To what seems to be a response to Sen. Antonio Trillanes statement earlier about the Scarborough Shoal, presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte said that someone has to explain why the Philippines lost the said island in the West Philippine Sea.
Trillanes held a press conference in his office in the senate earlier today denying the claims of the presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte that the Philippines has lost the Scarborough Shoal to China.
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Trillanes insisted that the Philippines still owns the controversial Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea citing media transcripts of hearings conducted by the Senate committee on national defense. Trillanes is the chair of the said senate committee.
“It’s very dangerous for the presumptive President to say that we’ve lost Scarborough kasi it will weaken our claim unless nagpapauna sya at ituturo lang sa amin. I will not allow that to happen because we have that on record na bago sya nag-assume in office, sa atin pa ang Scarborough, wala pang reclamation dyan,” he said.
(It’s very dangerous for the presumptive President to say that we’ve lost Scarborough because it will weaken our claim unless he is preempting and it would be instructed to us. I will not allow that to happen because we have that on record that before he assumed office, Scarborough is ours, there is no reclamation there yet.)
Later after Trillanes held his press con, Duterte appeared in front of the media for a separate press conference detailing his future plans and policies as well as revealed a few names on his cabinet.
It seems that Trillanes already knew the contents of Duterte’s statement questioning how the Philippines lost the Scarborough Shoal as China put up installations in the island, which could affect the ongoing arbitration for the contested properties.
Duterte and his allies filed treason and espionage against President Benigno Aquino III and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for undertaking “back-channel talks” with China that “only advanced [the] interest of our Asian neighbor.”
The complaint said that “Senator Trillanes met with the Chinese 16 times, and he requested that the meeting [be] secret. In those meetings, Trillanes made mention that the Philippines cannot enforce coastal protection. And that made the Chinese takes an aggressive [stance] and takes over our areas like Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands. That alone constitutes treason,” former Rep. Ronald Adamat said, citing the notes made by former Philippine Ambassador to China Sonia Brady.