Foreign Affairs Chief Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the Philippines would only lose in the United Nations once it raised its arbitral win over the disputed sea before the international body.
“We will lose in UN which is dominated by countries grateful to China for its indisputable generosity in development aid,” Locsin said in a tweet.
This was his response to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s statement that bringing the Philippines’ victory against China would be a “futile exercise.”
“We’ve always lost Non-Aligned Movement votes to include our Arbitral Award. My many good friends in UN vote against us. We’ve nothing to comparable to offer,” Locsin went on.
On September 28, the Philippines is scheduled to address the UN, wherein Locsin will represent President Rodrigo Duterte.
However, in another tweet, the foreign affairs chief said that the Filipinos could never drop the “Arbitral Award.”
“Sal, we gotta be realistic. We can never ever give up the Arbitral Award. Our people will kill us in our beds and rape our sons if we do it,” he said.
“But we will never ever get [the] UN to vote for Arbitral Award. So let’s leave it as is; move on to mutual beneficial cooperation. Such is life,” Locsin added.
In 2016, The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in favor of the Philippines, invalidating China’s ownership over the most entirety of the West Philippine Sea.