Rep. Pulong to Akbayan: It is not the job of the VP or DepEd Sec to demonize China

Davao City First District Representative Paolo
Davao City First District Representative Paolo "Pulong" Duterte joins his younger sister, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara, during Parada Dabawenyo. Rep. Pulong reacted to the statement of Akbayan Party-list against VP Sara on the issue of Chinese vessels' actions in the West Philippine Sea. LEAN DAVAL JR

Davao City First District Representative Paolo “Pulong” Duterte slammed the Akbayan Party-list’s tirades against Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte on the actions of Chinese vessels in West Philippine Sea (WPS).

The militant Akbayan Party-list challenged the vice president to speak up and make her position known amid the persistent hostility of China in the disputed waters.

In a statement, Akbayan Party-list head Rafaela David said the vice president should “show some courage” and “defend” the country’s sovereignty instead of using her voice to defend Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.

In his reply, Rep. Pulong said, “the question on the actions of Chinese vessels in the WPS should be directed to the chief architect of foreign policy, the Secretary of National Defense, and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. It is not the job of the Vice President or the Secretary of the Department of Education to demonize China or any country for that matter. We can see this task is your assignment.”

Rep. Pulong also urged the Filipinos to take a pause and pray this Holy Week.

“Reflect on the savior Jesus Christ as he is nailed to the cross, we shall also reflect on why you nail everything to the Vice President. And we fervently hope that your words are not part of the reason why there is action in the WPS. Let us all pray for a peaceful holy week for our beloved country that is not disrupted by press propaganda of Akbayan,” he said.

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