Anyare sa jet ski? Pacquiao dismayed by Duterte’s inaction in West PH Sea
Senator Manny Pacquiao criticized President Rodrigo Duterte, the head of his own party, for his alleged failure to stand up to China’s aggression in the West Philippine Sea.

Anyare sa jet ski? Pacquiao dismayed by Duterte’s inaction in West PH Sea

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Senator Manny Pacquiao criticized President Rodrigo Duterte, the head of his own party, for his alleged failure to stand up to China’s aggression in the West Philippine Sea.

In a virtual interview with reporters Monday (May 3), Pacquiao said Duterte appears to have turned back on his campaign promise to assert Philippine sovereignty in the disputed waters.

“Sa akin, nakukulangan ako, nakukulangan ako kumpara doon sa bago pa siya tumakbo, nag-eeleksyon pa lang. Dapat ipatuloy niya yun para magkaroon din naman tayo ng respeto [galing sa China],” the senator said.

Pacquiao confessed that he had believed Duterte’s campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the West Philippine Sea and plant the Philippine flag should he become the president.

“Narinig natin bago mag-election, sa pangangampanya, nung sinabi niya na mag-jet ski siya, dala yung watawat ng Pilipinas doon, e siyempre, kahit ako sa puso ko, ito na yung iboboto ko dahil ito yung dapat na presidente, kailangan natin, na pinaglalaban yung bansa natin,” he said.

Contrary to Duterte’s oft repeated warning, Pacquiao said defending the West Philippine Sea does not automatically mean going to war with China.

“Sino ba naman ang makipag-giyera, wala naman siguro makipag-giyera sa panahon ngayon. Ang sa atin lang respetuhin naman karapatan natin, igalang naman yung kung sa atin ay sa atin, wag naman apakan ang sa atin,” he said.

Pacquiao said the next president should be more forceful in asserting Philippine sovereignty.

“Ang gusto ko ang ipakita na manindigan tayo walang tayong pabuckle buckle para lumakas din loob ng ating mga kababayan. Ipaglaban natin ang bansa natin. I hope na ganun din nararamdaman ng ating mga kababayan. ipaglaban natin,” he said.

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