PCG THE BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal

‘SECRET DEAL’

April 2, 2024 People's Journal 108 views

HarnettFORMER Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV blasted former President Rodrigo Duterte for having an alleged secret deal with China not to bring construction materials to the grounded BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal, saying the former head of state fooled the Filipino people.

Trillanes made the statement after former Duterte spokesman, Harry Roque, admitted to the fact that Duterte indeed had an agreement with China not to improve the state of the BRP Sierra Madre, and that only food and water are allowed.

“Malinaw na siguro ‘yan. Inamin na ni Roque na si Duterte ang may deal with China re: WPS. China na rin ang nauna na nagsabi na may agreement sila with Duterte na hindi aayusin ang BRP Sierra Madre,” Trillanes said.

“Dami niyo talaga nabudol,” he added.

Roque earlier said the deal was far from being secret, as former Foreign Affairs Secretary and now Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano made it public then.

“This is not a secret deal. This was made public by Secretary [Alan Peter] Cayetano na walang gagalaw, walang improvement [sa BRP Sierra Madre], walang problema sa Ayungin,” Roque said.

“Because of this ‘gentlemen’s’ agreement between the Philippines and China during the time of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, tubig at pagkain lang ang dadalhin [sa Ayungin],” he added.

He said that the hostility of China may be explainednby the bringing of repair equipment to BRP Sierra Madre recently, which led to numerous occasions of China aiming water cannons at resupply missions.

“Ang reklamo ng China, taliwas sa naging kasunduan noong nakaraan, nagdadala sila ng repair equipment para ayusin ang BRP Sierra Madre kaya ganyan ang naging reaction ng China,” Roque said.

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