Chinese diplomats should be expelled, lawmakers say

May 17, 2024 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 182 views

DIPLOMATS assigned to the Chinese Embassy should be expelled or replaced for not taking up the cause of the Philippines or addressing the country’s concerns against China as part of the rules of diplomacy, according to two members of the House of Representatives.

Manila Rep. Bienvenido Abante and Lanao del Sur Representative Zia Alonto Adiong both agreed with the recent statements of Defense Sec. Gilberto Teodoro Jr. and National Security Adviser Sec. Eduardo Año calling for the expulsion of Chinese embassy officials for the alleged wiretapping incident involving a “new deal” over Ayungin Shoal.

“Sa totoo lang, in my own opinion, matagal na dapat nating in-expel iyan eh. I mean saan ka nakakita ng Chinese diplomat na masama palagi sinasabi sa Pilipinas? You’re a diplomat di ba? I mean, dapat maganda palagi sinasabi mo eh,” Abante said during the daily press briefing in the House.

“Pero whenever he would speak, he would always speak against our policy, against what we want. Sana naman kung diplomat siya, ang gagawin niya parang, ano ‘yan eh, shuttle iyan, you’re shuttling between China and the Philippines. That is the work of a diplomat,” he added.

“Pero hindi eh. This Chinese diplomat is saying things against the Philippines, so dapat talaga i-expel na iyan – my own personal opinion,” he also said.

For Adiong, the fact that Chinese embassy officials allowed the alleged illegal wiretapping of a conversation with a senior Philippine military official is enough reason to replace them.

Adiong said, “Hindi ho puwede ‘yan. Tama nga po ‘yung sinabi ni Manong Benny, pag diplomat ka you have to present yourself diplomatically. Why do you need to tap? Anu-ano ang intensyon mo? Of course, ang intensyon mo doon is to, ito ang ginagamit yata in espionage, di ba?”

“Bawal po iyan, illegal po ‘yan sa atin. Pag diplomat ka, you have to be diplomatic, even in the way you act, the way you speak. And on the part of the Philippines, our country, I think it’s better also that we can ask China to send a better one,” he pointed out.

The country’s relationship with China, Adiong added, encompasses issues surrounding its illegal incursions in the West Philippine Sea.

“I believe andami ho nating bilateral agreements with China, on trade, etc. Hindi lang ho ang usapan dito between China and the Philippines is ang West Philippine Sea. We also have to look at the trade, malakas po ang trading natin with China,” he expressed.

“Instead of promoting that and ensuring that these two countries have a healthy working relationship, sinisira mo by means of illegally wiretapping information that is classified, that can also be of national interest. Maybe China can send us a better one,” Adiong said.