Congress probe of Duterte-China ‘secret agreement’ lauded

May 19, 2024 Jester P. Manalastas 103 views

A party-list solon lauded the decision of Congress to finally investigate the secret agreement between former President Rodrigo Duterte and China on the disputed West Philippine Sea.

According to ACT Teachers Party-list Representative France Castro, it has been a year since she filed House Resolution 1216 to look into the matter.

Castro is urging the House of Representatives to summon the officials of the former administration including the ex-President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Halos isang taon na nung ifile namin ang House Resolution 1216 para imbestigahan ito pero ngayon lang didinggin. Sana maliban din sa mga opisyal ng Malacanang dati tulad ni Harry Roque ay ipatawag din mismo si Duterte dahil siya mismo ang may alam sa kanilang usapan ni Xi Jinping,” Castro said.

The teacher solon believes that this secret deal sparked the elevated incursions of China in our territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ) like its water cannon attacks.

“I believe that China is also going to use this secret deal to justify their new policy of arresting non-Chinese in the areas they are claiming that are well within our EEZ,” she added.

“Dapat mapanagot ang mga sanggkot sa pagsukong ito ng soberanya ng Pilipinas at dapat ding mapanagot sa internasyunal na batas ang patuloy na panghhihimasok at paninira ng China,” she added.