“Vassal no more.”
This was the reaction of Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson, chairman of the Senate national defense and security committee, upon hearing that President Duterte invoked the ruling of a United Nations Arbitration Court rejecting the ‘’historical’’ claim of China over most parts of the South China and favoring the Philippine maritime clam over the West Philippine Sean (WPS) in a speech at the UN General Assembly last Wednesday.
‘’Filipinos from both sides of the political aisle should feel proud hearing the President express his strong and unequivocal position on the WPS issue. His statement should erase all doubts on where he stands,’’ Lacson said.
‘’More importantly, I hope that China heard the President’s message loud and clear,’’ he added.