GMA News Online reports that former Pagsanjan, Laguna mayor Abner Afuang on Monday, April 30, set fire to two Chinese flags during a demonstration in front of the The World Center in Makati City, where the Chinese consulate is located. Afuang insisted that the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal—site of an ongoing standoff between Manila and Beijing—belongs to the Philippines.
The report said it was not the first time Afuang, also a former policeman, was involved in a flag-burning incident. In 1995, he reportedly burned the Singaporean flag at the height of rallies to save Filipino worker Flor Contemplacion, who was convicted and executed in Singapore for killing her ward.
Afuang was also the angry spectator who poured water on Dr. Hayden Kho Jr. during a 2009 Senate hearing on the “sex scandal” between the doctor and actress-model Katrina Halili. He reportedly spent a night at a police station for his deed.
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