President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday reprimanded Senator Manny Pacquiao for censuring his remain on the West Philippine Sea.
“It’s about foreign policy. I would not want to degrade him but next time he should, mag-aral ka muna nang husto,” Duterte said in a meeting with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City.
“Apparently this guy has a very shallow knowledge,” Duterte added.
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In May, Pacquiao reprimanded Duterte’s position on China’s invasions in the West Philippine Sea as “lacking.”
“Sa akin nakukulangan ako doon sa kumpara doon sa bago pa siya tumakbo, mage-eleksyon pa lang. Dapat ipagpatuloy n’ya ‘yun para magkaroon din ng respeto sa atin ang China,” Pacquiao said in an online meeting with journalists.
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He was alluding to the 2016 assertion of then-Davao City chairman Duterte that if the court decided for the Philippines and China wouldn’t respect the choice, he would actually go to the contested region to jetski and plant the Philippine banner.
A long time later, Duterte said it was only a metaphor.
Pacquiao said Duterte’s prior assertions helped the certainty of the Filipinos and urged them to battle what is our own.
“Sa akin lang ‘yung una niyang statement bago siya tumakbo magjetski siya, ipaglaban ang West Philippine Sea, magdadala ng bandila, nagbigay ng encouragement sa ating mga kababayan, lumakas ang loob natin. Ito ‘yung gusto ko tapos pagdating ng panahon dapat manindigan tayo kung ano ang sa atin,” he said.
“‘Yung ganung mga statement talagang kahit ako napi-feel ko ‘yung patriotism ko sa bansa natin, ito ‘yung bansa natin, ipaglaban natin. Nakakapagbigay ng boost sa ating sarili na ipaglaban natin ang bansa natin,” he added.
Pacquiao, notwithstanding, said it doesn’t imply that Duterte ought to be compelled to ride a jetski to the contested region yet to give a more grounded explanation.
“Hindi naman siguro tayo papayag na ang Presidente natin mag-jetski. Pero kung ang Presidente natin maglambot para na rin tayong mawalan ng lakas ng loob,” he said.
Pacquiao is the current leader of the decision party PDP-Laban while Duterte is the executive.