Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Salvador Panelo said in a statement that the belief that the Duterte administration is subservient to China is wrong and unacceptable.
“The Reed Bank incident is being dressed with misplaced emotionalism and pretended nationalism by those who are bent on politicizing an otherwise ordinary navigation incident into an international fracas,” Secretary Panelo said.
He added that individuals politicizing the incident “hope to succeed in getting the approbation of the nation on a misguided theory that the Administration is pursuing a foreign policy of subservience to China, a belief that is both wrong and unacceptable.”
” They hope to succeed in getting the approbation of the nation on a misguided theory that the Administration is pursuing a foreign policy of subservience to China, a belief that is both wrong and unacceptable,” he added.
He explained that “we maintain our stand that regardless of the nature of the allision, we condemn the uncivilised and inhuman act of abandoning the Filipino fishermen thereby putting them into the precipice of extinction after their vessel submerged. There must be accountability and compensation.”
He said that pending the finality of the results of the investigation, whether done independently or jointly, our present focus is to help our Filipino fishermen in their present predicament.
“We appeal to the major players and kibitzers of the Reed Bank incident, to hold their horses and let emotions settle down, as we pursue to find a satisfactory and principled end to the issue,” he said.