Philippine Sen. Manny Pacquiao would “assert” Manila’s territorial rights in the South China Sea before the United Nations (U.N.) if elected president of the Philippines in 2022, Pacquiao’s vice-presidential running mate, Lito Atienza, told reporters on Monday.
“Manny Pacquiao would assert the Philippines’ right to the West Philippine Sea before the United Nations,” Atienza told the Philippine news site ABS-CBN on November 22.
“We will seriously take the Philippines claims to the United Nations,” the politician, who served as Manila’s mayor from 1998 to 2007, said.
“The claims and counterclaims are there. That is where we should show our decisiveness, our knowledge, or courage,” the vice-presidential hopeful added.
Atienza used the term “West Philippine Sea,” which is Manila’s name for the section of