MANILA – A Filipino fisherman in Infanta, Pangasinan said Wednesday he took offense at President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent clarification that his 2016 campaign statement of riding a jet ski and challenging Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea was just a joke.
“Kaming mga mangingisda dito, masama ang loob namin. Ba’t gano’n lang, joke joke lang ‘yong sinabi niya sa akin noon?” Carlo Montehermozo told TeleRadyo.
(The fishermen here are angry that what he said to me was just a joke.)
“Joke joke lang din siya naging presidente natin,” he later added.
(He’s also a joke of a President.)
THEN VS NOW: What Duterte said about riding jet ski to Scarborough Shoal
It was Montehermozo who asked Duterte and other presidential candidates during a televised debate in 2016 on what they could do for fishermen like him to peacefully fish in the country’s territorial waters without being driven away by the Chinese Coast Guard in the disputed South China Sea.
Montehermozo, among 16 million people who voted for Duterte in the last presidential elections, said he felt deceived by the President’s pledge five years ago.
“Kahit ‘yong hindi nakakapunta ng Scarborough [Shoal], kahit ‘yong hindi pa nakarating, sinasabi sa’kin na, ‘Wala na. Nag-uulyanin na talaga ‘yong Presidente natin,'” he said.
(Even those who haven’t been to Scarborough Shoal, they told me, “Our President seems to have become forgetful.”)
“Nagpangako siya ng gano’n tapos hindi niya tinupad,” he added.
(He made a promise but broke it.)
Montehermozo also slammed the President for calling those who believed in him back then as “stupid.”
“Hindi akong istupidong tao,” he said.
(I’m not stupid.)
Carlo, Pinoy fisherman, deals with Chinese aggression
In the upcoming 2022 elections, Montehermozo said Filipinos must choose their leaders wisely.
“Pag-isipan na lang mabuti kung sino talaga ‘yong makakatulong talaga sa atin, sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.
(Think wisely on who could help us, our fellow countrymen.)
Asked if he would vote for another member of the Duterte family if they seek the presidency, he said this: “Iba nalang siguro. Ibang presidente nalang. ‘Pag Duterte naman, gano’n lang din. Kung ano ang puno, [siya ang] bunga ng mangga.”
(Maybe just someone else. Another president. If it’s another Duterte, it’s just going to be the same. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.)
Duterte says his jet ski promise a ‘pure joke’ that ‘stupid’ people believed
In his regular public address Monday, Duterte said his 2016 campaign statement to ride a jet ski to challenge Chinese incursions in Philippine waters within the South China Sea was a “pure campaign joke” and that those believed it were “stupid.”
“Panahon sa kampanya ‘yan, at saka iyong biro na ‘yon, we call it bravado,” the President said of his remarks 5 years ago.