Duterte asks Aquino, Trillanes: How did PH lose Scarborough Shoal?

Duterte asks Aquino, Trillanes: How did PH lose Scarborough Shoal?



It’s about time the whole nation including those who have been believing that the Aquino administration is squeaky clean with respect to the West Philippine Sea (WPS) dispute, to know the truth-  the whole truth.

As early as May 2016, then still Davao city mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterta already called out then President Benigno Aquino “Pnoy” Aquino III, asking him and senator Antonio Trillanes “How did the Philippines lose Scarborough Shoal”?



“I would like to know from anybody in the executive department of the past administration why we lost the Scarborough Shoal,” Duterte said , “I can take all the insults, the muck and garbage that is part of the territory of politics, but itong ganitong nawalan tayo ng lupa (but to lose our land), or whatever is under the water is lupa (land), I can’t take it,” Duterte said.

 Satellite image of the disputed Scarborough Shoal, also known as Bajo de Masinloc or Panatag    Shoal, which located 124 nautical miles west of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon. Inset is President Duterte  (photo credit to PDI)


He maintained that the contested territory “belongs to our exclusive economic zone (EEC).”


“Why is it now that we can no longer operate (there)?” Duterte
asks.

Duterte recalled that close Aquino ally – senator Trillanes initiated secret, “back-channel” talks with the Chinese government that could have only put in jeopardy the Philippine interest over the shoal.



“Trillanes went (to China) there 16 times,” Duterte said, “After the 16th visit, we have lost the Scarborough Shoal,” he added. “To me, it’s treason,” he said. “Somebody has to answer for that, it means livelihood for the Philippines, for the Filipinos, our fishermen will be deprived,” he said.

Last May 6, 2016, a complaint lodged by Duterte’s partymates charges of treason and espionage charges against President Aquino and Trillanes for the conduct of “back-channel talks” with China that allegedly “only advanced (the) interest of our Asian neighbor.”


“Senator Trillanes met with the Chinese 16 times, and he requested that the meeting (be) secret. In those meetings, Trillanes (mentioned) that the Philippines cannot enforce coastal protection. And that made the Chinese take an aggressive [stance] and take over our areas like Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands. That alone constitutes treason,” former sectoral Representative Ronald Adamat, who signed as one of the complainants, said.



Duterte’s camp said they had basis for filing the charges as China committed aggression by occupying the country’s territories, an act tantamount to waging a war.

“We include the President (Aquino) because Trillanes could not have done this without the order of the President. They breached international policy. They did it without coursing their efforts through the foreign affairs department,” Adamat said.







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