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Senator Leila de Lima said President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to lift the moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea put him a step closer to his desire for a joint project with China in the disputed region.

She said this development showed that the President was not serious about invoking the Philippines’ victory over China in the arbitral court before the United Nations.

“When Duterte said before the UN that the Hague ruling is beyond compromise, he must have meant: unless China says otherwise. Because here he is now taking a step closer to the realization of his joint exploration deal with his BFF,” the incarcerated De Lima said in a series of tweets.

“Asa pa tayong paninindigan nya ang sinabi nya sa UN, eh halatang nagsinungaling at nagpaka-plastic lang sya doon,” she said.

“Tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pagtatraydor at pagbebenta nya sa ating soberanya kapalit ng mga loans at concessions na luging-lugi ang Pilipino,” De Lima said.

“Yan ang legasiya ni Duterte: Ang pigain nang pigain ang yaman at interes ng bansa para gawing paraiso ng pinagsisilbihan nyang Tsina,” she said.

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