By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said that the conflict between countries should be resolved peacefully as he spoke before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
“By shepherding the Manila Declaration of 1982, we helped affirm that differences should only be resolved through peaceful means,” Marcos said.
“By reinforcing the predictability and stability of international law, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, we provided an example of how states should resolve their differences: through reason and through right,” he added.
Marcos also reiterated his earlier statement that the Philippines will continue to be a “friend to all and an enemy to none.”
“For amidst challenging global times, an important part stabilizes our common vessel: our open, inclusive, and rules-based international order that is governed by international law and informed by principles of equity and of justice,” the President added.
Meanwhile, Marcos also urged developed countries to abide their obligation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement to lessen green gas emission amid effects of climate change.
“The effects of climate change are uneven and reflect an historical injustice. Those who are least responsible suffer the most. The Philippines, for example, is a net carbon sink, we absorb more carbon dioxide than we emit. And yet, we are the 4th most vulnerable country to the effects of climate change,” he said.
Marcos added that injustice must be corrected and those who needs act, must act.
“We call on the industrialized countries to immediately fulfill their obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, provide climate financing and technology transfer for adaptation for the most vulnerable and developing countries to lead by example. We look forward to concrete outcomes at the Conference of Parties in Egypt later this year,” he said.