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Taiwan slams Roque remarks and instructed its Manila office to file a protest, MECO apologized

Taiwan rejected a Philippine official's remarks that it is part of China, and Beijing therefore can help decide whether a Filipina caregiver in Taiwan should be deported to Manila, after she allegedly criticized the Philippine president, CNA reported.

"China has never ruled Taiwan for one day, and only the popularly elected Taiwan government can represent the country's 23 million people internationally," MOFA spokeswoman Joanne Ou said.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instructed our representative office in the Philippines to immediately negotiate with the Philippines to express their protests. We solemnly call on the government officials of the Philippines to face up to the facts and stop misrepresenting Taiwan as a part of China," Ou added.

"We leave that wholly to Taiwan and China. Taiwan is part of China," Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said with a decision on whether the caregiver should be deported rests with Taipei and Beijing.

Ou said Manila should go through the legal process and submit a request through the Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, which was signed between Taiwan and the Philippines in 2013.

"We can negotiate with the Philippine government in accordance with relevant agreements," Ou said.

Meanwhile, Manila Economic & Cultural Office (MECO) in Taiwan has apologized to Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) for the statement released by a Philippine labor official seeking the deportation of a Filipina caregiver who was critical of President Rodrigo Duterte.


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