6 months Tolentino’s privilege speech brings Duterte-Xi verbal agreement under senate purview MB
By Vanne Terrazola Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday said the Senate may now discuss the verbal fishing agreement entered into by President Duterte with Chinese President Xi Jinping after it was brought up on Monday by Senator Francis Tolentino. Senator Francis Tolentino. (Photo by Rokey Desingano / MB file photo) Sotto earlier said the Senate cannot act on the verbal agreement allowing China to fish within the Philippine’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) since it was not formally submitted for ratification or repudiation. But on Monday, Tolentino delivered a privilege speech defending the verbal agreement as valid and binding, ... more