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If Duterte cannot practice speaking diplomacy with UN, he should at least learn to swallow his words

Perfecto Yasay





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Foreign Affairs secretary Perfecto Yasay is again making clarification regarding the President’s remarks that he would rather pull out from the UN if they are that unfair, after two UN envoys recently make connotations that his “shoot to kill” order has contributed to the rising extra judicial killings in the Philippines and must be stopped.

“We certainly are not leaving the UN,” Yasay Jr said in a recent press conference.

Yasay explained: “The President is understandably extremely disappointed and frustrated with this action of the special rapporteurs in arbitrarily concluding that these drug-related killings were done by or are at the instance of law enforcers. But I can assure you that he remains committed to the United Nations, of which the Philippines is one of the founding members.”

Reference: http://www.rappler.com/nation/143822-philippines-not-leaving-un-amid-duterte-threat

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US Defense Assurance: China Envoy Visited as American Envoy Leaving Post





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
President Rodrigo Duterte was visited by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua in Malacañang recently just a week prior to the expected international court’s ruling on Manila’s dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea. Zhao’s alleged mission was to send Chinese President Xi Jinping’s congratulatory message for winning the presidential election but many are suspecting that it’s more deeper than that – thinking that the U.N. ruling from the Hague is just few days away.
Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay was also present at the meeting. Spokesperson Ernesto Abella did not have any information if the South China Sea issue was discussed.

On the other side of Duterte’s alliance, Ambassador Philip Goldberg is ending his overseas duty but with an assurance that the United States will protect the Philippines from any threat.He said; “Our alliance is firmly invested in protecting the prosperity, security and peace in the region and a partnership between two sovereign partners.”

He will be replaced by Sung Kim, Washington’s special representative for North Korea policy and a former envoy to South Korea. Kim, who will be the first Asian-American appointed to the Manila post, was nominated as the new US ambassador to the Philippines by President Barack Obama in May.

Reference: http://www.manilatimes.net/us-envoy-says-goodbye-vows-protection-for-ph/272387/

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Yasay avoids Provocative Statements to avoid Tension with China


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
As Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. begins his term, the upcoming international tribunal’s ruling on its maritime case against China is also fast approaching. He made it a point to be really be careful on what he says to the media – to avoid unnecessary tension with China.

He mentioned however that if the Philippines will win the case which is likely, it might be pointless if China will ignore it. They cannot ban Filipino fishermen from the West Philippine Sea from doing their livelihood. The plan is definitely not to be softer towards China but to be diplomatic in releasing information that can trigger such fights.

“I felt that we should make our statements in a manner that will not be provocative or exacerbate tensions, especially when the ruling could be in favor of the Philippines. This is not to say that we will be soft insofar as asserting our rights as recognized or awarded by the arbitral tribunal should their decision come out,” Yasay said as noted by CNN Philippines.

Reference: http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/07/01/ph-maritime-case-no-tens

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