Tuesday, November 14, 2017

De Lima: Duterte's conduct over West Philippine sea is “treasonous", "good lapdog to his Chinese masters"

Manila, Philippines - Detained Senator Leila De Lima has dispatched another letter from her cell on Tuesday.

In the said letter, she’s once again criticized President Rodrigo Duterte accusing the latter of "relinquishing" disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea and called the President’s behavior as “treasonous."

In her handwritten email, she called on the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to "know treason when it rears its ugly head in your motherland."

"There is no more treasonous conduct and act of betrayal than relinquishing our Spratlys territories in the midst of an international decision saying we have every right to hold on to and defend those islands and atolls as part of our Exclusive Economic Zone, to the exclusion of China," her letter says.

"Do not betray your people and your country in this watershed moment of our sovereignty and independence. Do not follow Duterte down his traitor's path," De Lima wrote, rooting from the order of the president to cancel construction activities on Sandy Cay.

De Lima, who is detained over drug related charges, accused President Duterte of behaving like a  "good lapdog to his Chinese masters" for following the China.

"The AFP should take note that their Commander-in-Chief is fast becoming, if he is not yet, the proverbial Manchurian candidate," De Lima said.

She also brought up the Philippine’s victory over China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, saying the Philippines is backed by international law but the president Duterte continuous to ‘betray’ the country.

"Only our Chinese lackey of a President continues to betray us and our victory, dragging with him the whole Armed Forces who still think they are following orders from a Filipino commander-in-chief, instead of a Chinese lapdog," her letter continues.

"The AFP should be aware that there might be no turning back from this policy of subservience or defeatism. It could be that the status quo of Chinese dominance and Philippines’ defaulting in the Spratlys is firmly irreversible," she added.

Source: GMA News