7 months Security of Filipinos takes precedence over the declarations of China, other nations MB
By Genalyn Kabiling  The Philippines does not take the word of other nations at face value, Malacañang said Tuesday after China reportedly declared it would not take the first shot amid a dispute over the South China Sea. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the President tends to “think beyond those words” and would always prioritize the security of Filipinos. “We do not take words of other countries on their face value. The President will always think beyond those words,” he said during a Palace press briefing. “The President is mandated to protect ... more