President should echo sentiment of Filipino public, not of China – Hontiveros

“Malacañang should denounce China’s statement. It is long overdue. It is disturbing to read that China’s position of relegating our 2016 victory to “waste paper” is similar to how President Duterte described this award,” Senator Risa Hontiveros said in a statement

“The words that come out of the President’s mouth should echo the sentiment of the Filipino public, not of China. I have previously called on the President to retract his previous statement. He cannot abandon his duty to represent and fight for the best interest of the Philippines. He owes every Filipino that,” Hontiveros added.

“I unequivocally condemn Chinese Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian’s statement that described our 2016 Hague victory as “nothing more than a piece of waste paper” and that it is “illegal, null, and void”,” she added.

“On what planet does he think China is? The entire world has accepted and honored this landmark legal decision. The Arbitral Award has made it clear that China’s nine-dash-line claim has neither historic nor legal basis as China cannot exceed what nations are entitled to under UNCLOS,” the senator said.