June 10, 2011
MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Francis Pangilinan on Friday said the Philippines must not allow itself to be bullied by China’s “arrogance” in the dispute over the Spratly islands.
“Bakit tayo hihingi ng permiso sa kanila? Kaya nga disputed ang area na ito eh,” he told reporters. “We should not allow ourselves to be intimidated.”
Pangilinan added that the Philippines must press on with its diplomatic protest against China as a way of showing it cannot be bullied.
He said China’s actions are unbecoming of a world power.
“Dapat ‘yon malaking bansa, ‘yon ‘yong dapat maging mapagkumbaba,” Pangilinan said.
The Philippines on Thursday maintained its ownership of Reed Bank, amid a reported call of China to all claimants of the Spratly Islands to stop all forms of explorations in the South China Sea.
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