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Palace imposes news blackout on China row

Monday, July 9, 2012

Malacañang is keeping its lips sealed tightly over the details of the executive session President Aquino called last Thursday that included the entire Cabinet and two top senators to supposedly formulate plans to address the deadlock between China and the Philippines over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

For now, we’re taking it under wraps, Aquino’s deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said on media queries about the result of the top-level meeting.

Valte said that the public can deduce what transpired at the meeting through the moves that the Aquino administration will now take to address the dispute.

“Well, people will always speculate. But it is best if we just wait until concrete steps are being taken. That I suppose will be the time that we can talk about it,” Valte said.

“What we’re saying is that the public would eventually see what transpired at the executive session and learn of the government decision on the China conflict. Of course, that will be talked about. But as of the moment, everything is under wraps,” Valte reiterated.

A Palace critic in the Senate supported the virtual news blackout and President Aquino’s order for his underlings to refrain from making statements that may aggravate the country’s territorial dispute with China, adding that the Executive should instead use quiet diplomacy to resolve the tension.

“It’s good that President  Aquino zipped up the lips of his officials. Everybody is talkative. Everybody is an expert in diplomacy. Matters like this, require quiet diplomacy, restraint,” Sen. Joker Arroyo said...... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/headlines/item/1319-palace-imposes-news-blackout-on-china-row


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