Surrendering PH sovereignty over WPS to China is Duterte’s legacy – De Lima

Surrendering PH sovereignty over WPS to China is Duterte’s legacy – De Lima

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima chided Mr. Duterte for his continued refusal to assert the country’s territorial integrity and sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

De Lima, social justice and human rights champion, said Duterte’s recent claim that the Philippines cannot win any fight with China, particularly the dispute in the WPS, without even acting on the issue first, only highlights his cowardice.

“As I’ve said before, nobody really expects Duterte to stand against China’s continued incursion in the WPS, but we cannot ignore his continued cowardice and kowtowing to China,” she said.

“We cannot allow Duterte to brainwash Filipinos into believing that we should not assert our country’s right in the WPS because we are supposedly no match against China – not when we are aware of the country’s arbitral victory against China and definitely not when we are only months short into electing the country’s new leaders,” she added. (ai/mtvn)

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