Opposition Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan is back at what he does best: criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.
In his most recent remark, Pangilinan raised an eyebrow on the government’s move to deploy more than 600 policemen, soldiers, coast guard personnel, firemen, and civic group members during the first day of the 6-month temporary closure of Boracay Island.
Pangilinan questioned such number of law enforcement personnel are deployed in the island when there are no signs of terrorists or even invaders in the area.
“Boracay island is a tourist destination with a long coastline of soft, white sand beach. It is not a conflict area or a war zone,” Pangilinan said in a statement.
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He also lambasted the government’s decision to deploy hundreds of security personnel in the island yet has a very timid response when China deployed their people in an area that falls under the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
“It is a shame that the administration is deploying the military, police, and the coast guard in Boracay while China has been blatantly trespassing in our territory and disrespecting our sovereignty,” he added.
The Senator said that the Duterte administration is the actual threat in Boracay after implementing a 6-month shutdown without any concrete plans for the thousands of workers that will lose their jobs.
“It is ironic that the government can express so much love to China’s President Xi Jinping but can’t be bothered to provide jobs for the displaced Boracay workers,” he said.
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