By Leslie Ann Aquino
A Catholic prelate said President Duterte’s credibility will further erode should he fail to raise the arbitral ruling that nullified China’s claim in the South China when he visits Beijing this month.
“If he says so, he must do it. Otherwise his credibility will be more and more eroded,” Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said.
As it is, he said many people are starting to dislike the President’s stance on the issue.
“He seems to be afraid of China but very brave against the United Nations,” said Bastes.
On Tuesday, the President revealed his plan to raise the arbitral ruling when he visits China later this month.
Other prelates welcomed this development saying it’s about time that the country assert its right and sovereignty.
“It is a welcome development to invoke and defend our internationally recognized rights. I hope Duterte has the guts to demand this from China,” Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said.
“This is a very encouraging and decisive action of our president. It is about time that we assert our right and sovereignty.
What is rightfully ours we legally protect and morally promote,” said Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos.
“We support our president, we stand by him,” he added.
Bishop Santos asked everyone to pray for the success of the President’s visit.
“Let us pray as one nation for its successful outcome,” he said.