Pyrrhic Victory

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Pyrrhic Victory

A successful endeavor that came with such high costs, that it was almost not worth the effort. For example, a company may succeed in a hostile takeover, but only after overcoming so many anti-takeover measures and spending so much money that it overpaid and may have nearly bankrupted itself.
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Lorenzana, however, said that he made the 'empty victory' remark to refer to the outcome of the ruling.
"I(But) I have to apologize to the two gentlemen (Del Rosario and Carpio) who were hurt maybe by my statement of empty victory. They worked hard, give it to them, in fairness to them," he added.
We won but it is an empty victory: The Chinese won't leave our EEZ and instead it continues to assert its historical rights over the areas within the nine-dash line.," Lorenzana said.
'I have to apologize to the two gentlemen who were hurt maybe by my statement of 'empty victory.' They worked hard, give it to them, in fairness to them,' he said in a security briefing on Thursday in Makati.
The defense secretary made his 'empty victory' remark early this week when asked to react on the recent Social Weather Stations survey that said 9 of 10 Filipinos want the government to retake the Chinese-controlled artificial islands in the Spratlys.
'China has called the arbitral ruling as an 'empty victory.' So it's unusual that our own defense secretary is calling it also an empty victory,' Carpio told the Inquirer.
'We won, but it is an empty victory. The Chinese won't leave our EEZ (exclusive economic zones) and instead [they] continue to assert [their] historical rights over the areas within the nine-dash line,' the defense chief said.
'We won, but it is an empty victory: The Chinese won't leave our EEZ and instead it continues to assert its historical rights over the areas within the Nine-Dash Line.'
A special lavender folder indicates whether her past orders or judgments have already been executed, otherwise it would be an empty victory for the winning party.