Watch: Ex-Senator Enrile Questions Trillanes Role in 2012 Scarborough Standoff

Veteran legislator, public servant and former senator Juan Ponce Enrile questioned the role of controversial lawmaker, Antonio Trillanes IV, in the 2012 standoff between China and the Philippines at Scarborough Shoal. 

The controversy was brought out during Pres. Rody Duterte's weekly Talk to the People briefing wherein he invited the former senator who stated that when he was Senate President, he told then-President Noynoy Aquino to be wary of Trillanes, who at that time was conducting talks with China regarding the situation at the Panatag Shoal. 

Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile was quoted as saying "Siguro kailangang malaman natin kung saan ba nanggaling yung koneksyon ni Trillanes sa Beijing. Paano siya nagkaroon ng koneksyon doon, ni mismo ako, naging guest ako ng Beijing, wala akong koneksyon na gaya ni Trillanes na ganon na pwede niyang lapitan ang mga pinuno ng Tsina?" he said.

The senator even claimed that even former Pres. Aquino would not have had those kinds of connections that Trillanes had, as he continued on speaking.

"Bakit si Trillanes nagkaroon ng koneksyon na ganon? Yun ang isang misteryo na hanggang ngayon, dapat malaman kung anong sagot." Enrile stated. 

Pres. Duterte on his part also questioned Aquino's choice of having a "military man" conducting the back-channel talks as he revelead also that Trillanes traveled to China 16 times, and that during his last visit to China, "two days after," the Philippines lost Scarborough Shoal. 

Sen. Enrile also claimed during the live TV show featuring the President and his visitors, that former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario had told then that the Philippines' ambassador to China at that time, Ambassador Sonia Brady, had complained that Trillanes had "bypassed" her. 

During the year 2012, Sen. Enrile claimed that based on Ambassador Brady's notes, Sen. Trillanes had manifested that the Philippines does not care about Panatag (Scarborough Shoal). 

The controversial Scarborough Shoal standoff began on April 18, 2012, when the Philippine Navy tried to apprehend Chinese fishing vessels at the shoal but were blocked by Chinese Marine surveillance ships. 

In June 2012, the US State Department brokered an agreement between the China and the Philippines to withdraw from the shoal simultaneously, the Philippines pulled back its ships, but China did not comply with the agreement. 

Pres. Duterte and Sen. Enrile's concerned was the fact of the questionable brokering of the US, who was responsible for asking their help and why they were not able to convince the US to confront China of their violations against their brokered agreement. 

Pres. Duterte says the "Filipino people should demand the truth" over the 2012 negotiations of the Philippines with China over the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea.

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