MANILA, Philippines – Amid the ongoing tension between Russia and Ukraine, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said countries should stop fighting.
“We have to stop the fighting and we have to move on to diplomacy so that, we at least, these other aspects of the Ukrainian and Russian economy can be productive again,” the President said, responding to a question regarding his position on the latest joint statement on the Russia-Ukraine war.
During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, at least 21 members of the summit issued a joint statement condemning the war, noting the economic impacts it had caused in the world.
The joint declaration highlighted the immense human suffering and the war’s impact on economic growth, including food security.
Marcos added that the Philippines believes in self-determination and peace, adding that war is unacceptable.
“War…is unacceptable and we ask all parties involved. There were several speeches that I made, all of them included urging that peace be brought back to Ukraine and that the confrontation be brought to the diplomatic space.”
Shortly after the war broke in Ukraine, the Philippines immediately condemned Russia’s invasion. The Philippines also voted to support a United Nations General Assembly resolution that condemned Russia’s actions against Ukraine.
During Ukraine’s 31st anniversary of independence on August 24, at least 18 envoys in the Philippines declared their countries’ solidarity with Ukraine. – with reports from Bea Cupin/Rappler.com