Philippine foreign minister tells China to ‘Get the F**k Out’ over South China Sea dispute

The remarks by Teodoro Locsin, understood for blunt remarks, follow Manila’s demonstrations for what it calls the “illegal” existence of numerous Chinese boats inside the Philippines’ 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

“China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see… O…GET THE F**K OUT,” Locsin tweeted on his individual account.

“What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You. You’re like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province …” Locsin stated.

China’s embassy in Manila did not instantly react to an ask for remark. Chinese authorities have actually formerly stated the vessels at the contested Whitsun Reef were fishing boats taking sanctuary from rough seas.
Chinese vessels seen anchored at the Whitsun Reef in the disputed South China Sea on March 23, 2021.

Reacting to an ask for remark, a spokesperson for the United States State Department repeated a March 28 declaration by Secretary of State Antony Blinken stating the United States “stands with our ally, the Philippines, in the face of (China’s) maritime militia pressure in the South China Sea.”

“As we have stated before, an armed attack against the Philippine armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the Pacific, including in the South China Sea, will trigger our obligations under the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty,” the spokesperson included.

China claims nearly the whole South China Sea, through which about $3 trillion of shipborne trade passes each year. In 2016, an arbitration tribunal in The Hague ruled the claim was irregular with global law.

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In a declaration on Monday, the Philippine Foreign Ministry implicated China’s coast guard of “shadowing, blocking, dangerous maneuvers, and radio challenges of the Philippine coast guard vessels.”

On Sunday, the Philippines pledged to continue maritime workouts in its South China Sea EEZ in reaction to a Chinese need that it stop actions it stated might intensify conflicts.

Since April 26, the Philippines had actually submitted 78 diplomatic demonstrations to China considering that President Rodrigo Duterte took workplace in 2016, Foreign Ministry information programs.

“Our statements are stronger too because of the more brazen nature of the activities, the number, frequency and proximity of intrusions,” stated Marie Yvette Banzon-Abalos, executive director for tactical interactions at the Foreign Ministry.

Duterte, for the many part, has actually pursued warmer ties with China in exchange for Beijing’s pledges of billions of dollars in financial investment, help and loans.

“China remains to be our benefactor. Just because we have a conflict with China does not mean to say that we have to be rude and disrespectful,” Duterte stated in a weekly nationwide address.

“So, kindly just allow our fishermen to fish in peace and there is no reason for trouble,” Duterte stated, attending to China.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.