3 speeches in a row, Duterte silent on Chinese ship sinking PH vessel

News Philippines Jun 14, 2019 at 2:42 pm
FLAG-RAISING By Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat.com

By Dee Ayroso/Bulatlat.com

The Philippine president has yet to publicly remark on the incident in the West Philippine Sea

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has not made any public statement about the ramming of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel a day after the defense department bared it and 4 days after the incident itself.

Duterte has given 3 speeches after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana first made public the ramming incident near Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) that took place on Sunday, June 9.

A few hours after Lorenzana’s statement on Wednesday, June 12, Duterte gave a speech at the Philippine Independence Day ceremony in Malabang, Lanao del Sur, and then another one at the oath-taking of Cagayan de Oro officials later that night.

On Thursday, June 13, Duterte spoke at a land distribution ceremony in General Santos City.

In these speeches, the President spoke of his beef against communists, his warnings against the Ponzi schemes of the Kappa-Community Ministry, his fight against illegal drugs, and even the use of erectile dysfunction medication Viagra. But he left out any mention of the Recto Bank incident, which put in harm’s way 22 Filipino fishermen.

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