Casiño blasts Donald Trump Jr.’s twitter post about USS Guardian

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The USS Guardian AP/AFP WESCOM

MANILA, Philippines — A legislator on Thursday slammed Donald Trump Jr.’s posts about the US Navy’s plan to dismantle its ship which ran aground the Tubbataha Reef as “stupid.”

Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casiño hit at Trump, son and namesake of a US tycoon who posted the message, “This is how stupid we are! $1/4 bil+ho hum” referring to a report on the US Navy dismantling its $277 million ship to prevent further damage to the Tubbataha Reef.

He said Trump’s posts reflected the US sentiment over the incident–that the Navy vessel was of greater importance than the coral reef.

Trump’s posts have caused an uproar over Filipino Twitter users.

Some decried the American businessman’s statements which they felt belittled the damage caused by the US Navy ship to the coral reef which was considered a national treasure.

@polablangkita said “Good morning from the Philippines Mr. @DonaldTrumpJr! The REEF is not just a part of our country..it is a NATIONAL TREASURE.

Trump replied “perhaps but the whole reef was not destroyed just a chunk the size of a boat. That is not worth [$]277 million by any standard.”

“Not the whole reef but yes, a [$]277mil boat is more important than a 200×50 section of reef that has already been run over,” Trump also said in reply to @adamq112 who asked “a boat is more important than a coral reef?”

But Casiño said that the damage caused to the Tubbataha Reef which was worth $342 million according to previous studies, should be more important than the fate of the USS Guardian.

In a reply to Trump over Twitter, the lawmaker said “your 277mil killing machine can never be more important than even a small section of a reef that gives life to the oceans.”

He said that it was important to note the “domino effect” that the damage to the coral reef would have on the marine ecosystem.

“Best option: gawin na lang patubuan ng talaba ang USS Guardian (turn the USS Guardian into an oyster farm),” he said.

Casiño, along with Kabataan  Representative Raymond Palatino, on Monday filed House Resolution 3012 which condemned the refusal of the USS Guardian to recognize Philippine authority and calling for the cessation of all port calls, warship docking and other military exercises by US Forces in the Philippines.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/ריקי-נאה/100000741080068 ריקי נאה

    “THIS KID IS NOT A POLICY MAKER. WE WON’T WASTE OUR ON HIM.”

    -MALACANANG

  • ruben_bush

    Gusto lang um-epal niyan si Teddy Casino. Bawa’t pagkakataon na emepal gagawin niya. May tarp sa Nazareno, may tarp sa Sto. Nino, may mukha rin niya sa victory liner…. talagang epal…..pero tiyak na talo na naman yan kasi bistado na sila ng taong bayan, alam ng bayan na isa lamang siyang tuta at papet ng pinuno ng CPP na si Joma Sison.

  • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

    Ridiculous publicity hounds.

    • http://twitter.com/Past3rip Paulino M. Duque

       tama

  • Alexis_Ferro

    Naku Casino , palibhasa amerika ang involve, pero yung sa spratlys, involved ang China, tameme ka, traydor.

    • http://twitter.com/Past3rip Paulino M. Duque

       haha politika nga naman ….. do or die

  • http://twitter.com/Past3rip Paulino M. Duque

    They’ve been sailing more than a year but  they never knew the value of marine life….its ignorance…$277  wont changed the way they destroy the part of reef. They are liable so they should stop providing wrong opinions to protect their ego’s. we are not bound to tolerate their weakness even US was our alliance. Its like being a friend one commit mistake and the other corrects.

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