‘Why the closeness to China?’ Sereno asks Duterte
“Why the closeness to China?”
Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno asked this to President Rodrigo Duterte during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s two-day state visit to the country.
“We as a nation, especially our President, should not forget what is most important to Filipinos – love of God, freedom and dignity of every human being, preservation of the Philippines for Filipinos,” Sereno said in a statement.
“China opposes and crushes those values. Why the closeness to China and the repudiation of our international friends who share these values? Don’t negate who we are as a people, Mr. President,” she added.
It can be recalled that the President has expressed disdain towards the international community’s criticism on his administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.
Meanwhile, China has claimed nearly the entire South China Sea, including parts of the West Philippine Sea.
However, the United Nations (UN) Arbitral Tribunal ruled in favor of the country’s sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea in July 2016, a ruling that China refused to recognize.
Duterte has chosen to set aside the ruling and engaged China in bilateral talks. /je
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.