KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Fire hoses, not water cannons, were used recently on Filipino fishermen by Chinese coast guards in the Philippines’ Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc in the disputed South China Sea territory, President NoyNoy Aquino has clarified.
The President said the government has already obtained the affidavits from the fishermen who were reportedly prohibited by a Chinese patrol ship from fishing in the shoal. His statement came during his meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at his office in Putrajaya.
“I brought it up as part of our discussions before the expanded bilateral (meeting). I mentioned that there has been this reported recent issue again on Scarborough,” the President said in a media interview in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.
“Fire hose, not water cannon, was used based on the report I received. We have affidavits from the fishermen involved,” Aquino added.
Today, Malacañang responded to critics who condemned Aquino’s statement which seemed to defend the Chinese action.
“It’s just like stabbing someone with a butter knife as opposed to a steak knife,” a presidential spokesperson said. “It is not the same, just like there is a difference between a water hose and a water cannon.”
Huh? The president’s statement may be dumb, but the justification issued by his press office is dumber.
It’s more fun in the Philippines.