WEST PHL SEA ISSUE
Published May 31, 2017 8:27pm
By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday blasted Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio for egging his administration to strongly assert the country's claim over the West Philippine Sea amid efforts to improve relationship with China.
"Si Carpio, daldal nang daldal, p— ina, wala namang ginagawa noon. So, gusto niya punta ko doon sa UN (United Nations) for the enforcement," he said during the 119th anniversary of the Philippine Navy in Sasa Wharf, Davao City.
Carpio has suggested for the Philippine government to file a diplomatic protest against China for building islands in the disputed waters and over Chinese President Xi Jinping’s alleged threat of war during a meeting with Duterte.
To drive his point across, Duterte likened the maritime dispute to "usapang lalaki" (man-to-man talk).
"Ganito ‘yan. Usapang lalaki ‘yang away. Sabihin ko sa kanya, 'P— ina mo, umalis ka diyan, akin 'yan.' Sabihin niya, usapang lalaki. 'Eh p— ina mo, bakit ako aalis dito? Amin 'to.' Sabi, 'Umalis ka.' Sabi niya, 'Ayaw ko.' O anong gusto mo? Ganon 'yan. Ang sabi dialogue, peaceful resolution, when will it end? Hanggang kailan ako makikipag-usap?" he said.
He also stressed that he raised the Philippines' claim before Xi, but insisted that they could not agree on a middle ground.
"Itong mga bobo ng gobyerno, they keep on egging me sa arbitral ruling. Sinabi nila, ‘Anong ginagawa mo sa arbitral?’” he said, referring to the Permanent Court of Arbitration's ruling last year invalidating China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea.
“The arbitral ruling places the South China Sea in our jurisdiction. But the Chinese has insisted and has made well known their stand that it is theirs and they will die for it. At ngayon itong si Carpio para bang gusto niyang lugawin ko, that I will pursue the matter, tawagin ko ‘yung mga countries to help us,” he added.
Carpio was part of the delegation to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague that argued the country's case against China, which refused to honor the process as well as the ruling.
Duterte recalled anew his conversation with Xi, but clarified his supposed threat of war.
"'That is ours. I will dig oil there.’ And not in so many words, not really war but ‘yung diplomatic. And President Xi Jinping is very good at that. Ganoon na, ‘Huwag kasi kaibigan na tayo ngayon.’ In the raw translation, ‘Eh bakit lugawin mo pa? ‘Pag pumasok ka diyan magka-giyera pa tayo. There will be trouble'," he said.
"If you are an idiotic naïve, anong sabihin trouble? Eh ‘di trouble, ‘di giyera,” he added. —KBK, GMA News