Palace: Laguna statue part of freedom of expression
(Manila Bulletin) 2019/01/01
... Panelo the reiterated President Duterte’s earlier statement that, it would only be counter productive to antagonize Japan, which has since proven itself to be a strategic and reliable ally and partner, by politicizing the issue.
“Japan, after all, has paid dearly for its past deeds, which includes giving reparations. We hope this clears the issue relative to the matter,” he said ...