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Netizens, personalities react over the seeming Philippine government dropping Julian Felipe Reef to China, Teddy Locsin Jr. says to leave the subject to the DFA

At a press conference on May 11, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque insisted that the reef is outside the EEZ and claimed by the country since former President Ferdinand Marcos’s time.

Netizens and personalities reacted after the Palace stated that the Julian Felipe Reef at the West Philippine Sea was never in the EEZ of the Philippines.

Journalist Arom Araullo pointed out the Administration’s contradicting claims regarding the reef’s location and even joke about the livelihood of the Filipinos.

At a press conference on May 11, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque insisted that the reef is outside the EEZ and claimed by the country since former President Ferdinand Marcos‘s time.

“Hindi ‘yan kabahagi ng EEZ ha, ‘yung Julian Felipe. Labas po ‘yan, ganyan po kalayo ‘yan,” Roque stated.

However, a Netizen found out that the nearest landmass to the Julian Felipe Reef is not near any other country but the Philippines.

Another accused the Duterte administration of selling the narrative and asked if it is the new “script” that China wanted them to state.

https://twitter.com/datumx11/status/1392125831917412356

Someone also asked about the origin of the reef’s name if it’s not part of the Philippines, as Roque claimed.

https://twitter.com/perthjel/status/1392161533375881217

A reef named Julian Felipe is “very Filipino,” said a Netizen.

“Good job, Harry!” a Netizen sarcastically praised the spox after saying that China is “overjoyed” about the statement made by Roque.

A twitter user described Roque’s claim as a “big joke.”

https://twitter.com/sigalatjho_/status/1392110222672482304

“Spox must be using a ‘Made in China’ map.”

Roque further claimed–the critics were making a big deal out of the 200 Chinese ships near the reef to criticize President Rodrigo Duterte‘s approach to China.

“Pinalalaki po ‘yan ng ating kalaban talaga,” he said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. responded to Roque’s statement saying that no one should have the right to speak about the matters related to the West Philippine Sea and China, but him.

“There is only one voice on what’s ours: mine. Period. Not even the military has any say. I speak for the President on this subject,” he tweeted.

He urged the Administration to drop the subject and “leave it entirely to the Department of Foreign affairs.”


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