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Palace to Carpio: Duterte didn’t fool Filipinos to get votes in 2016 election

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Palace to Carpio: Duterte didn’t fool Filipinos to get votes in 2016 election

PRESIDENTIAL spokesman Harry Roque Jr. slammed retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio after he accused President Rodrigo Duterte of committing “grand estafa” by making a false promise about the West Philippine Sea.

At a chance interview on the sidelines of the turnover ceremony for the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) Modular Hemodialysis Facility in Quezon City on Wednesday, Roque said Duterte did not fool Filipinos to get votes.

“Nalulungkot ako na bagamat hindi sumasagot si retired justice Carpio dun sa ating sinasabi natin na kabahagi siya dun sa namigay ng ating mga karagatan e he has resorted to name calling (I am saddened that Carpio is refusing to respond to our claim that he is among those who gave our territory, instead he has resorted to name calling).”

“As a former justice, alam naman niya (Carpio) ang elemento ng estafa at alam niya na hindi ito estafa (As a former justice, he knows that elements of estafa and he knows that this is not estafa).”

Carpio on Tuesday said Duterte fooled Filipinos to get votes in the 2016 campaign when he made a promise that he will jet ski to the areas in the West Philippine Sea claimed by China and plant the Philippine flag there and stake a claim.

The former Supreme Court magistrate made the statement after Duterte on Monday said he never promised that he would retake the West Philipipine Sea during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“Hindi po yun panggo-goyo dahil malinaw po ang salitang ginamit ni Presidente. Hindi po niya sinabi na yung nawalang teritoryo ng nakalipas na administrasyon mababalik niya, ang pinangako niya, wala nang teritoryong mawawala sa Pilipinas na siya naman pong nangyayari ngayon (That’s not deception because the words that he used were clear. He did not say that he will reclaim the territories lost to China by the past administration, what he promised is that no territory will be lost and that’s what’s happening now).”