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“Ugly oaf” – Philippine Government launches a tirade on China

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“China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see…GET THE F*** OUT.”

A Philippine government official has unleashed a tirade on China in a recent Tweet. And no, it was not the President.

Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin told China via a tweet that they are not helping their ‘friends’.

The tweet said China is like “an ugly oaf forcing your attention on a handsome guy that wants to be your friend.”

The tweet also called for China to remove its vessels from the EEZ in a rather expletive manner:

The tweet follows Manila’s protests over “illegal” Chinese boats inside the Philippines 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The EEZ stands for ‘Exclusive Economic Zone.’ It is a 200-mile area of the South China Sea bordering the Philippines.

Previously, Duterte has played to China’s favour in exchange for promises of billions in investment, aid and loans.

Despite the harsh tweet, Duterte says he still considers China “a good friend”.

Last week he said: “There are things that are not really subject to a compromise.

Tweet comes after ‘Illegal’ Chinese boats enter Philippine exclusive economic zone

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, which transports about US$3 trillion worth of goods each year.

In a statement on Monday, the Philippine foreign ministry also accused China’s coast guard of “shadowing, blocking, dangerous manoeuvres, and radio challenges of the Philippine coast guard vessels.”

Philippine officials believe the Chinese vessels are manned by militia.

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FILE PHOTO: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Philippine’s Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., bump their elbows during a meeting in Manila, Philippines January 16, 2021. Francis Malasig/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

This comes after protests in the Philippines over Chinese leadership

As of April 26, the Philippines had filed 78 diplomatic protests to China. This comes since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016 as shown by foreign ministry data.

Marie Yvette Banzon-Abalos is the executive director for strategic communications at the Phillipino foreign ministry. Abalos said their increasingly harsh statement reflects China’s increasing brazeness..

“Our statements are stronger too because of the more brazen nature of the activities. The number, frequency and proximity of intrusions,” she said.

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Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century

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Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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