12 months Gordon welcomes Senate floor debates on territorial claims issues MB
By Mario Casayuran Senator Richard J. Gordon welcomed Wednesday a Senate floor debate on multi-faceted maritime and military issues surrounding conflicting territorial claims over parts of the South China Sea. Senator Richard Gordon(CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN) Gordon thanked neophyte Senator Francis Tolentino for triggering the debate when he defended President Duterte’s verbal agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping that Chinese fishermen could catch fish in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said the Senate, a treaty-ratifying body, cannot act on the mere verbal agreement between two heads of state. The debate, according to Gordon, ... more