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What’s the trade off? Robredo urges admin to reveal details of deals signed with China

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Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday urged the Duterte administration to release details about the agreements it signed with China during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Manila.

In a statement, Robredo said the public should know the contents of the deals since they will reap its consequences later on.

“The Filipino people should be informed how deals—such as the Memorandum of Understanding on the Belt and Road Initiative, the Infrastructure Cooperation Program, and, most notably, the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation on Oil and Gas Development—will benefit our country and serve our national interest,” she said.

A total of 29 agreements were signed by Filipino and Chinese officials during Xi’s visit to Malacañang Tuesday (November 20).

Apart from being transparent about the agreements, Robredo also urged the administration to “stand firm and exert all diplomatic means” to assert othe country’s sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea.

“Our sovereignty must not be compromised in any agreement we enter into with any country. We welcome the friendship of the People’s Republic of China. But this friendship should not come at the expense of the interests of our people and our nation,” she said.

Some politikos and critics have expressed fears that the joint oil exploration agreement with China will lead to the Philippines’ loss of its maritime claim in the disputed waters.