President Rodrigo Duterte blasted former Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario for practically giving away Philippine islands as a “gift” to China, making Chinese President Xi Jinping in the process.
In a pre-recorded speech late Monday night, Duterte lashed out at Carpio and del Rosario anew, reminding them about the “faux pas” when the country lost control over a Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal to China during the previous administration.
“Xi Jinping actually said ‘Ah we know. Those two, Albert and Carpio, gave us your islands as a gift’,” Duterte quoted Xi as saying. “And then, you have the temerity to blame anybody for your – in diplomatic term ‘faux pas’.”
He blamed them for bringing “misery” to the country over the past government’s decision to withdraw ships from the Scarborough Shoal.
“Why did you back down? Why didn’t you send ships and go to war then? It would have been the end of you because you are the linchpin who brought misery to our country. Now that history is being made, recorded every day, you want yourselves to free from any liability,” he added partly in Filipino.
Duterte rejected Caprio and Del Rosario’s allegations that he was not “asserting enough” in the maritime row with China.
“We are all lawyers here. What would be the best evidence really to fight for and die for? If they have a piece of paper and say I am going to die, I’m going to fight for my life, for my property and for my happiness, I will fight over this, why didn’t you do it?” he said partly in Filipino.
He told Carpio to shut up and questioned his efforts to resolve the Philippines’ conflict with China during his term at the Supreme Court.
“Carpio grew fat. He has done nothing but talk. Shut up son of a b***h. I supposedly talk and curse a lot. So what? That’s how I am,” he said partly in Filipino. “What did you do? What did you do when you were in the Supreme Court)?”
Duterte said del Rosario is responsible for the Philippines losing possession of the Scarborough Shoal, saying he would have done it differently if he were in charge.
This Albert keeps blaming me. If I see you, I will punch you. You’re crazy. Don’t meddle. The ships of China were there, ours were not. If China’s ships were there while ours were too it would have been a different story,” he added partly in Filipino. SOVEREIGNPH