VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Duterte, Calida give conflicting versions of West Philippine Sea arbitral tribunal ruling

President Rodrigo Duterte claims the arbitral tribunal ruling on the West Philippine Sea dispute came out during the term of his predecessor, Benigno Simeon Aquino III; his solicitor general Jose Calida had earlier taken credit for the victory.

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(Guided by the code of principles of the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter, VERA Files tracks the false claims, flip-flops, misleading statements of public officials and figures, and debunks them with factual evidence. Find out more about this initiative and our methodology.)


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