Senate urged to probe on landing of Chinese military plane, airing of Chinese shows

Members of the minority bloc in Senate are seeking Senate investigations on the technical stops of Chinese military aircraft in Davao City and the airing of Chinese shows and movies over state-run People’s Television Network (PTV-4) in August.

Members of the minority bloc are Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon, Senators Leila M. de Lima, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Risa Hontiveros, Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV.

“The successive occurrence of Chinese military planes making technical stops in Davao City raises the question of whether the Constitution’s proscription against the presence of foreign troops in the country is being violated by the Duterte administration,” the senators said in Senate Resolution No. 779.

They said they want to find out from the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) if such arrangement with Chinese government is covered by any treaty or any legally-binding agreement.

In Senate Resolution No. 780, they said “airing Chinese shows on our state-run (media) network poses a danger of spreading Chinese propaganda sanctioned by our government through our official media stations.”

They said airing of Chinese government’s propaganda in the state-run media organization signifies what they said as a “clear and present danger of Chinese domination” in the Philippines.