President Rodrigo Duterte during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday, July 22, 2019. SCREENGRAB FROM
MANILA, Philippines — “In due time.”
President Rodrigo Duterte said this Monday as he touched the issue on the country’s sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea in his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa.
“Of course we will do, in due time,” said Duterte on enforcing the historical arbitral ruling, which favored the Philippines and invalidated China’s nine-dash line that claims almost all of the South China Sea including the West Philippine Sea.
He noted that asserting the country’s rights at this point would result in war.
“A shooting war is grief and misery multiplier. War leaves widows and orphans in its wake,” he said.
“I am not ready or inclined for the occurrence of more destruction of more widows and more orphans should war, even on a limited scale, break out,” he added. /kga
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