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Ex-DFA chief Del Rosario rejects joint probe with China: Can offender investigate his own offense?

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By Prince Golez

A joint investigation into the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel does not sit well with former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario.

In an interview with CNN Philippines on Monday, Del Rosario said China’s proposal to jointly investigate the Recto Bank incident is an insult to the intelligence of the Filipino people.

“How can you expect the offender to investigate his offence? And, secondly, if you put the Philippines and China together, one party is for seeking the truth and the other party is for suppressing it,” the ex-secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs added.

Del Rosario said only the Philippines can investigate the recent collision between Chinese and Filipino vessels in the disputed West Philippine Sea because “it happened in our exclusive economic zone.”

“I don’t think China should have a role in terms of our investigation… It should be us who should be coming up with a full investigation,” he added.

In March, Del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales filed a case against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court over alleged crimes against humanity in connection with in connection with China’s extensive maritime claims.

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