Cayetano hits back at Aquino’s call for transparency on South China Sea issue


Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano on Tuesday, July 31, hit back on former President Benigno S.C. Aquino III on the latter’s call for transparency on the South China Sea issue, saying that the former President and even Vice President Leni G. Robredo were given wrong information on the matter.

“Unfortunately, both former President Aquino and Vice President Leni Robredo are being fed wrong information. It’s very unfortunate that the same small corps who hijacked the foreign policy in the last administration are feeding them information that is simply not true,” he said during a press briefing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City.

“On the contrary, maybe President Aquino should ask Secretary (Albert F.) Del Rosario: Were you transparent with me?” he added.

Mr. Aquino earlier said the Duterte administration should be transparent with its negotiations with China to allay the concerns of Filipinos on the South China Sea issue.

Sought for comment, Mr. Cayetano said he has offered several government agencies, media outlets, as well as opposition politicians for briefings regarding the administration’s dealings with China. He clarified that there was no secret deals nor meetings with China as all talks with Chinese government officials were all on the record.

“There are no secret deals. We’re working out the issues, the principles are being discussed,” he said, referring to the country’s negotiations with China.