Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AP Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AP
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AP

South China Sea: Duterte’s UN speech defending award wins praise – even from critics

  • In Duterte’s first speech at the UN General Assembly, he rejected attempts by states to undermine an arbitral ruling that favours the Philippines’ claims
  • While critics have welcomed this move, one expert says the speech will not change the status quo and could be a way to divert attention from domestic woes

Topic |   The Philippines
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AP Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AP
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo: AP
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