OPINION: Foreign secretary, envoy belie Duterte account of Xi’s alleged threat of war


Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said he has been in all the bilateral meetings between President Duterte and China’s President Xi Jinping and he has not witnessed any threat of war uttered by the Chinese President.

Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana, who has worked and lived in China as a journalist before he was recruited to the foreign service, said in a TV interview, “The whole idea…therefore that China was bullying us and threatening us just doesn’t pass.”

What does that make of President Duterte, a liar?
In his speech last Friday before the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary at Lanang in Davao City, Duterte expressed his irritation that Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio and former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario think that he is being soft on China.

“At huwag ho kayong maniwala na, for example, Ramon Del Rosario (Note: he must be referring to Albert del Rosario) and itong si Justice Carpio na mahina ang dating ko, na hindi ko ginawa iyong arbitral award as a leverage.”