The Philippine foreign minister on Monday demanded in an expletive-laced Twitter message that China's vessels get out of disputed waters, the latest exchange in a war of words with Beijing over the South China Sea.
The comments by Teodoro Locsin, known for blunt remarks, follow Manila's protests for what it calls the "illegal" presence of hundreds of Chinese boats inside the Philippines' 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)."China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see... O...GET THE F**K OUT," Locsin tweeted on his personal account.
"What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We're trying. You. You're like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province ..." Locsin said.
China's embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Chinese officials have previously said the vessels at the disputed Whitsun Reef were fishing boats taking refuge from rough seas.Responding to a request for comment, a spokeswoman for the US State Department reiterated a March 28 statement by Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying the US "stands with our ally, the Philippines, in the face of (China's) maritime militia pressure in the South China Sea."
"As we have stated before, an armed attack against the Philippine armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the Pacific, including in the South China Sea, will trigger our obligations under the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty," the spokeswoman added.
China claims almost the entire South China Sea, through which about $3 trillion of shipborne trade passes each year. In 2016, an arbitration tribunal in The Hague ruled the claim was inconsistent with international law.In a statement on Monday, the Philippine Foreign Ministry accused China's coast guard of "shadowing, blocking, dangerous maneuvers, and radio challenges of the Philippine coast guard vessels."
On Sunday, the Philippines vowed to continue maritime exercises in its South China Sea EEZ in response to a Chinese demand that it stop actions it said could escalate disputes.
As of April 26, the Philippines had filed 78 diplomatic protests to China since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, Foreign Ministry data shows.
"Our statements are stronger too because of the more brazen nature of the activities, the number, frequency and proximity of intrusions," said Marie Yvette Banzon-Abalos, executive director for strategic communications at the Foreign Ministry.
Duterte, for the most part, has pursued warmer ties with China in exchange for Beijing's promises of billions of dollars in investment, aid and loans.
"China remains to be our benefactor. Just because we have a conflict with China does not mean to say that we have to be rude and disrespectful," Duterte said in a weekly national address.
"So, kindly just allow our fishermen to fish in peace and there is no reason for trouble," Duterte said, addressing China.Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan purchased close to 600 acres of land on the Hawaiian island of Kauai for $53 million in a March deal, according to public records.
The Facebook founder and his wife bought the swath of land in three separate transactions, records show. The acreage is located in the northeastern part of the Garden Island and was owned by a local conservation organization, the Waioli Corp.
The land was purchased through Lepeuli LLC, which is registered in Delaware and tied to a limited liability company in San Francisco, Square Seven Management, according to deeds on record with the Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances. That company is controlled by Iconiq Capital, an investment firm that specializes in advising tech executives, including Mr. Zuckerberg.The couple has been developing a ranch on some of the land they already own. They intend to be “mindful” of the conservation efforts of the Waioli Corp., according to a statement about the sale.
“Waioli does essential work promoting conservation and cultural preservation and we are mindful of their legacy with regard to this land,” Ms. Chan and Mr. Zuckerberg said in a joint statement.“We have been working closely with a number of community partners to promote conservation, produce sustainable agriculture and protect native wildlife at our ranch and in the surrounding areas and look forward to extending that effort to Lepeuli in the months ahead.”Ms. Chan and Mr. Zuckerberg—whose net worth is $117 billion, according to Forbes—acquired about 700 acres of land in the region in 2014 for more than $100 million, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2019. Parts of their estate have been embroiled in a feud involving the rights over Kuleana lands, which were granted to native Hawaiian families in the mid-1800s and have been passed down.
Prosecutors demanded the maximum sentence of five years for negligent homicide, and for Lee, seven years for leaving the scene without informing the police. Meanwhile, Hua could receive at least three years, CNA reported.
The deal for the home on the 47th floor comes a month after a court ruled in favor of the Upper West Side building in a fight over its height