Philippines no longer filing diplomatic protest vs Turkey


Posted at Dec 27 2019 05:52 PM | Updated as of Dec 27 2019 07:43 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - The Philippines will no longer file a diplomatic protest against Turkey as its envoy in Manila took "swift response" on issues raised over its engagement with the Bangsamoro. 

"Aborted. Swift response from the Turkish ambassador. All cleared up," said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. in a tweet early Friday evening.

Locsin tweeted a photo of his meeting with Turkish Ambassador to the Philippines Artemiz Sümer and described the meeting as cordial. 

"I met w/ Turkish Amb. Artemiz Sümer to clear up the misunderstanding. We both agreed to continue to coordinate all engagements with BARMM together. I reaffirmed to my good friend Amb. Sümer that my affection for Turkey has only increased w/ the swift resolution of this issue," he tweeted. 

Earlier Friday, Locsin had said Manila was taking diplomatic action against Ankara but did not elaborate. He added he was studying filing charges against Filipino Bangsamoro officials.

"Filing a diplomatic protest against Turkey; studying charges vs Filipino BARMM officials involved," Locsin said in a tweet, referring to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. 

"If not repudiated by Ankara NOW I propose breaking diplomatic relations. A slap at Philippine sovereignty and an attack on our territorial unity and integrity. Reek$ of $ellout," he added.

Bangsamoro region chief minister Murad Ebrahim recently met with Turkish officials in Turkey. Details of the meeting have yet to come to light.