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June 21, 2019

Just what is so bad about the whole idea?

Is there a more perfect time to express our national sentiment than now?

When a serious act of injustice and inhumanity has been committed by foreigners against Filipinos within their very own territory, every decent and self respecting citizen must be outraged and pressure the national government to take a more decisive, forceful action against the offending or erring parties, including state sponsors, if there are any.

And, yes, we cannot accede to any proposal for a joint inquiry where the other party has an indirect hand in the maritime incident. This is because its participation in such a probe would be self-serving and defeatist.

By the way, the Vietnamese ship and crew which came to the rescue of the Filipino fishermen clinging to dear life after their boat was rammed allegedly by a Chinese vessel are not entirely in the clear themselves.

What were they doing in the area to begin with? Were they poaching in Philippine waters?

Malacañang should stick to the problem at hand and not muddle the issue.

But the Palace insisted that the Recto (Reed) Bank incident is being used by critics of the administration to show their pretended nationalism.

"The Reed Bank incident is being dressed with misplaced emotionalism and pretended nationalism by those who are bent on (politicizing) an otherwise ordinary navigation incident into an international fracas," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

Panelo, also chief presidential legal counsel, said the government remains firm in invoking its "non-negotiable" sovereignty in the international community.

"They (critics) hope to succeed in getting the approbation of the nation on a misguided theory that the Administration is pursuing a foreign policy of subservience to China, a belief that is both wrong and unacceptable," he said.

Panelo also dismissed Sen. Panfilo Lacson's recent remarks where he was quoted as saying that the Palace spokesman was speaking like a defense counsel for China.

Panelo said that as a lawyer, he has been trained to dissect a situation, arrive at an intelligent and rational study of the whys and wherefores of a subject of an inquiry.

"The perception that my pointing out of certain circumstances surrounding the Reed Bank incident previously unknown to us, creates the impression that I’m acting as China’s counsel, is sheer non sequitur, as well as a shallow analysis of my examination of the incident," he said.