FACT CHECK | Duterte thinks PHL v. CHN decision under Aquino; No, actually July 12, 2016


President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday scored the United States and the Aquino administration for their failure to stop China from militarizing formations in the disputed South China Sea. Duterte went as far as blame his predecessor President Benigno Aquino III's government for not confronting China even after the country secured a favorable ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration which invalidated the Asian superpower's excessive claims. SOURCE: Duterte errs, claims PHL got ruling vs. China under Aquino Published May 4, 2018 10:29pm Updated May 4, 2018 11:30pm By VIRGIL LOPEZ, GMA News www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/652301/duterte-errs-in-claiming-phl-secured-ruling-vs-china-under-aquino/story/
Pres. Duterte was confused about which administration should enforce the PHL v. CHN ruling.

President Rodrigo Duterte blamed his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, for the artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea, claiming he did not act swiftly enough after securing a legal victory over China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

However, the landmark ruling was issued on July 12, 2016 or after Aquino's presidency which ended on June 30, 2016. The ruling was issued on the second week of Duterte's administration.

"Aquino filed an arbitration case, we won, he was still there. Bakit hindi niya ginawa kung 'yan ang gusto ng mga yellow?" said an outraged Duterte on Friday, May 4, referring to Aquino's Liberal Party. (Why didn't he do it if that's what the yellows wanted?) SOURCE: Duterte falsely claims Hague ruling issued during Aquino presidency; Pia Ranada @piaranada Published 8:25 PM, May 04, 2018 Updated 8:27 PM, May 04, 2018; https://www.rappler.com/nation/201801-duterte-claims-hague-ruling-issued-aquino-presidency

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