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‘Take a stand, don’t be bullied’

05:02 AM November 27, 2018

Salvador Panelo once again exhibits with legal flourish that sleight of hand which does not succeed in hiding a moral vacuum.

“Arbitration is useless unless claimant countries unite against China” presumes an equation of might with right, and a right which is subservient to expediency.

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We know, though, that when might prevails without right, it achieves a hollow victory.

Moreover, it is possible to take a stand without depending on a chorus of approval (although the Philippines received just that from The Hague tribunal).

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A principled stand comes from deliberate choice. Let us not allow ourselves to be bullied into a helpless state of mind.

We are, after all, born with backbone. Singapore demonstrated this, and gained global respect.

VIRGINIA CALPOTURA, RSCJ,
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