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Duterte’s hands off policy over South China Sea seen as bad move: ‘Worst possible strategy’

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President Rodrigo Duterte is making a “bad choice” by taking a hands off policy on the country’s territorial dispute in the South China.

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay called the move as the “worst possible strategy.”

“This policy of leaving the South China Sea ‘untouched’ simply translates to the Philippines not doing anything while everyone else, especially, China, are fortifying their positions by changing facts on the ground,” read his Twitter post.

“We’re the only ones who lose here,” Hilbay stressed.

Duterte pointed out China was the top “economic powerhouse” which the Philippines should keep as a friend.

“The South China Sea is better left untouched. Nobody can afford to go to war,” Duterte stated.