President Rodrigo Duterte said at the 122nd anniversary celebration of Presidential Security Group (PSG) at PSG Compound on June 26 that the country only has sovereignty 12 miles from coast.
“Idinemanda natin ang China panahon ni Aquino, which was right. Nanalo tayo, sabi ng arbitral court: Sa Pilipinas ‘yan,” he said. “Hindi ibinigay sa atin ‘yung sovereignty.”
“Our sovereignty is only 12 miles. Ang economic zone, wala tayong sovereignty,” he added. “No country in the world has a sovereignty sa kanyang economic zone – exclusive. It is not a question of sovereignty. Ang recognized lang ‘yung 12.”