- Manila Mayor Erap Estrada had once again, expressed support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he defends the President's tirade against the US, the EU, and the UN
- According to Estrada, the Filipinos should be more compassionate to understand that the President's foreign policy is good for the country
- The mayor urged the public to cooperate and help uplift the country so we will not be dependent to the foreign bodies for aid and assistance
"Wala kasi tayong malasakit sa ating bansa," says Manila Mayor Erap Estrada amidst the angst and controversies directed at the President's tirade against the U.S., the European Union (EU), and the United Nations (UN).
In a statement released by Estrada, he said, "Matagal na tayong independent, lahat sila nakikiaalam. Ngayon kung hihingi tayo ng tulong sa kanila, ‘yun….Mga bobo ba mga Filipino?”
(We have long been independent, all of them have been intervening. Now, if we ask them for help, then [they can step in]... Are the Filipinos stupid?)
The mayor also affirmed Duterte's statements that the Philippines can stand on its own. According to Estrada, the "recalibrated foreign policy" proposed by the President is do-able and cited Vietnam as an example.
“Kamukha ng Vietnam, mahirap na mahirap. Bakit ngayon mas malakas pa sa atin? Nag-e-export pa ng bigas ngayon," he quipped.
(Vietnam was once a poor country. Why are they more powerful than we are now? They even export rice.)
“Kaya naman natin kung talagang magsisikap tayo, e. Magpapalimos na lang ba tayo habambuhay?” Estrada said, reiterating the President's stand on the Philippines' relations with the foreign bodies.
(We could stand on our own feet if we would persevere. Are we going to beg forever?)
"Tulung-tulong lang tayong malagay sa ayos ang ating bansa," he concluded.
(Let us all work together to uplift our country.)