Calida tells Duterte’s WPS policy critics to become president first

Politics & Governance

Solicitor General Jose Calida, in an interview with CNN Philippines’ The Source, said that those who are opposing President Rodrigo Duterte’s way of handling the West Philippine Sea dispute and the arbitration tribunal’s ruling should become president first.

“You know this is a matter of foreign relations and under our laws and Constitution, the chief architect of foreign policy is President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and not any interloper who probably wants to be president,” Calida said.

“He should be president before he contests what the chief architect of foreign policy is doing. And I think you know who that person is,” he added.

Calida did not mention the name of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, but Carpio is one of the most vocal when it comes to the enforcement of the landmark arbitral ruling. Justice Carpio recently outlined some ways of enforcing the ruling without going to war.