“Indeed we are not asked by China to cower. I can vouch for that since my sovereign assertiveness in the South China Sea is the model for Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. said in a Twitter post commenting of Senator Risa Hontiveros’ Independence Day statement addressing Filipinos not to cower before China.
“I’ve stood up for our independence as no foreign secretary has in our entire history. Name me another,” Secretary Locsin added.
Senator Hontiveros cited Chinese government’s brazen defiance of the law evident in its continued aggression over the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the West Philippine Sea.
According to her, is not just a clear violation of the country’s rights under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea but it also poses a massive danger to Filipino fishermen who have been bullied, rammed and left to die on the high seas.
“We should not hurt China’s feelings daw. Pero yung mga Pinoy, sakit na sakit na. Tinalikuran na ang tungkulin sa Konstitusyon, tinalikuran na tayong mga Pilipino para sa sinasabi nilang ‘kaibigan’.” Hontiveros said. “Kahit ang pagkakaibigan may hangganan lalo na kung nang-aabuso at walang kompromiso.”