By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said that the Philippines will not give up any part of its territory.
“I will not preside over any process that will abandon even a square inch of the territory of the Republic of the Philippines to any foreign power,” he said during a meeting with the Asia Society.
China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the Philippines all have overlapping claims in the South China Sea.
“We will continue to work with China and other claimant states with the end in view of solving the issues involving the West Philippine Sea through diplomacy and through dialogue,” the President said.
In order to maintain peace and order in the disputed waters, Marcos counted on the Philippines’ relations with the United States.
“We know that we can count on the United States to uphold the international law-based order, freedom of navigation and overflight, and the sustainable use and development of maritime resources,” he said.
“But equally important, we look to the United States to promote peace, security, and prosperity,” Marcos added.