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Palace to ex-SolGen Florin Hilbay: Tumahimik ka!

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By Prince Golez

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay should stop meddling in the issues pertaining to the disputed West Philippines Sea, Malacañang said.

“Sabihin mo hindi na sya SolGen. Tumahimik na lang siya,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a media briefing on Thursday.

Earlier, Hilbay called on the Senate to investigate into the “informal agreement” of President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping that allows China to fish in the country’s exclusive economic zone.

Hilbay, one of the Philippines’ legal representatives in its arbitration case against China, regarded the verbal deal as “not fair, not practical, and in clear violation of the Constitution.”

Panelo, meanwhile, said the former solicitor general and other opposition candidates in the senatorial race had been “overwhelmingly” repudiated by the electorate.

“The issues they have raised against the President and this administration have been factored because yan ang naging linya nila against the President and the administration. Eh tinanggihan na nga sila eh ayaw pa rin sila maniwala na hindi na sila pinaniniwalaan,” the chief presidential legal counsel added.

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