We are now trying to fix del Rosario’s mess - Panelo

We are now trying to fix del Rosario’s mess - Panelo

Malacanang is now on an offensive.
Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo hits back at former Foreign Affairs secretary Albert Del Rosario, saying the Duterte administration is now “trying to fix his mess” after the country lost possession of the Sacrborough /Panatag shoal in 2012.
This came about when DelRosario slammed Panelo’s “mindless” remarks on  Manila’s maritime dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo and former foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario (photo credit to owner)

Panelo, in retailiating against Del Rosario said.
“What is mindless is when one makes reckless statements under the guise of pretended patriotism on unverified reports of intrusion or harassment, or performs actions that could provoke an armed retaliation,” he said.

Last week Panelo rebuked Del Rosario , saying it was during Aquino’s administration and as foreign secretary at that time the country lost possession of the Scarborough/Panatag shoal.
Del Rosario resonded to Panelo saying that there was a US brokered agreement for the Philippines and China to simultaneously withdraw ships from Scarborough/Panatag shoal during the 2012 standoff.
However, he said China did not withdraw ships.
ut Panelo said “there is no proof that the United States has brokered an agreement for the Philippines and China to withdraw their respective vessels during the Scarborough Shoal standoff in 2012.’
“Even if there was such brokering, Mr. Del Rosario’s ordering the withdrawal of Philippine vessel or vessels without the knowledge and consent of former President Aquino demonstrated his inexperience and naïveté in the art of psychological warfare,” he said. 
“By such horrendous mistake we lost Scarborough Shoal to the Chinese under Mr. Del Rosario’s watch.  We are now trying to fix his mess, and no amount of justification from him could justify his monumental blunder,” he added.

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