DFA chief Teddy Boy Locsin refuses panda gift from a Chinese friend

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  • Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin refused a panda gift from a Chinese friend
  • The official said he cannot put the life of the animal at risk by bringing it to a Philippine zoo
  • Locsin maintained that he will still do the same should it becomes a formal state offer

While there are Filipinos who would love to see a panda inside a Philippine zoo, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin refused a panda gift from a Chinese friend.

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In a few tweets, Locsin shared that he politely turned down the offer of a well-connected friend because he does not want another animal to starve in a zoo.

“That was a year ago from a well-connected Chinese friend from the mainland. Not the government,” the Foreign Affairs Secretary chief wrote on Twitter. “I politely dismissed his offer to give us one. We can’t starve another animal to death in a dead zoo. We’re just no good at this….We as a race are incapable of running zoos,” he noted.

The official also maintained that he will still do the same should such becomes a formal state offer.

“If it becomes a formal state offer I will flatly reject it and fight it. I won’t be an accomplice in the killing of Kung Fu Panda whose wisdom I quoted at the UN General Assembly as the Philippines statement, ‘Enough talk, let’s fight,'” he said.

Social media users lauded the move of Locsin; saying that it was a good decision to prioritize the welfare of the animal above everything else.

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, adored around the world, the distinctive black and white animal is considered as a national treasure in China.

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Sadly, while its numbers is slowly increasing, the giant panda remains one of the rarest and most endangered bears in the world.

Source: Twitter, WWF

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