The Philippines has taken the gloves off in its dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea, with its top diplomat dropping the F-bomb as he demanded the withdrawal of Chinese vessels near the Scarborough Shoal. "Not us. We're trying", he replied to a news article on the diplomatic protests. "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".
Luxen frequently uses this type of language on Twitter and defended his recent revolution by saying that traditional diplomatic language is not bearing fruit.
The latest row was sparked by confrontations between rival coast guards around the Scarborough Shoal - an uninhabited island claimed by both nations.
The Philippines has fired-off another diplomatic protest against China, objecting to "the shadowing, blocking, unsafe maneuver, and radio challenges by the Chinese Coast Guard [CCG] against the Philippine Coast Guard [PCG] vessels conducting maritime patrols and training exercises in the vicinity of Bajo de Masinloc on April 24 and 25, 2021".More news: WA premier backs snap COVID-19 lockdowns
The latest spat between Manila and Beijing over the resource-rich waters - which China claims nearly entirely - flared up in March after hundreds of Chinese boats were spotted inside the Philippines' Exclusive Economic Zone.
USA carrier groups have sailed near Chinese-controlled islands in the disputed waters several times this year, drawing denunciation from China.
Members of the group Makabansang Alyansa display tarpaulins as they staged a lightning rally at the US Embassy in Manila on Labor Day to demonstrate their call for the United States to get out of the West Philippine Sea and the disputed waters of the South China Sea, and allow the Philippines "to pursue a sovereign and non-aligned foreign policy" in the waterway.
The Philippines' foreign ministry said it had also protested the "incessant, illegal, prolonged, and increasing presence" of China's fishing vessels and maritime militia in its economic zones. According to Philippine officials, the Chinese vessels "are manned by militia".More news: Canada to start to get Pfizer vaccines from the United States next week
In this March 31, 2021, photo Chinese vessels are moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea.
China has refused repeated calls from the Philippines to withdraw the boats, and tensions have intensified as Manila steps up maritime patrols in the area. China said it owns the reef and the Chinese vessels were sheltering from rough seas.
The Philippine government says the reef is within an internationally recognized offshore zone where Manila has exclusive rights to exploit fisheries, oil, gas and other resources.More news: Province to legislate three paid sick days
Last week, DFA said at least 78 diplomatic protests have been filed against China under the Duterte administration.