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Philippines’ Duterte issues gag order over South China Sea

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By Neil Jerome Morales MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has barred his cabinet from talking about the South China Sea in public, but said the gag order did not mean the country was wavering in its defence of its sovereign rights. His decision follows weeks of strong rebukes of China by his ministers over the presence of hundreds of fishing vessels in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), fuelling tensions that have gone against Duterte’s policy of rapprochement and non-confrontation with Beijing. “This is my order now to the cabinet, and to all and sundry talki…

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