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Robredo’s Debt Fear on Bicol Express Railway System Like Sri Lanka Hampers her Region’s Growth

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Vice President Leni Robredo once again discloses her unsolicited opinion that is unlogical as usual. How exactly are we going to end up like Sri Lanka? Does she fear that the Bicol Express railway system becomes useless as MRIA and the Hambantota port? Is she not convinced that the project would generate sustainable revenues? Can she tell us how the Bicol Express financed by Chinese loans would fail to aid the economic development of her region? She can answer these questions to be neutral. Spreading doubt using the debt scare mentality that maligns the government she serves is indeed a self-destructive move.






Youtube video by; UNTV News and Rescue

[VIDEO]: Nangangamba si Vice President Leni Robredo na baka mabaon sa utang ang bansa sa gagawing pag-utang ng Department of Transportation o DOTR sa China para sa Bicol Express modernization program ng pamahalaan.




Sri Lanka Debt Trap

What led to the Sri Lankan debt trap? Is it the mere act of financing these projects with Chinese loans? Or is it the failure of these projects to generate revenues? One can easily see that Sri Lanka fell into a debt trap because the infrastructure they built using the debt were useless. They failed in their business plan for economic growth in the Hambantota region.




Lack of Substance

Robredo is famous for making brainless comments. All shine but lack in substance. How exactly are we going to end up like Sri Lanka? Taking a loan from China does not give us the same fate as the latter. Instead of praising the previous administration’s plan that went nowhere, she could have offered a more sophisticated comment commensurate with the mandate of her current government position.




Background of Sri Lankan Project

According to the Manila Times;

Sri Lanka’s debt trap was caused by large-scale infrastructure projects of the administration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Some of these are the Hambantota port and the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA). Both were largely funded by loans from China. These projects aimed to make Hambantota, Rajapaksa’s home region, become the second Colombo. As Wade Shepard wrote in Forbes magazine (May 28, 2016), “the idea was that Hambantota would be transformed into Sri Lanka’s second most prestigious city. It would become a place built on international trade and commerce, that would be full of joint ventures, [foreign direct investment], and everything a modern city could desire.” Yet both projects failed to generate economic returns.









Fearmongering and Biased Views

Without knowing all the facts mentioned, Robredo’d crude use of the Sri Lankan analogy is nothing but fearmongering. The P175-billion overseas development aid to be borrowed from China will be used to revive the operation of the Bicol Express, Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez said. It is not a rehabilitation but a reconstruction. Everything is new. No traces of the LP administration at all.




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Loyalists Remember Bongbong Marcos during China’s Anniversary Event

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Loyalists at a Bongbong Marcos Facebook page remember how he continued his father’s legacy in forging relationships with China. Marcos was at the 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China Celebration. At this time of writing, it is still not confirmed if he is also in attendance for the 68th Anniversary event recently. However, the country’s relationship with China keeps Philippines safe from North Korea’s missile threat whose leader Kim Jong-Un is furious with America.






Youtube video by; Bongbong Marcos

 [VIDEO]: Sen. Bongbong Marcos, a strong advocate of bilateral talks between China and the Philippines, is invited as a VIP guest to the celebration of the 66th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China. Makati City, 25 September 2015.




Cape Town Celebration

“For 68 years, the Chinese people have shaken the shackles of poverty by becoming the second-largest economy in the world.” These were the words of Consul-General Kang Yong at the Cape Town celebration of the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Kang Yong welcomed more than 100 guests at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Its attendance includes Mayco members, members of the Cape Winelands municipality and the Chinese community.




Independent Foreign Policy

As he assumed control of the government, Philippine President Rodrigo Du30 announced that his administration would pursue an “independent foreign policy.” This pronouncement inspired debate on what an independent foreign policy actually means, especially in the context of the Asia-Pacific where there are tensions in the disputed South China Sea (SCS).




China Recognizes the President’s Plans

The new Philippine ambassador to China, Jose Sta. Romana provided a more detailed explanation of the elements in Du30’s independent foreign policy against the backdrop of the current dynamics of international affairs. It is the most comprehensive account of an independent foreign policy to come from a Du30 administration official thus far.








Practical Diplomacy

Detractors criticize the President for developing business relations with China and bad-mouthing the US. He even introduced Bongbong Marcos there as the new Vice President if he wins the electoral protest against Leni Robredo. If you think of it, Du30 is actually imposing a practical diplomacy. Since China tolerates North Korea’s missile tests by their continued gasoline supply, Kim Jong-Un won’t turn his fury on the South China Sea or the West Philippine Sea despite the country’s long-time alliance with the US. Perhaps, that’s the reason why Guam is the target and Hokkaido in Japan serve as their testing ground.




https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/watch-68th-anniversary-of-peoples-republic-of-chinas-founding-in-city-11368345

http://thediplomat.com/2017/04/us-china-and-dutertes-independent-foreign-policy/




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David Beckham Experiences the Fiercest Comments in Social Media

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Football icon, David Beckham spent time in Shanghai and Hong Kong, a territory of China during the weekend for promotional purposes. He wrote on his Facebook page that he had a “Great 48 hours in China”. To his surprise, fans quickly called his attention correcting him that it’s not Hongkong but China. Others say something else.






Youtube video by; Kurt Lord
[VIDEO]: ‘They are totally different!’: David Beckham sparks furious backlash from fans in Hong Kong as he gushes over great holiday in ‘China’



Hongkong Trip

Beckham probably thought he was just sharing some harmless, pleasant content when he posted a silent video of some of the scenery in Hong Kong on Saturday, but all hell broke lose when he captioned the clip, “Great 48 hours in China.” Read story here: http://elitedaily.com/entertainment/celebrity/david-beckham-fb-post-china/1843316/



Shocking Transformation

The usually dapper athlete also grimaced in the photo, revealing a set of yellowed, damaged teeth. Beckham’s fans were quick to react to his incredible makeover, with some praising the stage makeup and others exclaiming in disgust. Here’s more: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/david-beckham-reveals-shocking-transformation-for-film-cameo-w474042



Look in King Arthur

The notoriously groomed star took to Instagram to share a seflie with his fans – though his face was dominated by a graphic scar. In the shocking snap David’s face is almost unrecognisable as his left side is completely scarred. Rushing to express their concern, one fan wrote: “What happened? Check here: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/showbiz/600740/David-Beckham-face-scar-Instagram-King-Arthur








Hongkong Belongs to China

Some people responded to the sportsman after he changed the caption by pointing out that Hongkong is indeed part of China. Many said that he should not have rectified his message. Not only that, his disfigured image on Instagram for his role in King Arthur is also attacked. He’s just popular no matter what he does!




http://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/785435/David-Beckham-furious-BACKLASH-fans-EPIC-China-trip-blunder-Facebook




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Duterte’s Influence: Reconciliation and Friendship with China – the Marcos Way

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Time has passed quickly and many forget that the Chinese are out brothers. Media propaganda might have played the scene to destroy the Philippines-China relations but now, it has been restored. Guess what, Bongbong Marcos, the middle child and only son of the late strongman is also one of Duterte’s Philippine delegation. Filipinos in Beijing cannot hide their joy seeing in person the new Vice President of the Philippines if he wins the electoral protest.


Youtube video: Chairman Ferdinand E. Marcos
[VIDEO]: Ferdinand E. Marcos and THE CHINESE EMPIRE
A documentary film on the State Visit of President and Mrs. Ferdinand E. Marcos to China in 1975 and the opening of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China.



Restoration of Friendship with China

President Rodrigo Duterte is not the first President who made friends with China. Way back in 1975, it was done by the late President Ferdinand Marcos. The Marcoses comprised it’s biggest delegation at that time. The class and charisma of the Marcoses are evident in this event. Something that Filipinos can be proud of.

Close to Filipinos’ Hearts

It cannot be denied that more Filipinos are longing for the Marcoses’ return to the highest office in the country. After all, the nation is more prosperous during Marcos’s 20-year reign. It was the time when Filipinos were so proud of the first family – wherever they represent the country to the world. Many are longing to make those times come back. Despite the resistance of the alleged martial law victims perpetrated by media propaganda.



Financial and Trade Relations

Previous joint ventures halted as soon as the outcome of the U.S.-backed EDSA revolution sets in. The Americans detest Marcos’s friendship with the Chinese. Naturally, as a pay back, the Aquino rulers must prioritize dealings with America over China. That setup deteriorizes when the China-U.S. rivalry arises. Despite poor deals, the Aquinos must stick to the Americans and disregard our Asian neighbor.



China’s Trademark

The little girl giving flowers to Duterte in the welcome event during his state visit in China resembles that when the late President Marcos steps into the Chinese land at the airport. Joined with his family, they were welcomed warmly by Chinese leaders under the leadership of Chairman Mao Tse-tung.



Wrong Speculation

Poverty then during the Golden age was obviously blamed to the Marcos family. The American media were particular in using the former first lady’s 3,000 pair of shoes. They also came up hilarious accusations of Imelda’s expensive shopping spree. They assumed that they have stolen the money from the people even without proofs. Stealing money from the people is not one of Ferdinand E. Marcos’ many sins.



No Violence for Marcos

The Aquinos should not fear the Marcoses. They are not violent people. They are just victims of media propaganda. The Marcos way is gentle, clever and diplomatic. It is about time that a Marcos take over the nation’s reign. Because despite the unfair treatments they have experienced, revenge is never in their hearts. The only way Philippines can heal.

http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/1999/china.50/inside.china/profiles/mao.tsetung/

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Most Filipinos do not trust $China unlike Rody

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Aligning a new alliance with another country requires a referendum. How would President Rodrigo Duterte convince Filipinos? A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey shows that 55 percent, or five in 10 Filipinos, have “little trust” in China.

[VIDEO]: The recent Trust Ratings Survey shows that most Filipinos do not trust China and detest President Duterte’s praising them. They trust the United States more.



Lowest Trust Rating

China receives the lowest trust rating of the seven countries included in the SWS survey with a ‘bad” net trust rating of minus 33.

Highest Rating

Respondents gave the highest trust rating for the U.S., despite Duterte’s criticism of the Philippines’ long-time ally the U.S. and U.S. President Barack Obama.



Survey Period

SWS interviewed 1,200 adults for the survey, which was conducted September 24 to 27, with a margin of error of ±3 percent. The results were published late Monday on BusinessWorld online.



Intention is Good but too Drastic

The President has all the good intentions in dealing with China as far as the economy and foreign relations is concerned. He has his own agenda in doing it differently. He wants to be independent from the Americans – but perhaps not a good idea to turn to China at this point.



Marcos Influence

It is true that the late President Ferdinand Marcos was hoping to open partnership talks with China. It is also noted that the U.S. is strongly against that. The story then is far too different from now. We already experience patronizing their cheap and below standard products. Can trains and rehabilitation centers be safe with the quality of work that China is noted for?



Trust is Everything in a Partnership

How can you sleep with the enemy? You can’t. So, President Duterte will have more work to do as soon as he decides to pursue his dealings with China. May God help him.

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/10/18/SWS-trust-rating-U.S.-China.html

 

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