“Do not believe in that s*** that it was during my time that this was arbitral ruling was handed down. Of course, it was not,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during the groundbreaking of Vista Alegre Homes for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) in Talisay City, Negros Occidental on May 20.
The Philippine government filed a case against China’s massive claim in West Philippine Sea under the Aquino administration, however, the Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague released its ruling on July 12, 2016.
President Duterte was sworn to office on June 30, 2016.
“The fate of that started two months before, three months before akong pumasok. Because it was already announced there was the arbitration decision,” he noted.
“Dumating lang nga ‘yung papel sa atin, officially it was handed to us,” Duterte said.