si President Aquino, he won for us the case kaya ako nagsabi, ‘Maraming salamat po for giving us the ace card.’ It was he who filed, it was upon his instructions,” Duterte said.

Give credit where credit is due: Duterte thanks Noy for Hague ruling
photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/PPD
The meeting tackled the maritime dispute between Manila and Beijing, and this is on top of other national issues and concern.

Pampanga 2nd District Represenative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Fidel Ramos, and Benigno Aquino were consulted by the current president on what should be the administration’s next steps regarding the West Philippine Sea dispute.

“We take the advice of the elders. President Arroyo said ‘caution’. President Estrada said ‘restraint’,” Duterte said.

Ramos was appointed by Duterte as the envoy to jumpstart bilateral talks with Beijing. “Hayaan muna natin sila. Let Ramos navigate and maybe, when the final talks are there, tapos nagkaharap kami, that will be the time na magkaprankahan na tayo,” Duterte expressed.

After the Hauge ruling affirmed the Philippines’ claims over the West Philippine Sea, the world now awaits the next step especially that China refuses to acknowledge the ruling and will reject bilateral talks. | ASCS

Source: Rappler
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