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Marcos Jr. Seeks Clarity on Duterte-China ‘Secret Deal’ Amid Conflicting Information

Marcos Jr. Seeks Clarity on Duterte-China 'Secret Deal' Amid Conflicting Information

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. expressed frustration over conflicting information regarding the ‘secret deal’ struck between his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte and China on the West Philippine Sea. Marcos has been trying to get to the bottom of the issue, asking three questions: is there really a secret agreement, what was the secret agreement about, and why was it kept a secret?

Marcos on getting to the bottom of Duterte-China secret deal: ‘Madaming palusot’ © Rappler

The Alleged Duterte-China ‘Secret Deal’

The alleged secret agreement between Duterte and China has been a topic of controversy since Marcos took office. Beijing has been raising this gentleman’s agreement between the two countries, now that Manila has adopted a stronger stance on defending the Philippines’ sovereignty in its territorial waters. However, there is no concrete evidence of the agreement’s existence, and the Duterte administration has yet to provide a clear explanation.

The West Philippine Sea is a crucial part of the Philippines’ territorial waters, and it has been a subject of dispute between the Philippines and China for years. The Duterte administration was criticized for its weak stance on the issue, with critics accusing it of selling out the country’s sovereignty to China. Marcos, on the other hand, has taken a stronger stance on the issue, vowing to defend the country’s territorial waters and sovereignty.

Marcos’ Frustration over Contradicting Statements

Marcos has expressed his frustration over the contradicting statements made by the Duterte administration regarding the alleged secret agreement. He has been trying to get answers to his questions but has only received excuses and conflicting information. Marcos said, “I hear one thing, and another thing, and another thing. It’s all very…maraming palusot (There are so many excuses).”

Marcos has been trying to get a clear picture of what transpired during Duterte’s term, particularly regarding the West Philippine Sea. However, the conflicting statements from the Duterte administration have only added to the confusion. Marcos has been trying to get to the bottom of the issue, but he has yet to receive a clear and concise answer.

The Absence of Documentary Evidence

Marcos has also questioned the absence of documentary evidence of the agreement. He said, “Why is there not one single document that contains the agreement? Why is there not one shred of evidence that can show that this agreement exists?”

The absence of documentary evidence has only added to the controversy surrounding the issue. Marcos has been trying to get his hands on any document that can prove the existence of the agreement, but he has yet to find any. This has led to speculation that there is no such agreement, and that the Duterte administration was merely using it as an excuse to avoid taking a stronger stance on the issue.

Marcos has stated that he cannot see any legal liability on Duterte’s part since there is no evidence of the agreement. He wants to see the facts first before determining any actions. “What is contained in that secret agreement and why it was kept secret? Those are the two questions left. Once we get the real answers, then we will know what to do,” Marcos said.

Marcos has emphasized the importance of transparency and accountability in government. He wants to ensure that the government is operating in a transparent and accountable manner, and that the public is informed of any agreements or deals that affect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Importance of Transparency and Accountability

The Duterte-China ‘secret deal’ highlights the importance of transparency and accountability in government. The absence of concrete evidence and conflicting statements from the Duterte administration only adds to the controversy surrounding the issue. It is crucial for the government to provide clear and accurate information to the public to maintain their trust and confidence.

Transparency and accountability are essential components of a democratic government. The public has the right to know what their government is doing, especially when it comes to issues that affect the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Duterte-China ‘secret deal’ has raised concerns about the government’s transparency and accountability, and it is crucial for the Marcos administration to address these concerns.

Moving Forward

Marcos has emphasized the importance of moving forward and focusing on the country’s development and progress. However, he has also emphasized the need to address the issues of the past, particularly regarding the West Philippine Sea.

Marcos has vowed to defend the country’s territorial waters and sovereignty, and he has been taking steps to strengthen the country’s position on the issue. He has been engaging with China and other countries in the region to find a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the dispute.

Marcos Jr.’s quest for clarity on the Duterte-China ‘secret deal’ highlights the importance of transparency and accountability in government. The absence of concrete evidence and conflicting statements from the Duterte administration only adds to the controversy surrounding the issue. It is crucial for the government to provide clear and accurate information to the public to maintain their trust and confidence.

Marcos has emphasized the need to address the issues of the past, particularly regarding the West Philippine Sea. He has vowed to defend the country’s territorial waters and sovereignty, and he has been taking steps to strengthen the country’s position on the issue.

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