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Trillanes’ negligence led China’s ‘undue advantage’ over WPS

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Six (6) years have passed since Former President Benigno Aquino III ordered the pullout of Philippine Ships from the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal allegedly due to bad weather ending the 2 – month tension with belligerent China but, at the same time, giving ‘undue advantage’ to the adversary by losing dominance over the sandbank’s rich fishing ground.
Approximately 200 kilometers away from Subic Bay, Panatag Shoal have long benefitted Filipino fishermen nearby being their traditional shelters especially during strong surge of ocean water brought about by bad weather. 

China claimed that the shoal is part of its territory, eventually named it Huangyan Island.

To recall, the controversial dispute began April 2012 when Philippine Naval Authorities attempted to apprehend Chinese fishermen amid poaching activities but was immediately interfered by Chinese ships resulting to an impasse.

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Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile issued a stern warning to the then President Aquino that the ‘backchanneling’ efforts of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV with China would only mean more harm to the country than good when he sent Trillanes to China to act as Emissary for Peace Talks with Beijing officials with hopes to settle the Panatag conflict.
Enrile’s forewarning would have brought a positive impact on the country’s diplomatic issues with China since Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said yesterday that it was Trillanes’ heedless pursuit eventually led to China’s conquest on the disputed Shoal.

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The veteran official was the among the first individuals to discover Trillanes’ mission to Beijing classified as ‘top secret’ during a meeting in Malacañang.

Enrile told the Daily Tribune in an earlier statement, “The meeting was a briefing by (then Foreign Affairs) Secretary Albert del Rosario to President Aquino regarding the situation in the West Philippine Sea,” with the concealed presence of Trillanes the entire time.

Enrile recalled during the briefing that Trillanes made 16 trips to Beijing amid tension in the Panatag Shoal.

“Whatever statements made during those meetings (Trillanes made) can be used against us in the future and may be against our country’s interest,” he said.

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Secretary Cayetano validated Enrile’s 2012 recognition through a broadcast interview on Friday, June 16th, as Trillanes indeed served as ‘adviser’ to Aquino in the West Philippine Sea during those times and the one recommended the abandonment of the Panatag Shoal after pulling out 2 Ships both belonged to the Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

“President Aquino decided, through the advice of Senator Trillanes because he (Trillanes) was the one who did the backchannel to China, not to go back there (Panatag) even when the agreement was for both parties (Manila and China) to pullout,” Cayetano said.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is quick to judge that the Aquino Administration ‘mismanaged’ the West Philippine Sea which eventually created a dispute to neighboring China as the current administration is taking all the beating and criticism denunciation while making all the necessary steps to clean the mess it only inherited. 


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Trillanes’ negligence led China’s ‘undue advantage’ over WPS Reviewed by Unknown on June 16, 2018 Rating: 5 Photo credit to Six (6) years have passed since Former President Benigno Aquino III ordered the pullout of Philippine...

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