Apr 29, 2021 @ 18:24

Ikaw ang nagsuko! Carpio exposes Duterte’s defeatist attitude in West PH Sea

Malacañang has been accusing retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio of making things complicated about the South China Sea dispute, but there’s really no one to blame but President Rodrigo Duterte.

Carpio refuted Duterte’s late Wednesday night statement reducing all he did to defend the West Philippine Sea by saying that the country simply owed a debt of gratitude to China, especially for free COVID-19 vaccines.

In a statement, the legal luminary said it was his idea in 2012 to bring the issue to the tribunal in The Hague to resolve conflicting claims to the West Philippine Sea, which the country eventually won in 2016.

“Unfortunately, President Duterte, who had assumed office by then, announced that he was ‘setting aside’ the Arbitral Award in favor of seeking loans and investments from China amounting to US$22 billion. Today, less than 5 percent of those loans and investments have materialized even as President Duterte is already leaving office next year,” Carpio said.

He also faulted Duterte for letting China fish freely in Philippine waters and for not defending Sandy Cay from Beijing’s incursion.

“Filipinos deserve, and should demand, a President who loves Filipinos first and foremost and who will uncompromisingly defend Philippine sovereignty and sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea,” Carpio added.

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