PH should continue support for peace in Korean peninsula, says Legarda

April 28, 2018

MANILA – The Philippines should continue its support for efforts towards peace in the Korean peninsula, the head of the Senate foreign relations committee said Saturday.

Sen. Loren Legarda hailed Friday’s announcement of the leaders of North and South Korea to end the war on their divided peninsula as she called for Manila’s sustained support for the move.

“The Philippines should continue extending its support and hand of assistance in whatever way in order to help the Korean Peninsula and the region at large achieve lasting peace and stability,” she said in a statement.

In a historic summit on Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korea President Moon Jae-in said they have agreed to pursue permanent peace and the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Last year, the Philippines was among countries that expressed concern over North Korea’s missile program.

Manila called on Pyongyang to commit to “making meaningful progress” towards peace following its series of ballistic missile tests last year.

“The agreement forged by the leaders of North and South Korea at the recent Summit – to end decades of hostility and to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons – is a huge step in this direction,” Legarda said.

“We have always believed in promoting peace through dialogue and cooperation,” she added.