Pres. Duterte Speaks on West Philippine Sea Issue
DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte claimed many will die from “kunsumisyon” over the West Philippine Sea issue but he is not one of those who will.
One the top topics now is the West Philippine Sea. There is ongoing territorial dispute between the Philippines and China over the WPS despite the arbitral tribunal’s 2016 ruling.
The issue between China and the Philippines which both assert ownership over the WPS reached the arbitral court. In 2016, it released its decision favoring the claims of the Philippines. However, China did not honor the verdict of the tribunal and continued to make its presence felt in the disputed islands.
A lot of Filipinos are undeniably calling for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to assert the country’s claims over the West Philippine Sea. However, according to the President, he did not promise anything about the WPS when he ran for the presidency.
The Chief Executive further expressed that his previous statement that he will ride a jetski and plant the Philippine flag in the disputed Spratly’s Island was just a joke. It gained different reactions from the people.
Others assert that the President must lead in pushing for the rights and claims of the Philippines while some are looking into a bigger problem now – the COVID-19 pandemic and believe it must be attended first.
Recently, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte spoke on the West Philippine Sea. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Chief Executive stressed that COVID-19 is fatal while the West Philippine Sea is not. According to him, many will die from “kunsumisyon” or exasperation over the WPS issue but he will not be one of those who will.
“Ang COVID-19, nakakamatay. Ang West Philippine Sea, hindi—maraming mamatay sa kunsumisyon. Pero hindi ako,” Pres. Duterte expressed.
Previously, the Chief Executive stressed that China said yes when he asked for help over the COVID-19 vaccines without a condition about the disputed islands. He asserted about the countries sense of gratitude to China which donated vaccines to the Philippines.
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