- The Philippine Foreign Ministry has accused China of following and hindering Philippine coast guard vessels
- President Rodrigo Duterte has pursued warmer ties with Beijing but the conflict over territorial waters has grown in recent months
- The Philippines has been beefing up its maritime muscle in response to the dispute
“China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see…. O…. GET THE F*** OUT,” tweeted Teodoro Locsin, who is known for colourful language on social media.
“What are you doing to our friendship? You. Not us. We’re trying. You. You’re like an ugly oaf forcing your attentions on a handsome guy who wants to be a friend; not to father a Chinese province …”