Can we talk to China on West Philippine Sea?: First of a series


Esteban G. Pena Sy


The Manila Times


 June 2, 2016


MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte has been elected as our new President for the next six years. The whole nation puts high hopes on him for bringing changes to the political, economic and social life of our people, maybe even the directions of our diplomatic relations. The President-elect has already indicated that he will initiate peace talks with both the leftist organizations and the Muslim separatist groups. He also mentioned that his government will seek dialogues with China for a peaceful settlement of the territorial dispute over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). If the President-elect can successfully achieve all these objectives, he will be the most qualified person to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.