Teodoro Loscin, the Philippine Foreign Minister who took to Twitter to tell China to “ GET THE F — OUT ” amid tensions over the South China Sea, apologized on Tuesday to of his Chinese counterpart after appearing to irritate his own president.
“I won’t plead the latest provocation as an excuse to lose her; but if Wang Yi is following Twitter, then I’m sorry that I hurt her feelings, but hers alone.”
Loscin was referring to Beijing’s alleged actions in the Philippines’ 200-mile exclusive economic zone. His Foreign Office announced that it had protested against the “sighting, blocking, dangerous maneuvers and radio challenges” of the Philippine Coast Guard patrolling and conducting exercises April 24-25 in Scarborough Shoal.
“China, my friend, how can I say it politely? Let me see… O… GET OUT THE F —,” he posted on his personal account without censorship. His tweet continued, “What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You. You’re like a bad guy who forces your attention on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to beget a Chinese Province. “
NPR reported in March that China also has around 220 vessels on the Whitsun Reef, which is claimed by the Philippines, China and Vietnam. Delfin Lorenzana, the Filipino defense minister, told the outlet that the territory is in the exclusive area of Manila under established international law.
President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his irritation in televised remarks on Monday evening.
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“Just because we have a conflict with China doesn’t mean we have to be rude and disrespectful,” Duterte said. “We have a lot to thank China for its help in the past and its help now.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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