Rod Kapunan, a columnist with the Philippines’ daily newspaper， The Standard, said in an interview with CCTV that President Benigno S. Aquino has put the Filipinos in great danger by filing his arbitration case. Kapunan says whatever the result may be, the Philippines will lose opportunities to cooperate with China and other huge potential economic benefits. Kapunan believes that the US’s motivation to support the Philippines in escalating tensions in the South China Sea is to strengthen its military presence in the region. Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has been left with a thorny legacy.
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