- President Rodrigo Duterte slammed Senator Manny Pacquiao for the lawmaker’s criticism on his position on the West Philippine Sea
- Earlier, Sen. Pacquiao criticized President Duterte for his stance on the territorial dispute with China, describing it as lacking
- The President said Senator Pacquiao “has a very shallow knowledge” and told him to “study first”
- President Duterte made this statement during an interview with one of his closest friends, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy
President Rodrigo Duterte, on Tuesday, slammed Senator Manny Pacquiao for the lawmaker’s criticism of the President’s position on the issue of the West Philippine Sea.
The President said that Senator Pacquiao should “study first.”
“It’s about foreign policy. I would not want to degrade him, but next time he should...mag-aral ka muna nang husto,” the President said.
He also pointed out that the lawmaker “has a very shallow knowledge” about the issue.
“Apparently, this guy has a very shallow knowledge,” President Duterte also said.
Earlier, Senator Pacquiao criticized President Duterte, calling his position on the maritime disagreement with China as lacking.
The lawmaker said that the President should be giving out strong responses now, like what he did during his presidential campaign.
President Duterte has been largely criticized for his friendly position towards China. In 2016, he said he would ride a jet ski in the disputed area and plant the Philippine flag there to assert the sovereign rights of the country.
Recently, the President declared that the country owes China a debt of gratitude.
Manny Pacquiao is a Filipino politician and also a professional boxer. He is nicknamed "PacMan." He is also regarded as one of best professional boxers in the world. He is now the party president of PDP Laban — the ruling political party.
Sen. Manny Pacquiao just expressed his sentiments on the response of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on the issue in the West Philippine Sea. He said that he finds it lacking as compared to the time when the President was still running for election. He said that the President should continue that so that China will respect the Philippines. Pacquiao also lamented that it is very discouraging because the President was different back then.
He is the the head of the ruling party PDP-Laban in the senate. Being the chairman of the party, he held a press conference, where he stated that they should focus on the problems of the country and not on politics. He expressed his opposition to the resolution that was issued by his party, which urged Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to run for vice president in the 2022 elections. Pacquiao then issued a directive saying that as President of their party, he has the responsibility to enforce rules, thereby urging everyone to focus more on the opportunity to serve instead of focusing other things amid the pandemic.
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