Duterte says he never promised to 'retake' the West PH Sea, 'pressure China'

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Amid the renewed tension with China, President Duterte said he never promised to take back the West Philippine Sea when he ran during the 2016 presidential campaign. RODRIGUEZ_05042021-1 The President claimed that he avoided discussing territorial dispute during the past campaign, recognizing that such serious matter needed to be diplomatic discussions. “I never never in my campaign as president promised the people that I would retake the West Philippine Sea. I did not promise I would pressure China,” Duterte said during a televised address May 3. “I never promised about the China and the Philippines in my campaign because that...