Senate to look into PH gov't policy towards China

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2018 06:36 AM | Updated as of Jun 16 2018 06:48 AM

MANILA - Two Senate committees are set to conduct a public hearing on the government's policy towards China in light of its militarization efforts in the West Philippine Sea.

Senator Loren Legarda, chairman of the committee on foreign relations, said the upper chamber should take part in shaping the government's foreign policy.

"I welcome the call for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to conduct a public hearing on the government’s policy towards China. I agree that the Senate, as an independent body, should assert our role in helping shape the government’s foreign policy," she said in a statement.

Two Senate resolutions were filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV in May.

Senate Resolution 722 filed by Trillanes seeks to conduct an inquiry on China’s installation of missile systems on 3 fortified outposts in the Spratly Islands.

Aquino, in Senate Resolution 723, said the country must protect its sovereign rights and preserve the national security and interests.

Legarda said her panel will be joined by the committee on national defense and security chaired by Senator Gregorio Honasan.

"We will soon conduct a public hearing and I will work with my colleagues...in determining how best to support current initiatives to diffuse the tension, while at the same time protecting our sovereignty and territorial rights," she said.

"I maintain the view that diplomacy plays a key role in finding long term and durable solutions to the West Philippine Sea issue." - report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News