By Ellson Quismorio
Two ranking members of the House of Representatives said they wished that Chris Goulding, the Australian cager who called Filipinos “monkeys” on Twitter, would spew his racist remarks in front of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Let him say that in front of Duterte and he will get his comeuppance,” said AKO-Bicol Party-List Rep. Rodel Batocabe said of Goulding, who figured in an on court brawl Monday during a FIBA World Cup Qualifier match between Gilas Pilipinas and the Australia Boomers at the Philippine Arena.
It was after the game, which the Philippine national team lost 89-53, that Goulding turned into a keyboard warrior and tweeted, “Philippino Monkeys!!! Trash team. Trash crowd. Trash federation. Trash country. #Disgraceful.”
“At the vey least, Goulding should be grateful not one of us Pinoys have branded Australians, who are generally nice, with criminal and satanic blood running through their veins. Too bad, Goulding still seems to carry the blood of his criminal descendants,” added the Bicolano.
Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Barbers, chairman of the House Committee on Drugs, echoed Batocabe’s preference to have Goulding test his own brand of tough talk against President Duterte.
“Oh yes, I would love to see that!! Tingnan ko nga kung kaya niya sabihin sa harap ni Duterte (Let’s see if he can say those things in front of Duterte),” Barbers said.
The Mindanao solon couldn’t help but throw a jab of his own at Goulding, who has since left the country with his team.
Both Batocabe and Barbers are among the many House allies of President Duterte, who for better or worse has caught the attention of the world for his tendency to use curse words and street language.