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Ride a jetski to Spratlys? Kalokohan! Duterte confirms campaign promise a joke

Duterte confirms campaign promise a joke: President Rodrigo Duterte has no plans of making good on his campaign promise to ride a jetski to the Spratlys Group of Islands in the West Philippine Sea to plant the Philippine flag.

In a speech in Davao City Thursday (March 1), Duterte confirmed his controversial promise in 2016 was just a joke.

“Iyong sabi ko mag-jet ski ako doon sa China, kalokohan ‘yon. Wala gani akong heaven road. Istorya man lang ‘yon. Maniwala pala kayo,” he said.

In April 2016, Duterte bragged about riding a jetski to the Spratlys Group of Islands to assert Philippine sovereignty in lieu of engaging China in a shootout.

“I will ask the Navy to bring me to the nearest point in South China Sea that is tolerable to them and I will ride a jet ski‎. I will carry a flag and when I reach Spratlys, I will erect the Filipino flag. I wil tell them (Chinese), Suntukan o barilan?” he asked.

China claims the South China Sea, of which the West Philippine Sea is part, in its entirety.

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