De Lima: PH-China alliance does not align with government's war on drugs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Senator Leila De Lima lambasted President Rodrigo Duterte anew on his latest pronouncement on the country's separation from the United States, which she believes is earthshaking.

The senator again hit the administration's war on drugs during a forum on Women, Justice, and Human Rights Friday afternoon.

She wonders why the Philippines will form an alliance with China, which is  biggest source of illegal drugs imported into the country, adding it does not align with the administration's campaign against drugs.

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa previously said most of the illegal drugs in the Philippines come from China.

"Bulto-bulto ang drogang nanggagaling sa China. Hindi kaya tumatanggap na tayo ng blood money?" De Lima said.

[Translation: We are getting bundle after bundle of drugs from China. Is it possible we are receiving blood money?]

De Lima hinted the President's new found friendship with China might have a negative repercussion on the arbitral tribunal's decision in favor of the Philippines in our territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea with China.

"Ano kayang meron sa China? Wala silang respeto sa arbitral tribunal," De Lima said.

[Translation: What's the deal with China? They have no respect for the arbitral tribunal.]

She also called Duterte's statement that the Philippines, China, and Russia are now against the world as "crazy."

"Malaking kahibangan na naman yang pinagsasabi niyang ganyan," she said.

De Lima said the President can't go on and on without consulting his Cabinet and the Filipinos.

In a statement, De Lima said Duterte has an "inflated, if not delusional, view of himself as a strongman at the level of China and Russia's leadership."

During Duterte's state visit in China, he announced on Thursday he was realigning himself with China and "separating" from the United States, the Philippines' long-time ally.

Duterte added that he might travel to Russia to speak with President Vladimir Putin "and tell him that there are three of us against the world: China, Philippines, and Russia."