Throwing down the gauntlet


Ana Marie Pamintuan


The Philippine Star


May 22, 2017


For all his professed goodwill toward China, President Duterte, in his heart of hearts, must be angry. This toughie doesn’t take criticism well, and we can bet that more than criticism, he doesn’t like being threatened. Even if the threat was delivered presumably through an interpreter and some nuances might have been lost in translation. But the translation must have been accurate; the leader of China won’t risk being misinterpreted in his discussions with his Philippine counterpart. Especially when the message being delivered is a threat of war.