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Panelo once again missed the point – Lacson

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The fierce word war between Senator Panfilo Lacson and Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo continues.

Lacson said Panelo missed the point since the issue is about the Palace official appearing to serve as spokesman of the embassy of China in Manila.

“My good friend Sec Sal has once again missed the point. The issue is not about the welfare of our OFW’s or the Chinese ambassador’s statement in trying to defend his country’s position. It’s him taking on the job of the embassy’s spokesperson,” Lacson tweeted.

“On the MDT issue, Sal also missed it. Invoking or citing the treaty is not the same as applying it. We apply the Mutual Defense Treaty only when there is armed aggression. We cite or invoke it to prevent or preempt the armed aggression. It is called balance of power,” he added.

Panelo earlier said there was nothing wrong in sharing to the media a text message about Chinese Ambassador Zhia Jianhua’s reaction to concerns about online casinos situated near local military bases. Zhao’s message read “What if we also think that your overseas workers are also spying on us. What can you say about that?'”

Panelo said Filipino workers in China also deserve to be apprised of China’s reaction to this issue as it concerns them.

Lacson earlier asked Panelo if he was the Presidential Spokesperson or Chinese Embassy Spokesman.

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