The Philippine government has protested the Chinese coast guard’s harassment of Philippine coast guard ships patrolling a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.
It was the latest of dozens of recent protests by Manila’s foreign affairs department, along with increasingly acerbic remarks by the country’s top diplomat and defense chief about Chinese actions in the disputed waters.
The high-profile feud has escalated despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s friendly stance toward China.
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. used an obscene phrase in a tweet demanding China get out of Philippine-claimed areas. “What are you doing to our friendship?” Locsin asked.
“You’re like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend,.”
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana rejected China’s demand that the Philippines end its patrols in the disputed region.