PH should invest in weaponsry than' throwing money at poverty'- Locsin

PH should invest in weaponsry than' throwing money at poverty'- Locsin

This will be a contentious issue.
Amidst the problem with China in the West Philippine Sea along with the other claimants in the region, Foreign Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. tweeted a very interesting proposal.
In his response to Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson’s, reminded Locsin of the 2013 China Daily Mail report, which posted the transcript of China’s then Major General Zhang Zhaozhong’s TV interview in Beijing.

DFA Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin. Jr.

In the said report, General Zhaozhong revealed China’s strategy to recover all the “Chinese islands and reefs illegally occupied by the Philippines.”

“SFA [Secretary of Foreign Affairs] Teddy Boy, a wide reader that you are, I just thought you might have skipped this one which shows the mindset of China on WPS [West Philippine Sea],” Lacson tweeted with the link of the said report.

“For whatever it is worth, I hope it will further enrich your perspective from the point of view of foreign policy,”  senator Lacson added.

Responding to Lacson’s tweet, Secretary Locsin said: “It is a Free World now after the CIA  defeated the USSR.”

“Every country can speak whatever is on its mind,” he pointed out.

“What it says should not determine foreign policy but it should inform the national budgetary process that we gotta stop throwing money at poverty and throw it at weaponry,” Locsin added.

Lacson agreed with the view of the foreign secretary, he just pointed out what China had said in the 2013 report “is exactly how they are conducting maneuvers” in the West Philippine Sea.

“Sun Tzu’s ‘winning a thousand battles if you know yourself and your enemy’ easily comes to mind. I’m no expert [in] foreign policy but I feel it is my duty to  inform and help,” he said in a later tweet to Locsin.

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