By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
MANILA – Following the success of the Trump-Kim summit, the leadership of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) will be sending a delegation to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to boost ties between Manila and Pyongyang.
PDP Laban Public Information Committee chair Ronwald Munsayac confirmed that the party leadership is preparing to send representatives to the North Korean capital as early as next month to meet their counterparts from the Worker’s Party, the political party of Kim Jong-un.
“Most likely between July and August,” said Munsayac.
Munsayac said the delegation will be led Cagayan Economic Zone Authority Administrator Raul Lambino, the ruling party’s vice president for international affairs.
PDP Laban last year also established formal ties with the Communist Party of China (CPC) and United Russia respectively.
On Saturday, PDP Laban vice chair and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said that as part of the Duterte Administration’s independent foreign policy, “the Philippines should not hesitate to reframe our relations with countries that we have not significantly engaged with in the past.”
Manila and Pyongyang first established formal relations on July 12, 2000, when then Foreign Affairs Secretary Domingo L. Siazon, Jr. and DPRK Ambassador to Thailand Jo In-chol signed a joint communique declaring the establishment of relations at the ambassadorial level. Cusi said.
Cusi said the ruling party “is ready to do its part to facilitate closer ties” with the DPRK” just like what they did with their Chinese and Russian counterparts.
“The PDP Laban delegation is charged with the task of forging closer party-to-party and people-to-people ties between our two countries. We offer to the DFA our services to help establish more formal relations between our governments,” said Cusi.