President Rodrigo Duterte seems to have no plans of protecting the nation’s resources in the West Philippine Sea from Chinese intruders. Considering the Chinese presence via fishing vessels in the said area, still, there is no immediate action from the Government.
Duterte even said that he is not interested in China’s fishing acts in the West Philippine Sea. His spokesperson, Harry Roque, also added that the turmoil-filled water of the West Philippine Sea is not known to be abundant in fish resources.
Their apathy of the two officials toward the WPS left disgust on celebrities and Netizens alike. They believe that the country’s resources should be exclusive to us.
Bayan Muna representative Carlos Zarate pointed out that the West Philippine Sea is not a community pantry; therefore, China has no rights to get what the Philippines owns.
— Rep. Carlos I.T. Zarate (@kaloi_zarate) April 20, 2021
Journalist Atom Araullo expressed confusion with the Government’s statement, while actor Mikoy Morales said President Duterte is delusional.
— Atom Araullo (@atomaraullo) April 20, 2021
— Mikoy Morales (@MikoyMorales) April 19, 2021
Actor Jason Abalos apologized to the people as he admitted that he voted for Duterte during the Presidential elections. Right now, he regretted his decision in 2016.
Isa ako sa mga bumoto dito. Patawarin nyo ako mga kababayan ko, ang gusto ko lang naman ay pag babago.. https://t.co/CiN0RZmrEW
— jason abalos (@thejasonabalos) April 20, 2021
Writer and actor Juan Miguel Severo spoke out his vexation against Roque for his witless response about the issue.
— Juan Miguel Severo (@TheRainBro) April 20, 2021
Actress Agot Isidro compared the Government’s apathy to the West Philippine Sea dispute–is the same as their COVID-19 response.
Meanwhile, retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said that the United Nations can order China to surrender territorial claims. Securing a UN resolution for the country against China is already a triumph, however, the country’s leader should defend its national interest even though the adversary is stubborn.
Carpio: ‘That is a childish mentality…’
Duterte: ‘.. talagang sinadya ko yun. Pag kinakalkal mo ako, parang bata, pag lalo mo akong kinakantyawan e mas lalo akong gagana’
Given na na batang isip yung nakaupo sa palasyo. https://t.co/n9tguKvr3G
— kiko rustia (@kikorustia) April 20, 2021
“A country cannot just fold up and give up just because the other side is stubborn. That is a childish mentality.”