By Ana Jacinta Olabre
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines should adopt Vietnam’s strategic acts on “diplomacy, security and defense” over the South China Sea dispute, said former national security adviser Roilo Golez on Wednesday.
The former national security adviser emphasized that the Philippines should examine the model of Vietnam in pursuing its foreign policy during the Stratbase ADR Institute forum, one year after the verdict of the Philippines’ arbitration case against China on the maritime territorial dispute.
“The Philippines should learn from Vietnam on matters of diplomacy, security and defense. For example, strengthening ties with the US,” Golez said.
On July 12 last year, the United Nations-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration based in The Hague, Netherlands had refuted China’s nine-dash line claim over the disputed waters and ruled in favor of the Philippines’ nautical claims in South China Sea.
However, China refused to recognize the arbitration ruling as it declares its legal justification and historic claim over the disputed waters.
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