Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin has refused to reveal the joint exploration deal proposed by Beijing in the West Philippine Sea.
Locsin stood pat on keeping China’s offer as a state secret while doubling down on his claim that this memorandum of understanding crafted by Beijing was “superior” to the Philippines version.
“YOU TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. PERIOD,” replied Locsin on Twitter.
Locsin was reacting to a tweet by former Philippine ambassador to the European Union Victoria Bataclan seeking transparency on the highly-charged deal.
“I trust you but we need to see the TOR (terms of reference) Sir! China’s spokesperson keep on talking about joint development…that’s not what we want,” she said.
YOU TAKE MY
WORD FOR IT. PERIOD. https://t.co/a7x9IRVEz7
Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) July
Locsin has previously reiterated his reason for accepting the MOU which was presumably signed during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping last November.
“I accepted China’s Terms of Reference on the perfect MOU on Oil & Gas as more faithful to it than the suspiciously PH verbose version that I rejected. China acknowledged receipt of my acceptance. Any attempt to rework or reword the MOU is at the expense of basic PH interests,” he said.