Same propaganda aim, different approaches, but in the same period. (Woman in yellow is alleged to be the vitriolic anti-Duterte blogger Jover Lauri, who put up the tarpaulin.)

Despite the undiplomatic demands of Aquino’s foreign affairs secretary Alberto del Rosario, the Asean refused to issue a statement supporting the arbitration award. Taiwan even vehemently protested the award, since the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled that the Taiping island it had transformed into a scuba dive resort with a five-star hotel and an airport is just a “rock.”

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