An activist protests against the alleged sinking of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. Photo: EPA-EFE

Duterte slams critics as he invokes Philippine-US defence pact over South China Sea dispute

  • Responding to accusations he has been too soft on China, the president called for the US to ‘gather their fleet’ in the disputed waterway
  • Duterte insisted that the Philippines was still the ‘owner’ of the West Philippine Sea, as it is known in the country
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An activist protests against the alleged sinking of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. Photo: EPA-EFE
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