By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte has slammed former Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio who earlier accused the chief executive of having no sense of urgency on the continued presence of Chinese vessels at the Julian Felipe Reef
In a taped public address Monday, Duterte called Carpio a “dreamer,” saying the constructive occupation by China of the West Philippine Sea happened during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.
The President was referring to the standoff at Scarborough Shoal between the Philippines and China in 2012. Then Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario ordered the country’s vessels to pull out while Chinese ships stayed put.
“May isang barko doon nagpadala tayo. There was a standoff. A standoff that was maybe going to a violent stage sa… Alam mo, ang nagpaalis sa atin, ang Amerika. Ang usapan ang Pilipinas mag-retreat, ang China mag-retreat. Ang ginawa ng China hindi nag-retreat, ang Pilipinas ang nag-retreat,” according to him.
“Ang pagador noon si Del Rosario. Iyan, tandaan mo ‘yan Carpio. Sige ka daldal. The constructive occupation was completed. It was a notice to the world na noong hindi sila umalis, tayo ang umalis, ibig sabihin amin ‘to kaya ka umalis,” said Duterte.
“Kung anong pinagdadaldal, he’s a dreamer. I’ll give you 100 years, you can never get something there maski isang basong tubig sa China ngayon. Tapos sige kayo intriga sa Pilipino. Sabi ko nga ano bang gusto ninyo? Sige, tell me what to do except ‘yong mga papel-papel ninyo. Walang kakuwenta na ‘yan,” he added.