Demonstrators in Manila hold an anti-China protest after a collision between a Philippine and Chinese vessel in the South China Sea. Photo: AP

Duterte-Xi deal on China fishing in Philippine waters ‘not enforceable’: foreign secretary Locsin

  • The Philippine president claimed last month he could not go back on a verbal deal he made with the Chinese leader in 2016
  • But his comments appear to have been contradicted by his own foreign secretary, Teodoro Locsin Jnr
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Demonstrators in Manila hold an anti-China protest after a collision between a Philippine and Chinese vessel in the South China Sea. Photo: AP
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Alan Robles

Alan Robles

Alan Robles has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has written for the SCMP since 2002. A freelance foreign correspondent specialising in politics, development, foreign affairs, science, environment and IT, he has a humour column at abs-cbnnews.com and runs the political satire site hotmanila.ph. He lectured for 12 years on digital media at the Internationales Institut fuer Journalismus in Berlin.