Vice President Leni Robredo (FILE PHOTO)
Roque on Monday dared Vice President Leni Robredo to debate with him on China’s seizure of areas in the West Philippine Sea, noting her continuous criticism on the administration’s handling of the maritime dispute.
“Since Vice President Leni keeps talking about this, maybe she wants us to debate,” the Palace official said in his televised briefing.
“That’s dorm-mate versus dorm-mate,” said Roque, referring to his and Robredo’s days as University of the Philippines students. “Friends can debate,” he added.
He said the face-off between them could revolve around whether President Rodrigo Duterte’s foreign policy led to “derogation of sovereignty or the loss of Philippine territory.”
During his briefing, Roque also said “someone from the opposition” should stand up to debate on whether or not President Duterte gave away Philippine territory to China.
On her radio program Sunday, Robredo also raised concerns over Duterte’s remarks belittling the country’s 2016 arbitral victory against China, noting its implications for the Philippines.
Robredo is an ally of former President Benigno Aquino III, and serves as the figurehead of the opposition.
Duterte has blamed the Aquino administration for the loss of Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea after a 2012 standoff between the Philippine Coast Guard and the Chinese Coast Guard.
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