By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.
SORSOGON CITY (BicolToday.com/21-March-2013) – Re-electionist Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel defends the stand of President Aquino in handling the Sabah crisis, saying that foreign policy directions are best left to the President, this domain is purely executive, was how he summed-up his answer during a media inter-action on Tuesday.
The Senator was in Sorsogon as part of his campaign swing nationwide, reminding voters how he was deprived of his seat for close to four years because of the scandalous senatorial results of 2007.
Pressed further, Pimentel said the President has all it takes to come-up with the best solution to the Sabah problem, “he can do it by back door diplomacy, direct government to government contact or find an acceptable emissary wherein interest of all stakeholders can be assess to arrive at a conciliatory solutions.”
He said the Senate’s role in foreign policy is to review treaties, conduct oversight on foreign relations thus, it is not in a position to know the official stand of the President, confidential information or not are glimpsed by us, either in the media or press office of the President.
“Foreign policy is a delicate matter, confidence building is necessary to achieve results, we have to have data, need to analyze critical information, a senator don’t have an executive department to back-staff its work,” describing his foreign policy stand.
In the same forum, Pimentel had the time to reconnect with his student days, saying that he laments the tragedy that befell the UP System lately wherein an Iskolar ng Bayan committed suicide, but, the system is autonomous, and that issue he would not discuss. [BicolToday.com]