MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Malacañang on Friday downplayed China’s naming of five underwater features in the Benham Rise, comparing them to food that have Chinese names but are widely enjoyed by Filipinos.
“Wag natin palakihin yung issue na nagbigay ng pangalan yung Tsina dun sa mga underwater features na yan,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.
“Marami naman talagang pangalan na binigay ang tsina no. Siopao, siomai, ampao, pechay, hototay. Pero lahat naman po yan, eh hindi ibig sabihin na sila’y nang-aangkin,” he added.
Nevertheless, in order to address the concerns of critics, Roque said that President Duterte has ordered the renaming of the five features to Adobo, Pancit, Kare-Kare, Sinigang, and Pinakbet.
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