Locsin to reject any "panda offer" from China to PH

Locsin to reject any "panda offer" from China to PH

Good news is that the Philippines would have its own panda to take care of.
Bad news is, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. rejected the idea citing the lack of facilities in the country to fully take care of the bear.

This was the decision of the DFA secretary when China offered the Philippines its precious and world renowned animal its Panda.
A panda was sent by China in Thailand which died recently at the age of 19 years old.
(photo credit to owner)

"If it becomes a formal state offer, I will flatly reject it and fight it," Locsin said on his official Twitter account.
"I won't be an accomplice in the killing of Kung Fu Panda whose wisdom I quoted at the United Nations General Assembly as the Philippines statement. 'Enough talk, let's fight,'" he added, making reference to an American animation film with a giant panda as its main character.
The DFA Secretary was reportedly initially turned down an apparent offer by a “mainland well-connected friend” saying he does not want to starve the bear, an endemic species native to south central China.

"Why I politely dismissed an offer to give us one. We can’t starve another animal to death in a dead zoo. We’re just no good at this," he said.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia lauded the move of the DFA secretary, fully agreeing that there are no zoo in the country that could provide the diversity that animals need.

"Thank you Mr. Locsin for refusing to allow this panda to suffer for the sake of human entertainment," it said by PETA in a statement.
"No zoo in the Philippines can provide even a fraction of the space, diversity, and freedom that animals need. Remember, as long as people continue to buy tickets to zoos, animals will continue to suffer. Please never patronize them," it added.

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