This time, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was the target of her charotism, after he told the public to keep calm with China naming five features of the undersea plateau Benham Rise, located in eastern Luzon. The 13-million hectare underwater region, which is also officially called the Philippine Rise, is said to be an oil and resource depot.
"For me, we should not be too alarmist on this because China has given names to many things. Siopao, mami, all these were named by the Chinese. Hototay soup, but this did not mean that they owned these," Roque was quoted by INQUIRER.net, adding that the Philippines would eventually give its own labels.
Since replacing Ernesto Abella late last year, the government official has made people rethink the phrase, "Your taxes are working for you"—from describing fake news as "essential" to his comments on the Chinese military bases in the South China Sea: "There will come a time when China's might has ceased, when we will have to thank them for those islands."
Several netizens weren't buying the Spox's latest argument; some even called out its flat-out absurdity. But once more, it was Ethel's rebuttal that won the internet:
The comedienne's wit-fueled reply instantly spawned a whole bunch of possible "Chinese names" for Roque on Twitter, bordering on playful and painful.
Mind your language
That's offensive to the juice brand
Sakuragi be like
He could well be an F4 member
Can't go wrong with reversal
This one's absolute gold