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Netizens express disappointment over Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s mum toward the West Philippine Sea issue

During a briefing on April 15, Roque said that Duterte is not obliged to publicize his diplomatic decisions and that people should just let him deal with them in private.

Netizens express disappointment over President Rodrigo Duterte‘s silence over the rising tensions in the West Philippine Sea. ABS-CBN journalist Chiara Zambrano reported on how she and her crew were chased by the Chinese coast guard and navy vessels in the area while trying to do their coverage.

A Netizen said that Filipinos shouldn’t be surprised if they wake up someday that the country will be called the “Philippines Region of China.”

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Another is unsurprised about the Palace’s silence, particularly from Duterte’s end.

Someone resorted to asking Senator Bong Go and Presidental Spokesperson Harry Roque for the President’s plans.

“As long as media and the Government refer to it as the South China Sea and not the West Philippine (Sea), we’re losing,” a Twitter user wrote.

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People also asked Duterte to protect the sovereignty of the Philippines.

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A woman writing a concept paper over the tension with China said that she wished she could exchange Duterte for the West Philippine Sea.

Another pointed out that Duterte curses on his critics but can’t even talk about the issue with China.

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During a briefing on April 15, Roque said that Duterte is not obliged to publicize his diplomatic decisions and that people should just let him deal with them in private.

“Ang larangan ng diplomasya, isang exception to freedom of information. Kung ano man ang ginagawa ng presidente, hayaan na lang nating gawin niya iyon sa pribadong paraan,” Roque stated.

“Hindi naman po dapat inaanunsyo sa publiko ang diplomatic initiatives o anumang hakbang na ginagawa ng Pangulo.”

On the other hand, Zambrano earned praises for her brave coverage of Ayungin Shoal. The ABS-CBN correspondent recently received a plaque of recognition for the report.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana stated that the military force acknowledges the journalistic efforts of Zambrano to raise public awareness of national issues.


Roque then claimed that Duterte has always been “consistent in invoking Philippine sovereignty and sovereign rights” over the West Philippine Sea.

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