Contrary to a March 4 statement of president-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. urging Russia “to respect Ukraine’s freedom,” incoming National Security Adviser Clarita Carlos said the Philippines should remain “neutral” in the ongoing war.

Marcos Jr., however, sang a different tune on the issue on March 1, based on at least two media reports quoting him as saying: “I don’t think there is a need to take a stand. We are not involved, except for our nationals.”

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