Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Deputy Speaker and Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao and AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe said backdoor negotiations are among the peaceful strategies that could be explored to ease the tension between Manila and Beijing over the West Philippine Sea.
Belmonte said the back channeling idea should involve government representatives who have a deep grasp of the issues involved.
Aggabao, for his part said engagement is always a better option than confrontation. However, he said he does not expect substantive result right away through back channeling.
Batocabe, a member of the House committee on foreign affairs, said back channel talks should be done confidentially.