President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Thursday raised the need to continue “developing cooperation” on an “international scale” to resolve soaring tensions in Taiwan.
“Patuloy ang pagpatibay natin ng ating pagsasama at pagpa-partner dito… iba’t ibang bansa na hindi lamang ‘yung mga nakapaligid sa Pilipinas. Hindi lamang ang ating karatig bansa kung hindi pati na ang mga bansa na dati hindi naman natin nakakausap dahil walang pangangailangan na magkaroong tayo ng partnership,” the President said when asked on the Taiwan issue in a conference hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
The President said there is a need to “fix the arrangements, our alliances, so that they conform to the needs of the day. And that again, comes back again to that process of evolution.”
Describing the situation as “new,” the chief executive said solutions have to “also be new and that is why we are now formulating those partnerships between all the different countries.”
“Not just Australia, not just the United States, also South Korea, also Japan, all of the ASEAN Member States and I think we can continue to… do that and I know that the countries… are already of the same mind,” said Marcos.
“Sila rin ay naghahanap na nga ng mga — magsasama upang harapin ang bagong mundo na sabay-sabay. It seems that the message of unity that we were espousing during campaign is beginning to extend to unity not only in the local situation in the Philippines, but also in the international scale,” he added.
In his speech at the high- level general debate of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City in November last year, the President emphasized that differences among nations should only be resolved through peaceful ways.
The chief executive also reiterated his administration’s foreign policy that “the Philippines shall continue to be a friend to all, and an enemy of none.” (PND)