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Pimentel tells opposition: National security matters cannot be revealed

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The government has the right to withhold some information to the public especially on matters concerning the national security, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Sunday said.

Pimentel, in an interview with dzBB, was asked on the criticisms hurled at the administration by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano over what he claimed as continuing inaction against Chinese incursions and subservience to China’s interests.

“Sinagot naman ni (Foreign Affairs) Sec. (Alan Peter) Cayetano yan, there are two ways to protect written or verbal at sinabing ginagawa na po ‘yan, tapos latest may agreement na Philippines at China to put up a dialogue mechanism para di na lumala sitwasyon sa West Philippine Sea (WPS) di na lahat i-a-announce,” he said.

“Panawagan kasi ‘yan ng mga uhaw sa impormasyon. Pero hawak na ‘yan ng administration na alam nila kung ano hindi nila ia-annunsyo kasi it’s top secret. It will affect diplomatic relations. Napakasensitive na bagay ‘yan,” Pimentel said.

The senator agreed to Alejano’s claims that national security concerns and foreign relations diplomatic concerns should be disclosed to the public by the administration.

“Pero kung ano ginagawa, hindi lahat ng ginagawa, ibabalita dahil napaka sensitive nito,” he said.