Many Philippine presidential candidates want the country to take a tougher stance against China on the South China Sea issue.

One of those is Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo. According to Bloomberg, at the Commission on Election’s debate on April 3, she said that the country must rally the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in creating a code of conduct with China, using the 2016 success at the Hague ruling, in which Beijing’s nine-dash line claim was rejected in the South China Sea.

Another candidate, former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales, said Asean should shift to a majority vote instead of a consensus, as some members are aligned with China.

Meanwhile, another candidate, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno, said he would ask the United Nations to officially recognize the Hague ruling “because our neighboring countries have their personal interests.”

The Philippine presidential election will be held this May.

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