Duterte wants to make probe of Reed Bank incident ‘complicated’ – Makabayan bloc
MANILA, Philippines — A member of the Makabayan bloc on Saturday said President Rodrigo Duterte only wants to make the proposed joint probe on the Recto Bank incident in the West Philippine Sea “complicated” by insisting the inclusion of a third neutral country aside from the Philippines and China.
“Well, masyadong ginagawang komplikado ni Pangulong Duterte ang usapin,” Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party-list Representative Antonio Tinio said on the sidelines of a media forum in Quezon City.
Tinio issued the reaction after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte wants a third “neutral” country to join the Philippines and China in investigating the alleged “hit-and-run” incident in the Reed Bank that involved a Chinese fishing vessel and a Philippine fishing boat.
“DI naman ito ang unang international incident, may mga tao doon nangangailangan ng hustisya,” Tinio added.
“Simple lang ito, ginagawang komplikado dahil alam naman natin na ayaw, batay sa kanyang track record, pinagi-ingatan ni Pangulong Duterte na ma-offend ang China dahil interesado siya sa Chinese loan, funding for projects and so on and so forth,” the ACT party-list representative said.
It was China who first proposed the joint probe, with Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang saying, “To find a proper solution, we suggest a joint investigation at an early date so the two sides can exchange respective initial findings and properly handle the matter through friendly consultations based on mutually recognized investigation results.” (Editor: Mike U. Frialde)
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