Prof. Jay Batongbacal: "We are not a nation of beggars"

In response to the statements released by the Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on qualifying China over the Philippines as being able to do research on Benham Rise, the Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea director Prof. Jay Batongbacal retorted in a Facebook post how the statement disempowers the capacity and work of Filipino scientists.
The professor said, "The limitations upon Philippine Marine Science capacities and capabilities is not so much a matter of poverty as it is a matter of priorities," while citing previous research done by local scientists and institutes.
An article by the ABS-CBN on Prof. Batongbacal's post may be accessed through this link:
Prof. Batongbacal's original Facebook post: