TAIPEI, Taiwan (The Adobo Chronicles, Taipei Bureau) – Philippine Senator Risa Hontiveros may have been confused, or simply ignorant when she recently met with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen.
The opposition senator took pride in bringing up with Ing-wen the issue on the West Philippine Sea in which the Philippines is involved in a territorial dispute with the People’s Republic of China.
Hontiveros may not have been briefed beforehand that the Philippines adheres to a “One China Policy,”recognizing that PRC is the only legitimate China.
Or did the senator think Taiwan can help resolve the Philippines’ issue with PRC? Or worse, did she think she was meeting with the president of PRC?
Many believe that while she is a senator, Hontiveros does not have authority to speak on behalf of the Executive Department regarding a policy issue that truly belongs to the Philippine president, i.e., President Bongbong Marcos.