- Malacañang distanced itself from the expletive-laden remark of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. telling China to ‘get the f*** out’ of the Philippine territory
- Presidential Spox Harry Roque said that President Duterte left him strict instructions to make sure everyone understands that the remark of the Foreign Affairs Secretary is not the President’s, nor the country’s, policy
- The Spox also said that whatever Locsin said is his own and not the position of the country
- Roque revealed that the President said the Philippines should not be rude towards China as they are the country’s benefactors
Malacañang, through Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, disassociated itself from the tweet of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin, Jr. where he cursed China and asked them to leave Philippine territorial waters.
Sec. Locsin recently posted on Twitter and demanded China to order its vessels that have been lingering in the West Philippine Sea for some time to “get the f*** out” as they are already encroaching Philippine territorial waters.
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Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte gave him strict orders to ensure that everyone understands that the remark of Sec. Locsin is his own and not the President’s, nor the country’s, policy.
“Nililinaw ko po, upon express orders of the President na hindi po ito ang polisiya ng Pilipinas. Kinlaro po ito mismo ng ating Presidente,” Spox explained.
The Malacañang Spox also said that Locsin was just exercising his freedom of speech. “Ang sinabi po ni Secretary Locsin ay kanyang personal na pananaw,” Roque said
He further said that whatever differences the country has with China over the West Philippine Sea would not be an obstacle to the Philippines’ friendship with the Chinese nation and deep cooperation in pandemic response.
In a pre-recorded speech that aired earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte said that the country’s conflict with China over the disputed waters is not a reason to be “rude and disrespectful” because according to the President, China is a benefactor of the Philippines.
The post of Locsin was also reposted online by netizens. One of the lead actors of "Init sa Magdamag", Gerald Anderson, also reposted the statement of Locsin against China in his Instagram Stories.
West Philippine Sea is the official designation by the Philippine government of eastern parts of the South China Sea which are included in the Philippines' exclusive economic zone. The first use of the term “West Philippine Sea” was as early as 2011, during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. The naming was intended as a symbolic gesture to dispute China's sovereignty claim over the whole South China Sea. For a long time, the area has been a subject of dispute between several Southeast Asian nations and China. The disputes involve both island and maritime claims by several sovereign states within the region, namely Brunei, the People's Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan (Republic of China/ROC), Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. An estimated US$3.37 trillion worth of global trade passes through the South China Sea annually, accounting for a third of the global maritime trade.
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To resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner, the Philippines went to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague to present the evidence that the waters, islands, islets, and shoals claimed by the Philippines has historical and legal basis and China has no right over the disputed areas. The Hague released its ruling on July 12, 2016, about two weeks since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. However, the President opted to set aside the ruling for reasons only he knows.
Last year, when Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana went to Pag-asa Island, which is part of the West Philippine Sea, along with high-ranking military officials and several representatives from the media, they were met with a surprise. Upon setting foot on the island, they received an intriguing text message saying “Welcome to China.” Those who received the message showed to the public the content of the message that popped up on their phones.
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