Calida: Foreign relations within the presidency’s realm

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Solicitor General Jose Calida on Monday reminded critics of President Duterte’s foreign policy with China that foreign relations is within the realm of the presidency.

“This is a matter of foreign relations and under our laws and Constitution, the chief architect of foreign policy is President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and not any interloper who probably wants to be president,” Calida said.

“He should be President before he contests what the chief architect of foreign policy is doing. And I think you know who that person is,” Calida said referring to Supreme Court Associate Justice Carpio.

Sought for his comment, Carpio said: “The last time I checked, freedom of expression is still enshrined in our Constitution.”

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