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Shame! Politikos blast Duterte for downplaying China’s sinking of Filipino vessel

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President Duterte is under fire for belittling the ramming of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel off Recto Bank.

Several politikos have blasted the President for calling it “a little maritime incident” that was supposedly not worth of waging war.

For Senator Risa Hontiveros, the President has shown he was spineless when it comes to defending the countrymen from China’s aggression.

“Your statement on the Recto Bank hit-&-run incident reveals a lot. Thank you for confirming who you truly are, Mr. Pres: violent & cruel towards the poor, foul-mouthed & obscene to women & democracy advocates, but feckless & spineless before China. Shame,” she tweeted.

Senator Panfilo Lacson is also disappointed with the President’s statement about the ship collision.

“The president broke his silence and left us heartbroken. He forgot to explore all resources available before exercising his last option of surrender. The MDT is one yet untapped weapon. I am not suggesting WW3 but at least it can make China feel the balance of power in the WPS,” he said.

Senator Francis Pangilinan said Filipino fishermen were left stranded by the Chinese vessel regardless if the ship collision was accidental or intentional.

“No matter the many versions of what happened the Chinese embassy issues, the indubitable fact remains: Filipino fishermen were left stranded at sea and could have died if not for the rescue of Vietnamese fishermen,” he said.

“Bakit mas matimbang ang panig ng dambuhala, ubod ng yaman, at makapangyarihang China kaysa sa maliliit at mahihirap nating mangingisda na kapwa nating mga Pilipino at sa ating AFP, Philippine Navy at DND na kapwa nating mga Pilipino?” he added.

Read below other comments of politikos about the latest conflict with China in the West Philippine Sea.

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