Teodoro Locsin’s comments, known for being blunt, follow Manila’s protests against the so-called “illegal” presence of hundreds of Chinese boats in the Philippines’ 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
“China, my friend, how politely can I express it? Let me see … O … GET THE F ** K OUT,” Locsin tweeted on his personal account.
“What do you do with our friendship? You. Not us. We try. You. You are like an ugly fool who draws your attention to a handsome man who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province,” Locsin said .
In response to a request for comment, a US State Department spokeswoman reiterated a March 28 statement by Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the US “stands together with our ally, the Philippines, in the face of pressure from the (Chinese) maritime militia in the South China Sea.” “
“As mentioned earlier, an armed attack on the Philippine armed forces, public ships or aircraft in the Pacific, including the South China Sea, will trigger our obligations under the US-Philippines Treaty on Mutual Defense,” the spokeswoman added.
China claims almost all of the South China Sea, through which about $ 3 trillion in shipping trade flows every year. In 2016, an arbitration tribunal in The Hague ruled that the lawsuit was inconsistent with international law.
In a statement on Monday, the Philippine Foreign Ministry accused China’s Coast Guard of “shading, blocking, and performing dangerous maneuvers and radio challenges”.
On Sunday, the Philippines vowed to continue maritime exercises in their EEZ for the South China Sea in response to Chinese calls to halt actions they said could escalate disputes.
As of April 26, the Philippines had filed 78 diplomatic protests against China since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, data from the State Department show.
“Our statements are also stronger because of the bolder nature of the activities, the number, frequency and proximity of interventions,” said Marie Yvette Banzon-Abalos, director of strategic communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Duterte has for the most part cultivated closer ties with China in return for Beijing’s pledges of billions of dollars in investment, aid and loans.
“China remains our benefactor. Just because we have a conflict with China doesn’t mean we have to be rude and disrespectful,” Duterte said in a weekly national address.
“So kindly allow our fishermen to fish in peace, and there is no reason for any problems,” Duterte told China.