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Marcos Jr. now says Russia should respect Ukraine's freedom

Presidential aspirant and ex-senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.  on Friday called on Russia to respect Ukraine's freedom amid the ongoing conflict  after the former's invasion.

"I appeal for sobriety to prevail, for a peaceful resolution to the on-going armed conflict as I stand united with the rest of the world for Russia to respect Ukraine’s freedom and its citizens’ democratic way of life," Marcos said in a statement.

“I support the unconditional observance of human rights and fervently hope that there will be no more targeting of civilian communities and civilian establishments,” he added.

Marcos earlier said it is not necessary to take a stand on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, noting that the country is not involved in the conflict.

However, he noted that he is worried for the Filipinos who are affected by the conflict.

Meanwhile, his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said the Philippines must stay “neutral” as the issues are not directly involving the country’s interest.—LDF, GMA News