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Koko: How can PH stop China when even US can’t?

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Senator Koko Pimentel on Tuesday defended the Duterte administrations from claims it is doing nothing against China’s actions in the West Philippine Sea after the latest Social Weather Stations survey showed that a large majority of Filipinos, or 84 percent, reject the government’s “do nothing” policy on the country’s maritime claims.

“The government under President Duterte did something,” he insisted.

“True, we failed to stop the militarization but the US ALSO FAILED TO STOP IT,” Pimentel said in a text message to reporters.

“We are talking about militarization. If the US failed to stop it, do we really think the Philippines can stop the military maneuvering of a country the US cannot even stop?” he said.

“So what did the Duterte admin do? We befriended China, our giant neighbor to the north, which fortunately also wants to befriend us,” he said.

“Why should we fight when we can be friends? At the same time, we are NOT GIVING up any of our claims and our gains like the arbitral ruling,” Pimentel said.

“Mag kaso tayo kung kailangan pero puede pa rin naman maging mga magkaibigan,” he said.