Philippine President cannot ‘Surrender’ On WPS Issue – Ping Lacson

Philippine President cannot ‘Surrender’ On WPS Issue – Ping Lacson


Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson has again made headlines, this after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte addressed the nation Monday night (April 19) and took the chance to take a jab at the President.

The Philippines’ Commander-in-Chief cannot afford to send the wrong message – especially implied surrender or resignation – on our territorial disputes with China in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) , senator said. >

Duterte last Monday said the Philippines may risk bloodshed and a no-win situation if it asserts its jurisdiction.

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“He’s the leader of our country and he’s the commander-in-chief of our armed forces. He can think of anything and speak about anything except surrender. Remember, we have an arbitral ruling in our favor and it’s permanent although it’s unenforceable. There are so many things to think about except surrender. We cannot wave the white flag, so to speak,” Lacson said in an interview on CNN Philippines.

“I am not saying the President is actually raising the white flag but that’s the implication. If the officers and men of the AFP would take it that way, it could be disastrous to Philippine sovereignty,” he added.

The senator took note of the previous statements of Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin that the country can build strong alliances with other countries.

Lacson reiterates that the Philippines can fina a natural ally with Japan, since it also have a territorial issue with China.

The senator also said the US and Japan have already expressed their willingness to build much stronger alliances with the Philippines. Lacson added the Philippines can conduct joint military exercises with other countries like the US and even Australia.

“So let’s work along that line. We should not feel we’re alone. We cannot really win a war against China. Population-wise less than 1/10 tayo ng China. And military-wise, talagang no contest. But why would we sulk in a corner and think along that line when there are stronger countries, even Europe, they are willing to assist us through the European Union?” he said.



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