The senator and eight-division champion said he found the leader’s stand on the South China Sea was “lacking”. In a late night interview with SMNI news channel on Tuesday, Duterte said Pacquiao, a senator and close ally, should “study first” before weighing
Rodrigo Durterte has issued the blanket ban amid the ongoing maritime tensions between Beijing and Manila. The Philippines’s coastguard has been facing off against Chinese military and fishing vessels that have violated the countries exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea.
The Philippines has ramped up its rhetoric in recent weeks over the lingering presence of hundreds of Chinese boats in its 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), testing relations between two countries that have sought to heal their historic rifts. The Philippine foreign