ILIGAN CITY Rep. Frederick Siao on Tuesday declared support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s non-confrontational strategy in resolving dispute by claimants to the South China Sea (SCS).
“As a Member of the House Committees on the East ASEAN Growth Area, Economic Affairs, and Mindanao Affairs, I support President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s non-confrontational strategy to seek consensus on an ASEAN Code of Conduct in the South China Sea,” Siao said in a statement.
“In my view, President Duterte seeks the effective, pragmatic solution of cooperation and mutual gains. Given the overlapping claims that really is the appropriate approach instead of the winner takes all stance of the critics the President refers to as “hotheads” who prefer animosity and discord over consensus,” said Siao.
Siao said critics of the president’s approach to the issue only have extrapolations and suppositions due to lack first hand knowledge while Duterte and his close advisers really know the cards to deal in the ongoing high seas poker match.
“I see that the President knows the negotiations and confidence-building will take time and effort because that is what is required of lasting solutions, while the critics prefer quick, short-lived fixes,” said Siao.