Aquino hits Cayetano on West PH Sea queries: 'Google it'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 3) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano posted several questions to former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III in response to his comments on the West Philippine Sea.

In his Facebook account Friday, Cayetano posted an open letter and eleven questions to Aquino on how the West Philippine Sea issue was handled during his administration.


Those eleven questions include the involvement of Senator Antonio Trillanes and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario on the talks with China, discussions with former U.S. President Barrack Obama, and plans on oil and gas explorations in the region.

"If, indeed, transparency is important to you as you claim, then consider your early response to these questions as crucial," Cayetano said in his post.

Cayetano added that instead of just criticizing the current administration, the former President should offer alternative solutions.

"May we have your alternatives or proposals instead of merely criticizing the government today," Cayetano said.

Hours later,  Aquino responded with an open letter of his own.

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"I would have to say that an overwhelming bulk of the questions that you put forward could be easily answered through a quick Google search, which would reveal, among others, my statements, our actions, and the positions of the parties who were involved in the matter," Aquino said.

In response to Cayetano's call for constructive comments, Aquino said that he had already cautioned the administration about being too close to China when he, along with the other former presidents, was invited to a national security meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte during the start of his term.

"In the only NSC meeting that I was invited to under the watch of President Duterte, I cautioned everyone about becoming too close to Beijing," Aquino said. He also suggested that Cayetano read an article from London-based magazine The Economist on the South China Sea.

Calling back to Cayetano's love of basketball, Aquino asked: "Would it be wise to give your team's playbook to your opponent?"

Aquino and Cayetano were both Senators during 14th Congress under the Presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who now serves as House Speaker.

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