Duterte Grand Estafa: Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio recently made a remark on President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that he had never raised the issue on the West Philippine Sea during his presidential campaign in 2016. According to Carpio, Duterte was ‘admitting that “he was fooling the Filipino big time” and that was tantamount to “grand estafa”.
“President Duterte cannot now say that he never discussed or mentioned the West Philippine Sea issue when he was campaigning for President. Otherwise, he would be admitting that he was fooling the Filipino people big time. There is a term for that—grand estafa or grand larceny. Making a false promise to get 16 million votes,” states retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.
In a public address, Duterte said that he never promised that he would “pressure” China and retake the West Philippine Sea in his 2016 campaign. Read more: Duterte didn’t promise to fight for West PH Sea? That’s ‘grand estafa’, says Carpio, an article by Inquirer.Net
“I did not promise that I would pressure China. I never mentioned about China and the Philippines in my campaign because that was a very serious matter,” says President Duterte.
However, it may be recalled that the president made a controversial statement in 2016.
“Bababa ako at sasakay ako ng jet ski, dala dala ko ang flag ng Filipino at pupunta ako dun sa airport [ng China] tapos itanim ko. I will say, ‘This is ours and do what you want with me’,” was Duterte’s statement that went viral during his 2016 campaign.
Moreover, a statement was issued by the Duterte camp during that time expressing Duterte’s support of the arbitration case against China: “As a Filipino, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte fully supports the case now pending in The Hague questioning China’s occupation of areas in the West Philippine Sea that the Philippines considers its territory. He is hopeful for a favorable ruling for the Philippines.”