Teddyboy Locsin on Trillanes 'draft' of oil deal: "How can I response to non-sense? It's not even a draft" - The Daily Sentry

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Teddyboy Locsin on Trillanes 'draft' of oil deal: "How can I response to non-sense? It's not even a draft"





DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin Jr and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV / Compiled photo from ABS CBN and Philstar



Manila, Philippines – Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr. shrugged off the authenticity of the supposed draft of the joint oil and gas exploration between China and the Philippines that was disclosed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

In an interview with ANC, the DFA chief stressed that there was only one deal that was agreed upon by China and PH, and that is the Memorandum of Agreement on the Oil and Gas Development that he himself penned.




'Trillanes MOU, written by staff'

"It was waived to me... I've never seen anything like that. It's like a 16-point large, this big, three spaces between and there were pointers... and said, 'Chinese...' I just put it aside because I'm trained in Angara law office to look at memorandum of agreements in a certain way," Locsin said.

He also said that he has no idea where the opposition senator obtained the document from, noting that Trillanes staff might have written it.

"How can I response to non-sense? It's not even a draft. It may have been written by Trillanes' staff. I can't respond... I'm dealing with a foreign power. He's dealing with a staff member," Locsin said.

'A draft from an unknown'

Last week, Trillanes released the draft of an alleged draft of agreement on joint maritime oil and gas exploration between China and the Philippines.

Trillanes’ camp said the “Chinese draft” came from an informant.

It was stated in the said document that the political basis for the joint maritime oil and gas exploration were the statements between the People’s Republic of China and the Philippines on October 21, 2016 and on November 16, 2017, and memorandum of understanding on energy cooperation signed by the energy departments of the two countries on May 15, 2017.*

The two countries during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Manila last week inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) covering oil and gas development in relevant to sea areas in the South China Sea.

The State visit of Xi ushered a new beginning for both countries, and it made way to a record setting of 29 agreements.

Below is the full list of the deals:

  1. Memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative;
  2. MOU on cooperation on oil and gas development between the Philippines and China;
  3. MOU between the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippines and the China Foreign Affairs University;
  4. Executive program of the cultural agreement between the governments of the Philippines and China for 2019 to 2023;
  5. MOU on basic education cooperation between the Department of Education and China’s Ministry of Education;
  6. MOU between the Department of Information and Communication Technology and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China;
  7. MOU between the Cooperative Development Authority of the Philippines and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China on strengthening the building of agricultural cooperatives;
  8. Infrastructure cooperation program between the Philippines and China;
  9. Program for cooperation on industrial parks development between the Philippines and China;
  10. 1Handover certificate of emergency humanitarian cash assistance between the Philippines and China;
  11. MOU on jointly promoting the cooperation in key infrastructure projects in Davao region between the Philippines’ Department of Finance and Ministry of Commerce of China; 
  12. Handover of certificate of humanitarian cash assistance between the governments of Philippines and China;
  13. Implementation agreement of the feasibility study for Davao City Expressway project;
  14. Implementation agreement of feasibility study for Panay-Guimaras-Negros islands bridges project;
  15. MOU on renminbi clearing arrangement;
  16. Protocol for phytosanitary requirement for export of fresh young coconuts from the Philippines to China between the DA of Phl and the General Administration of Customs of China and phytosanitary requirements for export of frozen fruits from the Philippines to China;
  17. Agreement on economic and technical cooperation between the governments of the Philippines and China;
  18. MOU on supporting feasibility study of nature projects between the Department of Finance and China International Development Cooperation Agency;
  19. Exchange of letters on project of container inspection equipment;
  20. Exchange of letters on project of Davao River Bridge Project; 
  21. Exchange of letters on China-aided bridge and road project in Marawi;
  22. MOU on panda bonds issuance;
  23. Loan agreement on New Centennial Water Source Kaliwa Dam Project;
  24. Commercial contract of Safe Philippines Project Phase 1;
  25. Commercial contract of the New Centennial Water Source Kaliwa Dam Project;
  26. Framework agreement for industrial park between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and Gezhouba;
  27. Contract for the project management consultancy of the Philippine National South Longhaul Project North-South Railway Project;
  28. Letter of no objection to the organization of renminbi-Philippine peso foreign exchange trading market;
  29. Certificate of authority to operate for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited Manila branch.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin shows for the first time the oil deal between the Philippines and China/ image via CNN Philippines video


China's President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte toast during a State Banquet in MalacaƱang on Nov. 20, 2018 / Presidential photo



 Source: GMA News, ABS CBN