Netizens slam Roque: 'Thank China for violating our sovereignty?'
MANILA, Philippines – “Tayo pa ang may utang na loob?” (And we're the ones who end up feeling indebted?)
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque is again the center of social media discussions over his latest statement about China’s controversial island-building in the West Philippine Sea, saying the Philippines will “thank” China for their artificial islands one day.
"There will come a time when China's might has ceased, when we will have to thank them for those islands," he said during an interview with Franco Mabanta, a supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, February 7.
This triggered a wave of condemnation on social media, with some calling his statement borderline treasonous.
Traitors— azhe lon (@azhe_16) February 8, 2018
Many netizens couldn't believe that Roque, a spokesman for the president and former human rights lawyer, would say such a thing.
Satire ba to? The F! Parang joke kasi mukang di galing sa nagiisip na utak sinasabi nya.— qwertyuiop (@forgetit1990) February 8, 2018
Did he really say that? Cant believe esp coming from a spox person.— Akis2x (@Akis2x) February 8, 2018
Is that President Duterte’s statement or Atty ‘s own opinion? Please be careful of what goes out of your mouth Atty— just_love (@nethlayo) February 8, 2018
Even the folks on Reddit are shookt:
More reactions here:Wait, what? - Curated tweets by rapplerdotcom
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