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PBBM expresses appreciation to India’s support in upholding PH sovereignty over West Philippine Sea

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. acknowledged the support of the Indian government in upholding Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea, considering it as “an important development” for the Filipino people.

In welcoming Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Malacañan last Tuesday, President Marcos said the Philippines and India shared common interests particularly in maintaining peace and order in the Indo-Pacific region.

The President added India is one of the like-minded countries with the Philippines in terms of upholding international rules-based orders.

“We have many shared interests, primary of, that is to maintain the peace in our areas and so this is a concern now, not only of India or of the Philippines alone, but the entire world,” President Marcos told Minister Jaishankar.

“So, whatever it is that we can do to make the situation better, in partnership with India, which certainly be an important development for us,” said the chief executive.

Jaishankar paid a courtesy visit to President Marcos as part of his official visit to the Philippines.

In his remarks, Jaishankar stood firm that India is “very resolute” in their position on the South China Sea and honored the validity of the 2016 ruling of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which invalidated China’s claim on the Philippine waters.

Jaishankar said it is important for the Philippines, India and other countries to coordinate and uphold international rules-based laws to maintain peace and order in the Indo-Pacific region.

He added that he is more than willing to become a “charter member” of the Philippines as far as efforts against China’s aggression in the South China Sea are concerned.

Jaishankar said India is ready to help the Philippines even if the international ruling goes against them.

“So, if you want a country, which actually says will accept the judgement even if it goes against us, we are actually a natural candidate. So, we can be on your ship,” Jaishankar told President Marcos.

For his part, President Marcos extended his gratitude for Jaishankar’s offer to the Philippines as he assured the Indian official that his administration will continue to uphold and adhere to the UNCLOS and international rules-based orders. PND