PH bans marine survey vessels including China in EEZ — Locsin

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin (FILE PHOTO)

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin on Monday revealed that he has banned marine survey ships including China in the coast of the country’s exclusive economic zone, adding that granting an exception to one country “will automatically lift ban universally” and will “invite bribes.”

“I banned marine survey ships, amending restriction to France & Japan by adding China. To pick & choose invites suspicion of favoritism,” Locsin said in his Twitter account.

He added, “Will universalize the ban. Period. Granting exception to one country will automatically lift ban universally. Exceptions invite bribes.”

Locsin posted the tweets in reply to the remark stated by Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo saying that there is nothing wrong in seeking assistance from the United States in monitoring the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) amid recent incursions of Chinese vessels and warships in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Over the weekend, China’s oceanographic survey ship Zhanjian was recently spotted operating 80 nautical miles off the east coast of the country near Siargao island.

On the other hand, Senator Panfilo Lacson expressed hope that Locsin would have a fruitful discussion with his Chinese counterpart over the issues in the WPS during President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China this month.

“Pick and flick, hit and stick. May the force be with you when you discuss WPS with your Chinese counterpart from the far end of the conference table,” Lacson said in his tweet.


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