Senator Risa N. Hontiveros-Baraquel on Wednesday, July 11, filed a resolution seeking a foreign policy audit to review the diplomatic protests of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) against China regarding its activities in the South China Sea.
Senate Resolution No. 786 directed the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to conduct the audit on the diplomatic protests.
“I challenge the DFA to bare its so-called 50-100 diplomatic protests against China, which the Foreign Affairs Secretary claims to have lodged. The people have the right to be informed. Present proof, or they didn’t happen,” the senator said in a statement.
“Amid the numerous threats to and violations of our national sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Duterte government’s apparent subservient relationship with China, its policy of silence and secrecy regarding its foreign policy, as well as the harassment of our small fisherfolk, we demand transparency and integrity in the government’s foreign policy framework and implementation,” she added. — Camille A. Aguinaldo