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Duterte’s Firm Directive: Solon Urged to Consult DFA, DND on WPS Issues, Not VP

Duterte’s Firm Directive: Solon Urged to Consult DFA, DND on WPS Issues, Not VP
Duterte’s Firm Directive: Solon Urged to Consult DFA, DND on WPS Issues, Not VP

Rep. Duterte’s recent directive for a solon to consult the DFA and DND for West Philippine Sea concerns underscores the importance of proper channels in national security matters.

Unraveling the Layers of National Security and Diplomacy

In the realm of national security and foreign policy, the roles and responsibilities of government officials are clearly delineated. Yet, there are times when these boundaries are crossed, leading to confusion and inefficiency. In a bid to clarify these roles, Rep. Duterte has issued a clear directive, steering questions about the West Philippine Sea (WPS) away from the Vice President’s office to the more appropriate agencies: the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of National Defense (DND).

Duterte’s Emphasis on Proper Protocol

During a recent legislative session, a solon sought to question the Vice President regarding the silence over China’s activities in the WPS. Rep. Duterte responded by asserting that such matters should be addressed to the chief architect of foreign policy, the Secretary of National Defense, and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, not the Vice President.

Quoting the Source: “The question on the actions of Chinese vessels in the WPS should be directed to the chief architect of foreign policy, the Secretary of National Defense and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs,” Rep. Duterte stated, emphasizing the need for protocol and proper channels

Understanding Duterte’s Perspective

This insistence on following protocol is not just about maintaining order; it’s about ensuring that sensitive international issues are handled by those with the expertise and mandate to do so. It reflects a structured approach to international relations and highlights the importance of each government official’s role.

 A Call for Clarity and Action

Rep. Duterte’s directive is more than a mere suggestion; it is a call for clarity and action. It serves as a reminder that in the complex arena of geopolitics, respecting the defined roles of government agencies is crucial for effective governance and diplomacy.

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