‘Add up to fakery,’ Hontiveros says of ’50-100′ protests vs China
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano gave ‘vague, evasive, and fallacious’ answers about these ’50-100′ diplomatic protests, says Senator Risa Hontiveros
Senator Risa Hontiveros slammed Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday, August 29, for claiming that the Duterte administration has filed 50 to 100 diplomatic protests against China.
“A total fakery. Nonexistent. A figment of their imagination,” Hontiveros said of Cayetano’s claim.
Hontiveros grilled Cayetano on Tuesday, August 28, about the supposed 50 to 100 protests that Manila has filed against Beijing.
Number of protests
It was Cayetano who, in a congressional hearing on May 30, gave this estimated number of protests. Days later, the Department of Foreign Affairs on June 4 said in a written statement that it has undertaken “85 diplomatic actions,” without specifying if these were against China or other countries in general.
On Tuesday, Hontiveros asked Cayetano if he is confirming “that there were 50 to 100 diplomatic actions,” and “how many were in the form of notes verbale, how many were diplomatic demarches, how many were collective notes.”
“Honestly, we haven’t counted, but we’re giving you the assurance that for each and every incident, we take the appropriate diplomatic action,” Cayetano said on Tuesday.
“In a purpose-driven foreign policy, how many doesn’t really matter,” he added, saying this is his message to Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, who pressed him on May 30 about the number of protests filed against China.On Wednesday, Hontiveros said Cayetano’s answers were “vague, evasive, and fallacious.” She said Cayetano “is obviously dodging the issue.”
“How could uncovering the correct number of his conciliatory activities against China, the dates and times they were made, and the idea of these dissents trade off our national security? It is preposterous. You needn’t bother with an official session for that. I was not notwithstanding soliciting the substance from these dissents yet basically the essential highlights of his case,” Hontiveros said.
The Philippines claims it has documented challenges against China, however declines to expose these to abstain from fomenting the Chinese government and to draw in monetary additions. Meanwhile, China proceeds with its attacks into Philippine waters, notwithstanding saying that it is enabling Filipinos to angle in Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea “out of generosity.”