“We are not inutile as a country. We belong to the community of nations and we are all bound by the rule of law that is internationally recognized. There lies our strength,” Senator Ping Lacson said after President Rodrigo Duterte said in his SONA 2020 “China has the arms, we do not have it.”
“Being weak is weakness enough but to let our adversary know how helpless we are will discourage even our allies to stand by our side,” Senator Lacson said quoting from Sun Tzu’s Art of War.
President Duterte said that “unless we are prepared to go to war, I would suggest that we better just call off and treat this (West Philippine Sea dispute), I said, with diplomatic endeavors. China is claiming it. We are claiming it. China has the arms, we do not have it.”
“They are in possession. So what can we do? We have to go to war and I cannot afford it. Maybe some other president can, but I cannot. Inutil ako diyan, sabihin ko sa inyo. And I’m willing to admit it. Talagang inutil ako diyan. Wala akong magawa,” President Duterte added.