MANILA, Philippines – In a country where voters are “worldier” and where millions are part of the global diaspora, where does the ruling political party’s standard-bearer stand when it comes to global issues?
Manuel Roxas II enumerated the “biggest threats” to the Philippines as it faces territorial issues with its neighbors, stronger and more frequent typhoons, and the rise of fundamentalism. (The Leader I Want: Mar Roxas’ to-fix list for 2016)
US VS CHINA. Roxas said the “increasing competition” between the world’s two biggest economies – the United States and China – is a “given.”
“It will be fought in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea),” added Roxas.
China claims most of the sea, including areas the Philippines claims at its own.
President Benigno Aquino II, who endorses Roxas’ candidacy, will likely be most remembered for his strong stance against China. Roxas, a member of Aquino’s Cabinet since 2011 up until mid-2015, shares the same stand as Aquino.