“Why don’t we gas up our jet ski boats and all together ram that goddamn beauty product company which tagged Manila as a province of China, starting from Manila Bay all the way to Binondo Estero? Better if the owners are inside,” Senator Ping Lacson in a Twitter post August 21.
This is after a business establishment used “Manila, Province, P.R. China” as part of its address.
Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Roque said on August 20, “eh sa akin kalokohan lang po iyan ‘no, hindi dapat pinapansin iyan ‘no dahil wala namang naniniwala na tayo ay probinsya ng Tsina.”
“Sinisiguro po na lahat ng Pilipino ay nagmamahal sa bayan. We are proud to be Filipinos and we will never allow to be subjugated by any foreign body,” Secretary Roque added.
On the same day, August 20, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno ordered the closure of the said business in Binondo.
“Una, misrepresentation at pangalawa, ang Binondo ay bahagi ng Maynila at ang Maynila ay Pilipinas. Ang Maynila ay capital ng bansa, hindi ito probinsya ng China at ni minsan hindi ito naging bahagi ng China sa anumang lathalain o kasaysayan na naitala. Hindi katanggap-tanggap sa’kin bilang Pilipino, bilang Manilenyo,” Mayor Moreno said.