“The response is we can never be slaves to anyone. Not to anyone – that includes every country in the world,” Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo said during the June 17 Palace press briefing.
Panelo made the statement when asked to comment on the owner of fishing vessel F/B Gem-Ver’s statement saying it seems that we have become slaves of China.
“Parang alipin po tayo ng China. Parang wala tayong karapatan sa sarili nating nasasakupan,” Felix dela Torre said.