Peo­ple be­hind ‘prov­ince of China’ ban­ners crazy, traitors–Palace

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS - By Julie M. Aure­lio @JMAure­lioINQ —WITH A REPORT FROM JAYMEE T. GAMIL

Mala­cañang on Fri­day de­scribed as “crazy,” “un­pa­tri­otic” and “traitors” the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for putting up the con­tro­ver­sial red ban­ners on Thurs­day that pro­claimed the Philip­pines a prov­ince of China.

Say­ing he was “gigil na po (re­ally agi­tated now),” pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Harry Roque lam­basted those who hung the red tar­pau­lins over ma­jor roads in Metro Manila.

“If they are not fools, then why would they say that? If they are against the Pres­i­dent or poli­cies, that’s OK, but to dis­re­spect the na­tion, that is fool­ish,” Roque said over state-run Radyo Pilip­inas.

Pres­i­dent’s joke

Au­thor­i­ties have al­ready taken down the tar­pau­lins with the words “Wel­come to the Philip­pines, Prov­ince of China” writ­ten on them.

The mes­sage seemed to be a ref­er­ence to Pres­i­dent Du- terte’s speech to an au­di­ence of Filipino-Chinese busi­ness­men in Fe­bru­ary, when he jested about mak­ing the Philip­pines a prov­ince of China.

The tar­pau­lins were dis­played in time for the se­cond an­niver­sary of the coun­try’s vic­tory in the in­ter­na­tional ar­bi­tral court in The Hague which nul­li­fied China’s claim over the West Philip­pine Sea.

Roque ini­tially brushed off the ban­ners as “ab­surd” and said it was the work of the en­e­mies of the gov­ern­ment.

He re­it­er­ated his sting­ing re­marks on Fri­day, say­ing the ban­ners were an in­sult to the na­tion.

“Those peo­ple are not just crazy, they have no love for the coun­try, they are traitors, they are shame­less,” he said.

Se­nior Supt. Benigno Du­rana, Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice spokesper­son, said the peo­ple who put up the ban­ners may have vi­o­lated city or­di­nances on lit­ter­ing and unau­tho­rized post­ings.

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