Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc praised President Rodrigo Duterte’s way of handling the issue over disputed waters in the South China Sea.
This was disclosed to reporters by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque after the both parties’ bilateral meeting recently in Singapore.
Roque said Nguyễn raised the case as he seeks to get the support of the President in its joint filling for an extended continental shelf wiith Malaysia in the disputed waters.
“Ang Vietnam naman ay humingi ng tulong dahil meron silang joint submission for an extended continental shelf with Malaysia,” he said.
The spokesperson added this may lead to a cooperation between the two nation in portions of the South China Sea.
“Ang sabi po ng Vietnam, hinahangaan po nila ang naging posisyon ng Pilipinas pagdating sa China sa usapin ng West Philippine Sea. At dahil diyan magkakaroon ng mas madaming kooperasyon sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at ng Vietnam tungkol nga dito sa West Philippine Sea,” he said.
Quoting the Vietnamese leader, Roque said: “We [Vietnam] will learn from his [President Duterte’s] handling of China. The President handled China very well.”
Duterte, meanwhile, said he will study how the Philippines could help Vietnam.
“He will study the option on how the Philippines can be involved in the ongoing joint claim for an extended continental shelf between Vietnam and Malaysia,” Roque said.