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Palace defends Teddy Boy Locsin over WIPO vote: Nothing to do with whatever nationality

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang does not see any problem with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.’s voting a Chinese candidate for the post of Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.

This, after Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishna criticized Locsin for not supporting Singapore’s Intellectual Property Chief Executive Daren Tang during the WIPO election last March 4.

Tang won over China’s candidate, Wang Binying by 27 votes. His six-year term will start on October 1.

“Si Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin will be voting for a person that he feels is competent and should be given the job. Nothing to do with whatever nationality,” according to Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo in a radio interview of dzIQ Sunday.

Asked if President Rodrigo Duterte was aware of Locsin’s decision, Panelo said: “The President does not have to know everything that Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin does. Ang mga kailangan ni presidente yun lang mga importante ng bagay. Yung mga ganung ordinaryong trabaho ng Cabinet member, he does not have to know that.”

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