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Trump Jr. ‘stupid’ tweets on Tubbataha rile Filipino netizens

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The remarks of American businessman Donald Trump Jr. criticizing a US Navy plan to dismantle its minesweeper that is stuck at the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea has sparked outrage among netizens and prompted a militant group to ask President Aquino to declare him persona non grata in the Philippines.

The militant group Anakbayan on Thursday said that Trump’s tweets, which indicated that he thought the USS Guardian was more important than the reef, were offensive and displayed a lack of regard for Philippine heritage.

Trump is the son of American real estate mogul Donald Trump, who is investing in a real estate project in Makati City.

“Trump Jr.’s attitude toward the Tubbataha Reefs reflects that of the US military and government’s general view [of] the Philippines: a [US] colony. Thus, their lack of respect for our sovereignty and national heritage,” Anakbayan chairman Vencer Crisostomo said in a statement.

Anakbayan also said all US military troops must be declared persona non grata in the Philippines.

‘Stupid’ plan

Trump tweeted a link from a news website that reported the $277-million Guardian, still stuck in Tubbataha two weeks after running aground there on Jan. 17, was going to be dismantled instead of being towed so as not to cause more damage to the reef.

In his remarks attached to the link, he said: “This is how stupid we are! $1/4 bil + ho hum.”

When Twitter user @adamq112 asked Trump if he was saying the boat was more important than the reef, Trump said he was not referring to the whole reef.

“But yes, a 277 million boat is more important than a 200 x 50 section of reef that has already been run over,” he said.

He also told @polablangkita that the whole reef was not destroyed, just a portion of it the size of the ship.

“That is not worth 277 million by any standard,” he said.

It is not yet clear how much damage the Guardian has caused in Tubbataha. The Philippine Coast Guard has estimated the damage at 1,000 square meters of coral reef.

President Aquino has said the US Navy is facing fines for entering the protected natural park and causing damage there.

Park superintendent Angelique Songco said the government imposes a fine of $300 for every square meter of damaged reef.

More damage

But former Sen. Jamby Madrigal said Thursday that the US Navy should pay the Philippines more than P700 million for the mess caused by the Guardian.

Madrigal, who is running again for the Senate in the May midterm elections, said the fine pegged by the Philippine government, equivalent to P38 million, was too little compared to the $15 million the US Navy paid to Hawaii for the damage to coral caused by the grounding of USS Port Royal there in February 2009.

“I hope the [Department of Environment and Natural Resources will] push for [a bigger fine],” Madrigal told reporters during a visit to the City of San Fernando in Pampanga province.

She said a big amount was needed for the rehabilitation of Tubbataha.

Responding to other Twitter users, Trump said it would be better if the ship was towed off the area instead of spending months tearing it apart, since the endeavor would entail the use of other ships that might cause more damage.

“Months of disassembly and other boats will do more damage than pulling it off,” he said.

Several netizens disagreed.

Twitter user @CaraManglapus told Trump: “You obviously don’t know what or where you’re talking about. It’s Asia’s most prized reef. Ratio insignificant.”

Another user, @elisrivac, asked Trump: “Do you really consider money your God? Come on. Please make us a natural coral reef out of your dollars.”

Scrap agreements

Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño also tweeted: “Your 277 million killing machine can never be more important than even a small section of reef that gives life to the oceans.”

Terry Ridon, Kabataan party-list president, said Trump’s statements ran counter to the claims of the US government and the US Navy that they respected the Philippines.

Ridon said the Philippines must scrap its military agreements with the United States. With a report from Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon








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  • adscity_info

    The Philippines should declare war against the US. In the first place, why they were in the Philippine territory? It means they were spying us.

    • Pluma Mana

      hahaha patawa ka! di nga kaya ng govt na magdeclare ng war sa npa at milf at lalo na sa china, sa america pa kaya.  

    • http://twitter.com/oderfla57 Alfred Aquino

      this man is a fool!

    • milespacker

       Tsk-tsk. Drugs = paranoia. . . . . .

  • intsikbeho

    we should also look into how the US will dismantle the ship.. without further damaging the coral reefs. 

    i seriously doubt you can get away dismantling that ship without damaging more reefs using more ships and barges coming in and out to cut the ship into pieces and hauling parts away.

    its a disaster and if you think about it, perhaps trump is right that the best way to do this without damaging more corals is to just yank the ship out through the path that it took going in. 

    lets not be too sensitive as filipinos. i know we love and dearly protect our tubataha virgin reefs, let emotions set aside to reason. 

    • INQ_reader

      Agree 101%. In the news, they will build a metalic structure with 4 wide pillars. Of course those pillar will have to ruin more precious marine life before they can be built.

  • milespacker

    Sarap sanang patulan ng statement ni Trump, kaya lang nauna na ang anakbayan. Communists = China. Americans are our allies.

    • INQ_reader

      With intruding allies like americans, who needs China?

      Could you name the benefit we get from america?

      • milespacker

        The answer to your question becomes obvious since China started bullying us out of our territory. America as a hegemony has brought peace and freedom to much of the world. The Muslims and the Chinese would like to dominate, but I don’t think the rest of the world is ready to relinquish the freedom and the order that we’ve come to know.

      • INQ_reader

        Here’s your answer. Moreover, VFA was not intended for territorial dispute, but to neutralize the Abu Sayyaf. But it failed because the group is still alive, kicking and kidnapping.

        US not coming to PH aid vs China

        By Julie M. Aurelio, Norman Bordadora
        Philippine Daily Inquirer

        1:29 am | Sunday, June 12th, 2011

        The United States yesterday said it will not side with any party
        in the Spratlys conflict, which is to say that the Philippines’ most
        powerful ally will not be coming to its aid should its spat with China
        escalate into a shooting war.

        The US Embassy made this clear yesterday in reaction to a
        Malacañang statement earlier yesterday expressing confidence that
        Washington would honor its commitment under the two countries’ Mutual
        Defense Treaty to come to the aid of a beleaguered ally.

      • milespacker

        Well, that is your answer and it’s quite naive. Why would the US effectively declare itself an enemy of China by saying it would come to our aid if the spat becomes a shooting war?

        A statement like that would be nice in blogs but in reality would be a very dumb move.

        The situation is fluid. There are other countries involved besides Philippines and China.

        The game is chess, it ain’t checkers.

      • INQ_reader

        After all your blah-blahs, do you think america is telling a lie, and will still side with the Philippines in a shooting war vs China?

      • milespacker

        As if your blah blah will solve the problem.

        I am glad that people with brains are the ones working to diffuse the tension, and not aggravating it by issuing statements that pertains to “shooting wars.”

        Help will probably come to the Philippines indirectly via other allies like Australia and India. The US at present seem to focus on the Japanese front, which is symbolic.

        I don’t think the US will issue strong statements against China at this time, and I don’t think they will go it alone.

        You are just being simplistic and emotional.

      • INQ_reader

        You mean america controls Australia and India? Where did you get that wild idea?

      • milespacker

        There you go…….nonsense. You substituted “allies” with “control.” I can tell that you are not very intelligent. :-D

        Waste of time.

      • INQ_reader

        If america cannot control Australia and India, what assurance do we have that they will aid us when there’s shooting against China? Anyway, isn’t fielding in “allies” also a form of taking sides in the West Philippine Sea issue, that america said they will not do?

      • milespacker

        Your choice of words like “control” and “fielding” makes me think that you have a lot to learn about alliances.

      • INQ_reader

        I only know the benefits that alliance can bring to my country, the Philippines. If there is none, then it’s time to revoke VFA.

      • milespacker

        What you want are cheap words, that the US will aid the Philippines in the event of a “shooting war.” There is no “shooting war,” and people involved in the negotiations are very careful to avoid that. Words are not an alliance.

        I f we have a strong alliance with the US, then words at this stage are not necessary, the ultimate test is when the conflict start to churn out hostilities.

        You want to revoke the VFA because the US cannot offer you words at this stage. That is just childish. And also, the Chinese would love you.

      • INQ_reader

        There’s no assurance since there are no signed document. Besides, with a confused navy like this, there’s no assurance that their help will stop the enemy. They can’t even navigate properly.

      • milespacker

        Yeah, no assurance. The Chinese will probably kick your butt, you’re probably too much of a coward to fight anyway.

      • INQ_reader

        I’ll fight for this country, believe me. Speaking of coward, here’s a real coward:

        US not coming to PH aid vs China

        By Julie M. Aurelio, Norman Bordadora
        Philippine Daily Inquirer
        1:29 am | Sunday, June 12th, 2011

        The United States yesterday said it will not side with any party in the Spratlys conflict, which is to say that the Philippines’ most powerful ally will not be coming to its aid should its spat with China escalate into a shooting war.

        The US Embassy made this clear yesterday in reaction to a Malacañang statement earlier yesterday expressing confidence that Washington would honor its commitment under the two countries’ Mutual Defense Treaty to come to the aid of a beleaguered ally.
         

      • milespacker

        “Jets roar as US, Japan, Australia drill in Pacific” – today’s headline. Better than the words that you’re after.

      • INQ_reader

        You want words? Here are words:

        US not coming to PH aid vs China

        By Julie M. Aurelio, Norman Bordadora
        Philippine Daily Inquirer
        1:29 am | Sunday, June 12th, 2011

        The United States yesterday said it will not side with any party in the Spratlys conflict, which is to say that the Philippines’ most powerful ally will not be coming to its aid should its spat with China escalate into a shooting war.

        The US Embassy made this clear yesterday in reaction to a Malacañang statement earlier yesterday expressing confidence that Washington would honor its commitment under the two countries’ Mutual Defense Treaty to come to the aid of a beleaguered ally.
         

      • milespacker

        Your news item is outdated. June 12, 2011? It’s 2013 already and allies are conducting exercises as a show of force. Who are Julie M. Aurelio and Norman Bordadora? Are they credible? Who in the US Embassy made your purported statement?

      • sh1seadad

        That’s is what I told him to he is using old news

      • INQ_reader

        Give me the latest link of what america’s stand is. Unless reversed, the latest one stays. Also, if you don’t find INQ reporters credible, then get out of this forum.

        Here’s the sad truth for you as to who said it:

        “The US does not take sides in regional territorial disputes,” the US press attaché Rebecca Thompson said in an e-mailed statement when contacted for comment to deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte’s invoking of the 60-year-old MDT.

      • milespacker

        The US, Australia and Japan are conducting manoeuvres even as we speak yet you stick to news made by two INQ reporters in June 2011? Are you Chinese?

        The sad truth is on you.

      • INQ_reader

        I don’t see the Philippines in the countries that participated. Sorry.
         

      • milespacker

        I know. You only see June 12 2011 news. You’re stuck.

      • INQ_reader

        I have good reason to believe in the June 12, 2011 news, because that is the latest statement from america. If you can provide a latter statement, then that is what we will consider as official stand.

      • sh1seadad

        This is old news from last year

      • INQ_reader

        What’s the latest stand of america? Give me the link. By the way, last year was 2012 not 2011.

  • FernandoBusi

    PDI mag research nga kayo, the Trump family has no investment in Trump Tower Makati its just a branding arrangement between them and Century Properties Group. But thank you for misreporting baka maka discount na ako. 

  • pinoysadubai

    aba at nabuhay na mag-uli ang jamby madrigal….at nagmamaganda na naman…oo, alam namin malapit na ang eleksyon kaya epal ka na naman…sorry, no epek yan, hindi ka pa rin mananalo…bwisetttt….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IRMY2QABCWZK6VQNTMGMQNJEKA SUPERMAN

    Your Ship Mr Trump does not and cannot feed millions of people who benefited from Tubbataha Reef and your comment and reactions only comes fr. devils advocate… kung sisirain lang ng barko ng US ang fish sanctuary saan pa kaya pwedeng tumira at magpalaki ang mga isda. Ating tandaan na ang Tubbataha Reef ay tirahan ng mga isdang pinanggagalingan ng nahuhuli ng ating mga kababayan…. mga Out Brain people who negatively expressed your opinion in favor of Mr Trump please use your  I.Q. kung meron man….    

    • foreignerph

      What “millions of people” does the Reef benefit? Perhaps the owners of the totally overpriced dive resorts there, and the fishermen that sneak around at night with their dynamite or chemicals.

      A shipwreck is a major asset for any reef. I’ve dived all over the Egyptian reefs up till 10 years ago as a divemaster and many had shipwrecks as an extra. The Egyptians cherish those as most divers get bored after a while by the marine life alone, and it makes their stay much more fun.

      The Americans should be paid to leave their wreck in place.

      • INQ_reader

        Reefs are sanctuaries for thousands of life forms under the sea, wherein some can be used as food by humans. 

        Just a question, where those dive sites in Egypt may be good, but where they declared by UN as world heritage site?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    Trump Jr does nit represent the US Navy nor the US government.
    If he tweets, let’s just counter tweet.

    • milespacker

      Exactly. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion – even if it doesn’t agree with your own.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XIDO4V2FQAQ6UPUCBXYOODPLAA drunken_master

    Mas may katwiran naman ang mga sinasabi ni Trump Jr ah.. masyado lang mapapel ang mga ipokritong nagpapacute para sumikat e sobrang “trivial” naman ng argumento nila..

    Sa mga militante kuno — ang pag “dismantle” nung barko ay magbibigay sa US ng dahilan para manatili ang mga pwersa nila sa loob mismo ng teritoryo natin ng mas mahabang panahon.. na, in the first place, noon nyo pa tinatanong kung bakit napadpad ang USS Guardian na yan sa Tubataha reefs??? di ba yun ang dapat nyong isipin??? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XGLLRIKCBQ43CHTMNGVIDCCROI Benjamin

    Trump is just voicing his opinion as American tax payer,  He might be right , he don’t want to destroy the minesweeper..May be the Philippine government can ask the U.S. government to just give that ship to Philippine Navy instead of destroying it.. Filipinos are smart, they can recover easily in good shape..America is a friend of the Philippines and always ready to help when needed.. Watch some of the Filipino politicians they are pretending to be nationalist but they are really communist oriented.. If Chinese Navy done this they just shut up their big mouth.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EGVP3UL7WAF3VAZII55S74TMQQ yahoo-EGVP3UL7WAF3VAZII55S74TMQQ

    let’s take trump jr apart instead and preserve the trump tower instead. the building is worth much more than he does.



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