Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr warns ‘there’ll be hell to pay’ if foreign embassies bypass the Department of Foreign Affairs

Published 3:23 PM, September 12, 2019

Updated 3:24 PM, September 12, 2019

BANGSAMORO REGION. In January 2019, majority of voters in the Bangsamoro region voted to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

BANGSAMORO REGION. In January 2019, majority of voters in the Bangsamoro region voted to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

MANILA, Philippines – European countries and other foreign embassies must seek clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) before donating funds to the newly established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr said on Thursday, September 12.

“[The] AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and DFA issued a warning to foreign embassies – especially the EU – not to f__k around dealing with the BARMM like it’s an independent state,” Locsin tweeted.

The top diplomat said any money offered to BARMM would have to first be vetted by the DFA with National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) “looking over its shoulder or there’ll be hell to pay.”

Locsin reiterated this stood for non-governmental organizations in the Philippines as well, saying “I don’t care if they are dedicated to Jesus and freedom.” (READ: )

“It goes through DFA/NICA for f___k it,” he added.

Locsin made the remarks in response to a Twitter user who said it was “confusing” that the Bangsamoro region had ministers who “seem equivalent to department secretaries.”

The Bangsamoro region was put in place after the ratification of the historic Bangsamoro Organic Law in January 2019, which was the culmination of a peace deal signed between past administrations and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. It builds upon gains of previous Moro peace agreements since the 1970s.

The Bangsamoro region, led by the interim Bangsamoro Transition Authority, now faces the task of building the foundations of a region fulfilling the Bangsamoro people’s vision for self-rule and lasting peace in Mindanao. (READ: )

Among its major donors include the European Union and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Duterte has repeatedly lambasted the EU for supposedly meddling in his bloody anti-drug campaign, rejecting at least from the EU as of January 2018. – Rappler.com