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Officials not allowed to discuss West PH Sea

President Rodrigo Duterte has forbidden members of his Cabinet from discussing the West Philippine Sea with anybody.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile regarding the disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea prior to his talk to the people at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on May 17, 2021. ALBERTO ALCAIN/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

He issued the directive on Monday night after listening to former senator Juan Ponce Enrile talk on issues concerning the West Philippine Sea.

“Refrain from discussing the West Philippine Sea with anybody,” he said. “If we have to talk, we talk and tayo tayo lang (If we have to talk, we talk among ourselves),” Duterte told members of his Cabinet.

The gag order, however, does not cover his spokesman Harry Roque Jr.

The maritime dispute with China has become a hot topic again because of the continuous presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea. The President trained his guns on retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio when the latter criticized the President on his stand on the dispute.

Duterte had been attacked for his perceived soft stance on China, particularly after saying that the country cannot afford to go to war with Beijing.

Enrile agreed with the Chief Executive, saying the Philippines, instead of being aggressive or assertive, should be friendly toward China amid the maritime dispute.

“We cannot ignore China. We have to deal with China. Instead of making China as a foe or irritate China, why don’t we befriend China without surrendering our rights?” he said.

“We have to deal with China; we cannot afford to antagonize China,” Enrile added.

Enrile said officials must not let their emotions overpower them handling the issue.

“Hindi natin kailangan ang mainit na ulo diyan sa bagay na ‘yan sapagkat ‘yan ay malaki ang kaugnayan niyang usapin na ‘yan hindi lamang sa ekonomiya ng Pilipinas kung hindi sa seguridad ng ating bansa (We need not be hot headed in matters like that because that can have huge impact not only on our economy but on our country’s security),” Enrile said.

Meanwhile, during the Cabinet meeting, Duterte and Enrile questioned the role of former senator Antonio Trillanes 4th in the Panatag Shoal standoff in 2012.

According to Enrile, Trillanes was involved in negotiations between the Philippine and China during the standoff.

“The mystery to me was why Trillanes and not someone else? Why was Trillanes directed as the negotiator for Aquino and where did Trillanes get the influence over some authorities in Beijing in those days?” he asked.

Duterte also wondered why then President Benigno Aquino 3rd allowed Trillanes to engage in back-channel negotiations with China.

The President said Trillanes visited China 16 times and after his 16th visit, the Philippines lost Panatag Shoal.

Former Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario said China illegally seized Panatag after it breached an agreement brokered by the United States for both Manila and Beijing to simultaneously withdraw their vessels from the disputed territory.

Amid the festering dispute, Duterte said the Philippines would continue to conduct maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea.

“Our principled position in the West Philippine Sea remains. I have said it before and I will say it again, our agencies have been directed to do what they must and should to protect and defend our nation’s interest. Our vessels will continue to patrol relevant areas to firmly assert what is ours,” Duterte said in a statement read by his Roque on Tuesday.

While the Philippines will not waver in its commitment to defend its territories, Duterte also said the government must do what it can to resolve the maritime dispute peacefully.

“We must be willing to do what we can as responsible members of the international community to resolve disputes peacefully. Let us fully utilize the Bilateral Consultation Mechanisms or BCM and other diplomatic venues to engage China,” he added.

In his press briefing on Tuesday, Roque said only he and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. are authorized to speak on West Philippine Sea issues.

The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea, or NTF-WPS, will no longer issue its reports to the public on incidents in the West Philippine Sea, he said.

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