WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

LOCSIN SLAMS ROQUE FOR ‘USURPING’ FUNCTION OF DFA

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin stressed that diplomacy should be handled only by the Department of Foreign Affair’s (DFA) and dished out a sermon to presidential spokesman Harry Roque to stop commenting on issues involving the West Philippines Sea. (WPS)

Locsin issued the statement after Roque earlier said that the Julian Felipe Reef , a feature in the WPS, is not part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

      

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Without directly saying it, Locsin accused Roque of usurping the function of the DFA and gave the presidential spokesman a ‘last warning’against commenting on foreign affairs issues.

“This is my last warning. When it comes to foreign affairs the Department of Foreign Affairs has the exclusive remit,” Locsin said via a tweet.

“I don’t come from diplomacy. I come from a life that settled the hash of a lotta people who talked tough and ended up biting dirt. I don’t talk, I deal,” he added.

He further said that the country has only one stand on the issue and reiterated that it will come from him.

“There is only one voice on what’s ours: Mine. Period. Not even the military has any say. I speak for the President on this subject,” he added.

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