MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte affirmed the recent statement of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio that he can be impeached if he surrenders the country's claims over the Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal to China.
"He is correct. I would be impeached, it's an impeachable offense. I do not fight with that statement. It's all correct. It's all legal and so I agree with him," Duterte told reporters on Sunday.
Carpio earlier said that Duterte will be violating the 1987 Constitution if he concedes to China on the issue of the disputed shoal in the West Philippines Sea.
Duterte stressed that he will not "barter" away the country's territory and economic rights as he heads to Beijing for a state visit this week.
"We cannot barter which is not ours, belongs to the Filipino people. I cannot be the sole authorized agent for that is not allowed under the Constitution. Tama siya," Duterte said.
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