INQToday: ‘Gentleman’s agreement’ on West PH Sea violates PH sovereignty — NSC | Inquirer News

INQToday: ‘Gentleman’s agreement’ on West PH Sea violates PH sovereignty — NSC

/ 07:23 PM March 27, 2024

Here’s a quick roundup of today’s top stories:

Ex-President Duterte, China had deal to keep WPS status quo – Roque

Former President Rodrigo Duterte made a verbal agreement with China when he was still in power to maintain the status quo in the West Philippine Sea, according to ex-presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.


Roque clarified, however, that the agreement—which called for the Philippines to refrain from constructing and repairing installations in the area—was non-binding and could not apply during President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s tenure.


NSC: ‘Gentleman’s agreement’ on West PH Sea violates PH sovereignty

The supposed gentleman’s agreement between the Philippines and China on the West Philippine Sea violates the sovereignty of the country, according to the National Security Council (NSC).

NSC spokesperson Jonathan Malaya also said the agency is not aware of any “gentleman’s agreement” between Manila and Beijing as mentioned by Harry Roque, who was the former presidential spokesperson under the time of Rodrigo Duterte.

Electricity fluctuates at NAIA Terminal 2 on Holy Wednesday

The Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) is experiencing fluctuations in electricity as travelers swarm the airport on Holy Wednesday, March 27.

In a text message to, Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) spokesperson Chris Bendijo said power supply at Naia’s Terminal 2 fluctuated due to “an increased load due to high heat index.”

Marcos receptive to the invitation of Indian PM Modi for a state visit

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has been invited to India for a state visit, said the Palace on Wednesday.

Marcos met with the Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Malacañang on Tuesday.


Rep. Duterte: Ask WPS questions from DFA, DND, not from VP

Questions on China’s actions in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) should be asked by government agencies responsible for the country’s foreign policy and external defense, not by Vice President Sara Duterte.

Her brother, Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte, said on Wednesday.

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TAGS: Bongbong Marcos, China, DFA, DND, Harry Roque, Holy Week 2024, NAIA, National Security Council, Paolo Duterte, Rodrigo Duterte, Sara Duterte, status quo, WPS, Xi Jinping

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