Sotto expects 'friendly' talk with Chinese envoy on West PH Sea

Senate President Tito Sotto is looking forward to an 'informal meeting' with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian next week to discuss issues in the West Philippine Sea.

5/6/2021 1:35:00 PM

Senate President Vicente 'Tito' Sotto III is looking forward to an 'informal meeting' with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian next week to discuss issues in the West Philippine Sea.

Senate President Tito Sotto is looking forward to an 'informal meeting' with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian next week to discuss issues in the West Philippine Sea.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 12)— Senate President Vicente"Tito" Sotto III is looking forward to an"informal meeting" with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian next week to discuss issues in the West Philippine Sea.

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Speaking to Senate reporters on Thursday, Sotto said a friend, whom he did not name, invited him to an event on Tuesday, May 11, which will also be attended by Huang.When asked if they will talk about the continued presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea, Sotto said he's certain the matter will be discussed.

"I need not bring it up; I'm sure he'll bring it up also. If not, I'll ask him about it," Sotto said."Parang tayong magkaibigan - ano ba pare, paano ba natin maaayos tong bakuran natin, di ba?"[Translation: Like in a conversation between friends - hey buddy, how can we fix this, right?] headtopics.com

Sotto called it his"own little way" of helping find out"what we can do to better foster friendly relationships with them."The Philippineshas been sending diplomatic protests to Chinasince March as the military keeps on spotting Chinese militia and fishing vessels in areas within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea.

Although the 2016 arbitral ruling recognizes the Philippines' sovereign rights over areas in its 200-nautical mile EEZ that China contests, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesdaydownplayed the landmark decision as a mere piece of paper.Duterte has been criticized for having a defeatist stance on the maritime row, but Sotto said he understands where the President is coming from.

"Of course, the ruling favors us but what does it contain? It didn't say that China should leave.Sinasabi lang na meron tayong karapatan doon(It just says we have rights there)," Sotto said.He added there are only two options moving forward.

"One, negotiate. Two, go to war. Which one do you want? If I were the President, I will ask those critics," Sotto said. Read more: CNN Philippines »

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Senate president leveling to only in ambasador find another way or not... SEN UPAKAN AT BATOKAN N'YO NA. HUWAG MONG HAYAAN NA MAUNAHAN KA. KUNG BAGA MAGPAKA-FPG,KARDO O LITO ANG LININGS MO. HALA BIRA,HALA BIRA. WE HAVE YOUR BACK COVERED. Sotto said Sotto said. 'Parang tayong magkaibigan - ano ba pare, paano ba natin maaayos tong bakuran natin, di ba?' Friendly Talk: 'Pare Puede ba kami mamasyal sa sarili namin bakuran pakiusap lang...'

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