By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted yesterday a resolution seeking to recognize and fully support the efforts of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to bring peace, reconciliation, prosperity, and stability in the Korean Peninsula.
House Resolution 2351, principally authored by former Speaker and Quezon City Rep. Feliciano R. Belmonte Jr., unanimously hurdled the panel.
Belmonte, chairman of the panel, sought the plenary adoption of the resolution, which got the backing of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Yesterday, the Belmonte panel approved the committee report on HR 2351 endorsing it for plenary approval.
Belmonte cited that the leaders of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic Republic of Korea engaged in a series of diplomatic efforts in order to achieve permanent peace in the Korean Peninsula.
“The Philippine House of Representatives takes note of the developments in the Korean Peninsula in which peace and stability are of paramount interest for the Philippines and the entire region,” he said.
President Moon attended three rounds of inter-Korean summit held on April 27 and May 26 last year in Panmunjeom, North Korea and on September 18 to 20 in Pyongyang, North Korea to meet with Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea.
“Resulting from the efforts of President Moon Jae-in, the South and North Korea have agreed to adopt a set of concrete measures to completely denuclearize the Peninsula with Pyongyang committing to shut down its missile engine testing facility and missile launch pad with experts from allied countries participating in the process and permanently close its nuclear facilities in Yongbyon in line with corresponding US security guarantees, ” Belmonte said.
Moon and Kim adopted the Panmunjeom Declaration committing both parties to reconnect the blood relations of the people and bring forward the future of co-prosperity and unification led by the Koreans by facilitating comprehensive and groundbreaking advancement in inter-Korean relations and make joint efforts to alleviate the acute military tension and practically eliminate the danger of war on the Korean Peninsula. In that declaration, the two Korean leaders also committed to actively cooperate to establish a permanent and solid peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
Under the declaration, they also agreed that the Korean Peninsula must be turned into a land of peace free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threats.
“This historic endeavor of both Korean leaders to permanently end decades of hostilities in the Korean Peninsula marks an important step in achieving peace and stability not only between the two countries but in the entire region as well,” Belmonte said.