A large majority of Filipinos want President Rodrigo Duterte to assert the country’s territorial claims against China in the South China Sea, according to a survey released on Thursday.
Polling data commissioned by the independent Stratbase ADR Institute found that 73 people want the government to step up its territorial claims as China continues to expand its naval and coast guard presence in the area, while also mining it of its natural resources.
The survey was released two years after courts ruled against Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, after the previous government took the case to an international tribunal.
If anyone gets the natural resources in the West Philippine Sea-South China Sea, he will go to war.”
The survey also found that 74 percent of Filipinos have more trust in the United States than any other nations, compared to just 17 percent who have greater trust in China.