President Rodrigo Duterte admitted on Tuesday night that he was not aware of the reported harassment of Filipino soldiers by Chinese forces in Ayungin Shoal last May.
“I don’t know about that incident. I was busy talking to Korean officials. What kind of harassment?” Duterte said in a press briefing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 2 shortly after his arrival from a three-day official trip in South Korea.
After being explained to her by a reporter asking the question, the President said, “That’s the first time I’ve heard of it. It would be dangerous for me to answer questions without really having the slightest idea of what it is all about.”