- The Otso Diretso bets want President Rodrigo Duterte to fulfill his campaign promise on protecting the West Philippine Sea
- The opposition candidates even prepared a jetski for the President
- They also waved the Philippine flag to protest the presence of a Chinese vessel in Batangas
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Four Otso Diretso candidates prepared a jetski and urged President Rodrigo Duterte to fulfill the promise he made when he was campaigning in 2016 elections.
KAMI learned from ABS-CBN News that Senatorial aspirants Chel Diokno, Gary Alejano, Florin Hilbay, and Samira Gutoc, posed beside the jetski with a placard that read: “Mr. President, ready na ang jetski! Oras na para tuparin mo ang pangako mong ipagtatanggol ang West Philippine Sea!”
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In an earlier report by Rappler (author Alecs Ongcal), supporters of Otso Diretso raised Philippine flag to show how they oppose the presence of a Chinese vessel in Lobo, Batangas.
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During the 2016 campaign elections, President Duterte said that he is ready to face China amidst the claim on the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea. He added that he would use a jetski and fight for the Philippines when he becomes the President.
“I will ask the Philippine Navy to bring me to the nearest boundary diyan sa Spratly, Scarborough, bababa ako. Sasakay ako ng jetski, dala-dala ko ‘yung flag ng Pilipino, at pupunta ako dun sa head port nila tapos itanim ko. Then, I would say, ‘This is ours and do what you want with me, bahala na kayo’,” he said.
“Matagal ko nang ambisyon ‘yan na maging hero rin ako. ‘Pag pinatay nila ako don, bahala na kayong umiyak dito sa Pilipinas,” he added.
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