Chinese envoy’s presence in Kawit distressing to Hontiveros
Opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros finds “so insensitive” the sight of China’s ambassador standing next to President Rodrigo Duterte as the latter waved the Philippine flag during Tuesday’s Independence Day rites at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite.
Speaking at a media forum, Hontiveros expressed discomfort over Ambassador Zhao Jianhua’s high-profile appearance in the activity.
“I don’t know why the Chinese ambassador had to stand beside the President while he raised the flag, and why he spoke to our defense secretary — it was so insensitive of them in these times,” she said in Filipino.
Zhao spoke with the President about the complaint of Filipino fishermen, who accused Chinese coast guards of taking their catch at Scarborough Shoal recently. —DJ Yap
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