The LP or Liberalism worldwide faces its dark age when Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte side by side with the Marcoses resumes the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ bilateral ties with China. It starts when both Imee and Bongbong Marcos join the Filipino leader’s entourage during his initial Beijing visit. The relationship of both countries flourishes as economic and security partners. Liberal Party Senators panic and lead demonstrations as the majority of Filipinos are amused with Duterte’s brilliance.
[VIDEO]: President Rodrigo Duterte says China won’t allow his removal from office.
President Xi’s Assurance
The assurances of Xi Jinping are very encouraging.’We will not allow you to be taken out from your office. We will not allow the Philippines to go to the dogs’, Duterte narrated President Xi’s words. Senator Antonio Trillanes and other LP Senators express their dismay over this declaration.
The two leaders met at the Boao Forum for Asia last month. They affirm the diplomatic relationship between Philippines and China amid territorial disputes. Duterte delivers a speech aboard the BRP Davao Del Sur. It docks at Casiguran Bay in Aurora, to lead the send-off for 50 Filipino scientists who will conduct research on the Benham Rise.
Brilliant Strategy for the South China Sea
The Philippines takes diplomatic action over the recent military moves and island building of the Chinese government through friendship. Duterte does not go for the international arbitral ruling invalidating Beijing’s vast claims in the South China Sea just yet. He promises to do so during his term.
The LP Loses its Force
The Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s removal results to Duterte’s dominance in all three branches of the government. On top of that, he is still the popular president of the Filipinos. Black media propaganda also deteriorates as people take their stand on social media. Even American oligarchs cannot defend the LP anymore with China on Duterte and Marcos’ side. Perhaps, even US President Donald Trump also agrees with both leaders’ diplomatic relationship and may follow suit for world peace.
Presidential spokesperson, Atty. Harry Roque clarifies that Malacanang does not play the blame game against the previous Aquino administration for creating a tension with China. It is a fact that the infrastructure of the current militarization of the Chinese in the South China Sea happens during its time despite their filing a formal protest at the Hague. The American media’s report on the current missile deployment in the area is purely for the US and not for its neighbors, Philippine President Rodrigo Du30 said.
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Du30 walks security tightrope between Beijing and Washington. The U.S. Intelligence Community’s report tags the Filipino leader a threat to democracy in Southeast Asia which supports his detractors. The report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence places him alongside Cambodian’s Hun Sen, the Rohingya crisis and Thailand’s military-backed constitution as threats to democracy. Roque rejects its assessment. In fact, the popular leader is the country’s democratic holder since he won the 2016 election in a landslide despite the opposition’s digital anomalies. The US should know that the country’s constitution does not allow any act of dictatorship.
The Tribunal’s Hague Ruling
An arbitral tribunal ruling that clarifies the legal rights of the Philippines over the West Philippine Sea came out in July 2016. Duterte already sits as President. The opposition said that it is never too late to invoke the arbitral tribunal ruling. They call it a “fundamental basis for our legal and moral claim over those waters.” However, the President’s strategy is through peaceful, diplomatic talks which place the country in a safer position.
Du30’s Detractor’s Dictate
President Du30 should stop blaming others for China’s continuing militarization of its artificial islands in the disputed waters, a former solicitor general said. Lawyer Florin Hilbay was the solicitor general during the time of President Benigno Aquino III. He insists that the government should file a formal protest against its installation of military equipment in the disputed seas. This shows that the opposition never learned from their past mistake.
Capitalizing on Good Relationship with China
Most Filipinos do not worry about China’s militarization in the South China Sea anymore. Both countries already have a bilateral agreement when it comes to working together for the progress of ASEAN, generally speaking. Besides, it’s only the US media and their local counterparts who are creating negative vibes. Westerners still have a lot to learn when it comes to the Asian culture.
Like the late President Ferdinand Marcos, Du30 always seek closer ties with China. He just met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for a forum discussing business and other cooperation matters where he announces the country’s partnership with the Chinese people. This is despite the resistance of the opposition and the oligarchs due to the South China Sea dispute. However, the Filipino leader found an ally in the former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. He agrees with the President’s strategy of befriending China. If Marcos’ detractors did not resist his Bataan Nuclear Power plant project previously, Philippines can give a finger to the latter, he said. Therefore, blame the resistance that stops the progress of the country. Not the President, he added. One more thing, befriending North Korea’s ally makes Filipinos safe from any nuclear war threat.
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[VIDEO]: Isiniwalat ni Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile na plano ni dating Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos na bumuo ng nuclear weapon. Aniya, Isa raw ito sa top secret ni Macoy noon. Iginiit pa ng dating senador na kung natuloy lang daw sana ang proyektong iyon, malamang magdadalawang isip ang China na i-bully ang bansa kaugnay sa West Philippine Sea. Ulat hatid ni Martin Andanar.
Filipino-Chinese Joint Venture
In March 2017, Philippine and Chinese officials sign the Six-Year Development Program (SYDP) for trade and economic cooperation. This is along with other agreements for two major infrastructure projects in the Visayas and Mindanao, under the “Build, Build, Build” program. They are also looking into possible preliminary studies for the Davao Expressway, and bridges connecting Panay, Guimaras, and Negros islands. China now reviews loan applications for infrastructure priority projects. This is for the $53.6-million Chico River Pump Irrigation Project in Cagayan and Kalinga provinces, the $374-million New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project in Quezon province, and the $3.01-billion south line of the North-South Railway.
Waiting for the Right Time
The South China Sea is one of the most disputed regions in the world. China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines have overlapping claims there. China has built artificial islands on the Paracel and Spratly island groups as part of its nine-dash line ownership claim in the area. Du30 said he might bring up the issue of the West Philippine Sea with Xi. But it should not intrude now in the business of exploration and development.
The anti-oligarchy Filipino leader who has a genuine pride of a sovereign country does not tolerate colonial mentality. That is what he has in common with the late President Marcos. Dictatorship can never happen in the Philippines. All major decisions must go through the Senate and the Congress. This is why the very able soon to be lady Senator Imee Marcos vows to work behind the good President Du30.
Continuation of the Golden Age
Under the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Du30, the projects of former President Marcos are continued. They were halted during the 1986 power grab by the Aquinos. Special Presidential Assistant Bong Go is a good bet for the Senatorial race to ensure that the Build Build Build initiative of the President can progress as planned. Senator Nancy Binay is also key to the nuclear power plant revival. It can serve areas that are not provided with enough electricity from the Meralco monopoly. Natural energy developments like solar, windmill and others can mushroom very soon. Most of all, the deuterium exploration and extraction can finally see the light. The Philippines is definitely the home of clean Hydrogen fuel of the future should the DOE jives with the President’s wishes and not be corrupted by the oligarchs.
“Under the strategic vision and concerted efforts by both our leaders, China-Philippines relations have been building on the historic turnaround and ushering in a new era, or better known as another Golden Age,” Chinese Embassy political counselor Tan Qingsheng said this at a Christmas reception with the media. This disclosure comes after last year’s visit of the Du30 administration delegates to Beijing. This is where Bongbong Marcos was introduced as the new Vice President.
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[VIDEO]: More Chinese investors express interest to pour money in the Philippines. Aside from infrastructure projects, they are also interested in helping small and medium enterprises.
Times Improved Despite South China Sea Dispute
China’s envoy to the Philippines reaffirms Beijing’s support for Manila under the Du30 administration. He cites improved ties between the two nations. This despite the dispute over the South China Sea. Beijing hails the initiatives undertaken by the two countries in 2017. It also lauds the President’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program. This is where Chinese investment plays a key role.
Rebuilding Ties after Pnoy Admin’s Move
Du30 met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping twice this year. The effort intends to thaw ties between the Philippines and China. The relationship soured under the previous administration due to the Hague ruling. The two leaders first met in May during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China. They met again last month during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in Vietnam.
Sectors to be Advanced
“Guided by such spirit, our two countries have taken concrete actions to advance our pragmatic cooperation in such priority areas as infrastructure, production capacity, investment, commerce, trade, agriculture and people-to-people exchange,” Tan said.
Golden Age Strategy
The President downplays the disputes as he seeks to improve trade and defense ties with Beijing. However, under the Philippines’ chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year, China agreed to negotiate a Code of Conduct to govern the waters under dispute by six parties. This diplomacy follows the same principle as Bongbong Marcos’ father. The Chinese did not forget that during the late President Ferdinand Marcos’ reign, both countries prosper in an era called the Golden Age. That’s why his son was applauded when Du30 introduced him as VP last year if he wins his case. The recount of his electoral protest against Leni Robredo is in February 2018.
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.
[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.
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.