“The foreign policy of this country and the defense of this country cannot depend on the personal friendship of the President,” Senator Richard Gordon said during the June 27 Kapihan sa Senado.
He said that President Duterte should consult Congress on the matter of allowing Chinese fishermen to fish along the country’s exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea.
However, Gordon said that the act of allowing is an act of sovereignty.
“But again it’s also an act of sovereignty to allow a country to fish with you. In fact there are provisions in the UNCLOS that if you cannot fish or if there’s a surplus and if you allow other countries to fish, you may allow it. That’s an act of sovereignty,” Gordon said.
“But the President should consult Congress on that matter,” he said.