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Pacquiao slams Pres. Duterte’s action over territorial dispute in West Philippine Sea

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Senator Manny Pacquiao, a former boxing champion who is now running for president, sparred with incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte over territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea. He stated that if he were elected president, he would not be bullied by China.

“I dare you, bother the Filipino fishermen and I’m the one you would have to face,” Pacquiao said in comments addressed at China. “To be bullied is not in my vocabulary.”

President Rodrigo Duterte has called for dialogue with China over the conduct of its military, coast guard and fishing fleet in waters around the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.

China reiterates its claims of sovereignty in the disputed waterway whenever Manila complains about its actions towards Filipino fishermen.

Pacquiao vowed to deploy navy ships in the disputed waters to protect his country’s fishermen if necessary, and said he valued his country’s relationship with the United States, which he called “our best friend.”

His impoverished beginnings made him the best person to take on the presidency, because he understood what it was like to be poor, he said. “If we are going to discuss poverty, that is not a concept for Manny Pacquiao. I felt and lived that and that is why I want to lift the people out of poverty.”

Pacquiao retired from boxing in September after the sport brought him huge riches to propel him from humble beginnings as a dirt-poor youngster doing odd jobs to survive.

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