Retired Supreme Court (SC) Justice Antonio Carpio on Tuesday (May 4) likened President Rodrigo Duterte to an “estafador” for making false promises of securing the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
Carpio pointed this out after Duterte recently claimed not making any promises concerning the WPS amid continued incursions from China.
“President Duterte cannot now say that he never discussed or mentioned the West Philippine Sea issue when he was campaigning for President,” Carpio said in a statement.
Otherwise, the retired magistrate said Duterte “would be admitting that he was fooling the Filipino people big time.”
“There is a term for that – grand estafa or grand larceny. Making a false promise to get 16 million votes,” Carpio said.
The retired justice reminded Duterte “expressly made his position known to the Filipino people when he campaigned for the Presidency in 2016.”
“He declared during the presidential debate that if elected President he would ride a jetski to Scarborough Shoal and plant the Philippine flag,” Carpio recounted.
Carpio added “President Duterte’s campaign also issued a statement that President Duterte fully supported the arbitration case against China.”