- Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin refused a panda gift from a Chinese friend
- The official said he cannot put the li
feof the animal at ri skby 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.
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 st
arv e 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 st
arve another animal to d eath 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 r
ej ect it and fi ght it. I won’t be an accomplice in the kill ing of Kung Fu Panda whose wisdom I quoted at the UN General Assembly as the Philippines statement, ‘Enough talk, let’s fi ght,'” 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.
adly, while its numbers is slowly increasing, the giant panda remains one of the rarest and most endan gered bears in the world.