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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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