Hontiveros urges the public to vote for leaderswho stand up to China

Hontiveros urges the public to vote for leaders
who stand up to China

By Ernie Reyes

Photo courtesy by The Diplomat

MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Saturday said that voters should elect leaders who can stand up to China, as the country commemorates Araw ng Kagitingan today, Saturday, 09 April 2022.

“Pinapaalala ng araw na ito ang puso, pawis, at dugo ng mga sundalo at gerilyang Pilipino na nagbuwis ng buhay para sa kalayaan ng Pilipinas. Huwag natin balewalain ang ala-ala nila. Magluklok tayo ng mga lider na mapagtatanggol tayo tulad ng pagtanggol sa atin ng mga sundalo sa Bataan. We must continue to protect and defend our country against those who threaten our peace, freedom, and sovereignty,” the senator added.

Hontiveros stressed that China remains the biggest threat to our national security, especially because of her numerous and continuous incursions into Philippine territories in the West Philippine Sea.

“Nitong darating na halalan, dapat ang piliin natin ay mga lider na hindi takot tumindig sa Tsina. Iginigiit din natin na ang pagtindig ay hindi katumbas ang digmaan. Kaya nating lumaban sa Tsina nang hindi gumagamit ng dahas. Our country has some of the best and brightest political and diplomatic minds in the region. They give me confidence that we can put a stop to China’s aggression,” Hontiveros said.

The reelectionist senator has filed several Senate Resolutions vis-a-vis China’s activities in the WPS, such as PSR #369, which demands that China pay the over P200 billion worth of ecological damage to our seas, as well as PSR #509, which seeks to investigate the possible collusion of Filipino entities in the building of artificial islands in the WPS.

The senator also highlighted that protecting our sovereignty also means protecting the wealth and resources of our country, as the WPS alone is reported to contain as much as 130 billion barrels of oil.

“Ang kayamanan sa WPS ay atin lang. Ito ay mga yamang makapagbibigay lakas sa ating ekonomiya para sa healthy buhay at hanapbuhay ng lahat. Kaya sa eleksyon, maghalal tayo ng mga pinunong hindi tayo ibebenta sa Tsina. Huwag natin sayangin ang pagkakataong ito,” Hontiveros concluded. (ai/mtvn)

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