Undiplomatic! Duterte not inclined to summon Chinese envoy
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte is not keen on summoning Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua in connection with the Recto Bank (Reed Bank) incident, according to his spokesman.
“We cannot summon the Ambassador wala naman tayong jurisdiction kay Ambassador. We are not the government of China to summon an official of China. The word is invite,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters Tuesday.
Panelo made the clarification a day after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reportedly said Zhao was summoned to Malacañang to shed light on the June 9 incident involving Filipino and Chinese fishermen in the disputed West Philippine Sea.
“The President is not inclined to do that because ang feeling niya talagang… Unang una, ginagawa na nila… May statement na si Ambassador about seriously and cautiously studying the facts. So, kaya nga from the very start, ang sinabi ko, we call the Chinese government to probe. Number 2, we said that they should take punitive actions kung makita nila kung sino ang may kasalanan. Number 3, we commended the Vietnamese. And, number 4, sabi natin, we condemn the act of abandonment,” the chief presidential legal counsel said.
Summoning the Chinese Ambassador is an undiplomatic gesture, he added.
“We will not kasi Hindi maganda dating na you are summoning one. You just don’t summon. That is not diplomatic. We can invite but ang problema nga dun pag inimibita mo… Bakit mo imbitahin eh inimbestigahan na nga nila.”