Palace dismisses Joma Sison's fresh tirades vs Duterte

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Posted at Sep 02 2019 03:20 PM

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Malacañang dismissed Monday Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison's latest tirades against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Sison, in a statement last week, said Duterte's raising of Manila's rights over the West Philippine Sea to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping was "a purposeless exercise."

"Duterte merely went through the motions of bringing up the decision of the 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in his discussion with Xi. In the end, it was a purposeless exercise. Based on reports, there was no further discussion on the matter," Sison said.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo meanwhile brushed off Sison's remark, dismissing it as another rant from an "aging armchair passé rebel."

"The Duterte presidency is engrossed in its constitutional duty of serving and protecting the Filipino people, that it has no time to waste in responding to the latest anti-Duterte statement of Jose Maria Sison, other than saying that it is another arrant raving and incorrigible ranting coming from an aging armchair passé rebel whose illusory vision has outsprinted the ticking hands of time," he said.