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Akbayan members trooped to the Department of Foreign Affairs, assailing Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano’s plan to engage China in a “60-40” joint exploration project in the West Philippine Sea. The group also rejected the plan for Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Philippines at the end of the year.
The protesters demanded Sec. Cayetano to bare first the 50-100 protests he claimed to have filed against China instead of starting a 60-40 exploration deal with them.
““No deal!” ang sagot ng taumbayan sa kahit anong pakikipagnegosyo sa China. Ginagawa lang na official ang pag-eencroach ng China sa exploration na ito,” Atty. Juan Carlo Tejano, chair of Akbayan Youth said.
“Malaking kamalian ang plano ng DFA. Pagkatapos ng 50-100 protest notes laban sa pambabastos ng China, bakit biglang may 60-40 partnership ang DFA kasama ang kalaban? Ipakita muna ni Cayetano ang resibo kung totoong may isang daang protests,” Atty. JC Tejano, said.
The protest featured members wearing masks of Sec. Cayetano and Chinese President Xi Jinping as they shake hands behind a giant frame, listing China’s attacks against the Philippines.
The frame bore the message: “Bakit makikipagnegosyo sa bansang walang respeto sa mga Pilipino?” Akbayan listed harassment against fisherfolks, poaching in Philippine seas, threat of war and not recognizing the Philippines’ victory in Hague as China’s acts against against the Philippines.
“It doesn’t make sense to invite President Xi Jinping here. Ninakawan na nga tayo tapos pinakain pa natin ang kawatan at ginawang business partner?” Atty. Tejano ended. ###