- Senator Risa Hontiveros said that according to reports, China owes the Philippines billions of pesos as reparations
- She also claimed that China has been damaging the reef ecosystems in the West Philippine Sea
- The senator urged the government to demand reparations from China for COVID-19 response
- Hontiveros also pointed out that the government should demand the unpaid taxes from the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO)
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According to Senator Risa Hontiveros, China must pay the Philippines reparations for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response.
KAMI learned that as per Hontiveros, reports claimed that China owes the Philippines at least P200 billion.
In a Facebook post, the senator said China owes money as reparations due to their alleged damage to reef ecosystems in the West Philippine Sea for at least 6 years.
“China should stop its adventurism in the region and pay reparations to the Philippines immediately,” Hontiveros said.
Hontiveros mentioned that the government should demand what is owed to the country because it already has a huge budget deficit due to COVID-19.
“Thus, it should demand what is rightfully ours and use this to strengthen our health system, to increase the aid given to low- and middle-income families, and to help Filipinos recover post-COVID,” Hontiveros shared.
As reported by the Inquirer (author by Christia Marie Ramos), Hontiveros also pointed out that the government should demand the P50 billion estimated unpaid taxes from the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO).
“There are essential and non-essential industries under the Enhanced Community Quarantine. POGOs join a third category that we might call ‘less than non-essential’,” the senator said.
“The government should not open itself to other problems that POGOs bring. It’s high time we send POGOs home,” she added.
In a previous report by KAMI, Hontiveros slammed House Speaker Peter Alan Cayetano over the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
As of posting time, the Department of Health (DOH) reported that there are 6,599 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines.
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