Former Cabinet slams critics of PH-China MOU on oil exploration: 'Shut up! You're like monkeys in Manila Zoo' - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Former Cabinet slams critics of PH-China MOU on oil exploration: 'Shut up! You're like monkeys in Manila Zoo'

Former cabinet member and senatorial aspirant Rafael Alunan and an screen-capped image of his Facebook post

Manila, Philippines – Former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Rafael Alunan III has called on the people criticizing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Philippines and China on oil and gas exploration.

Alunan, on his Facebook post, said that they should “shut up” saying the MOU was only a framework not the actual contract.

'Parang unggoy'

“O, there. Shut up na kayong mga walang alam at panggulo lang sa buhay,” says the former Cabinet member

Alunan said Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr., former Secretary Albert del Rosario and also acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio have already issued statements that “the MOU with China does not undermine our sovereign rights nor violate the constitution.”

“Framework agreement pa lang yan, di pa yung commercial contract. So stop jumping to conclusions without basis! Para kayong mga ungguy na palukso lukso sa Manila Zoo,” he said.

'PH is safe'

Carpio said on Monday that the MOU is “safe for the country.

"It’s safe for us," Carpio told reporters in an ambush interview after attending a forum at the House of Representatives.

"We are negotiating with a military power, nuclear armed and they have their own interests. We try to protect our rights also and I think our sovereignty and sovereign rights are protected," the acting chief justice added

Carpio also stressed that the arrangement was also beneficial to the country because it recognizes that China would be tapped by the government as service contractor. 

"We have allowed foreigners to be service contractors and if that will settle the dispute, I’ve talked to scholars in other countries affected also by the nine-dash line, they said well that would be wonderful if China will be a service contractor," he said. *

'Constitution not violated'

Del Rosario, the Philippines' foreign secretary during the Aquino administration, agreed with Carpio.

"Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and I were able to see earlier the signed document which is being referred to at this time. It is the view of the Acting Chief Justice that what was signed is an agreement to negotiate an oil and gas cooperation, and we are safe with it. Nothing is being given away," Del Rosario said.

"Moving forward, it behooves our negotiators to assure that our Constitution is not violated and the arbitral tribunal outcomes are not undermined," he continued.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affair Secretary Locsin showed on Thursday a copy of the MOU during a TV interview with CNN Philippines.

According to Locsin, the deal signed during the state visit of Chinese leader Xi “merely seeks to study and discuss the prospects of possible energy cooperation between the two countries.”

Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario / photo from Inquirer

Source: GMA News, Rappler