Robredo demands transparency in PHL-China deals signed during state visit

Robredo demands transparency in PHL-China deals signed during state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping just concluded his State visit to the country among the highlight of the visit is the signing of 29 agreements between both countries.

Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo has called on the Duterte administration to be “transparent” regarding the bilateral agreements it signed with China.

Vice Pres. Leni Robredo (photo credit to owner)

"We call on the administration to be transparent with all the bilateral agreements signed yesterday with the People’s Republic of China," Robredo said in a statement.

"The Filipino people should be informed how deals — such as the Memorandum of Understanding on the Belt and Road Initiative, the Infrastructure Cooperation Program, and, most notably, the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation on Oil and Gas Development — will benefit our country and serve our national interest." 

Robredo also reiterated that aside from being transparent the Duterte administration should also "stand firm and exert all diplomatic means to assert our sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea, consistent with the our historic victory before the arbitral tribunal more than two years ago."

The Vice President is referring to the July 2016 United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling favoring the Philippines and rejecting China’s nine-dash line theory.

"Our sovereignty must not be compromised in any agreement we enter into with any country," Robredo said.

Robredo added that friendship with China, though welcome, "should not come at the expense of the interests of our people and our nation."
"Our interests should always come first when we deepen relations with other nations, especially at a time when majority of our people continue to contend with daily challenges brought about by elevated prices and lack of livelihood opportunities," she said.

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