De Lima to Duterte : 'be Filipino in face of China's threats'

De Lima to Duterte : 'be Filipino in face of China's threats'

Detained Senator Leila De Lima has a mouthful to say to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

De Lima gave an advice to Duterte that he  "start being a Filipino" if China becomes aggressive or  threatens the President over the disputed West Philippine Sea waters.

"Ano daw ang magagawa ni Duterte kung binantaan na siya ng China? Well for one, he can start being a Filipino and side with his own countrymen, instead of raising the bogeyman that war is inevitable for any people who dare to stand up to the bullying of a bigger neighbor," De Lima said in a statement.
Detained Senator Leila De Lima (photo credit to owner)

"Kung wala kang magagawa sa pagbabanta ng China, bakit ka pa naging Pangulo?" she said.
De Lima being the fiercest critic of the Duterte administration said, the President   "cannot defend the nation and its sovereignty by appeasing China and turning the country into its satellite state."
"No amount of extensive narration of how Duterte's dialogue with Xi Jinping convinced him to surrender and sue for peace - even before anything close to a war is declared - can justify his capitulation and treason," the senator said.

De Lima was reffering to the statement made by Duterte during the State of the Nation Address (SONA), when he said Chinese President Xi Jinping warned him during a bilateral meeting that confrontation between the two countries in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) “can mean trouble.”

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