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CRITICS: Duterte a coward for cancelling Carpio debate

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Critics of President Rodrigo Duterte in social media pushed the hashtag #DuterteDuwag (Duterte is a coward) to trend on Twitter on Friday afternoon as the Palace announced that Duterte is doing A somersault to drop his dare to debate with retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio over the West Philippine Sea (WPS) issue.

The hashtag gained wide following as soon as Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced that the President will no longer engage in a debate with Carpio, a vocal critic of Duterte’s handling of China’s encroachment into the WPS. part of Philippine territory awarded in a 2016 ruling by The Hague-based Peraenent Court of Arbitration.

Canceled debate not cowardice

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 May 8, 2021

MANILA – Backing out of debate with retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio is not tantamount to President Rodrigo Duterte being a coward, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said on Saturday.This, after the hashtag #DuterteDuwag (Duterte is a coward) trended… Read More

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