Du30’s detractors are on full alert now that their drug war media propaganda is disregarded by international bodies. Now, they turn to the country’s friend since Marcos’ time, China. Liberal Party supporters now pay attention with the mortgage to China after the latter bestowed infrastructure loans to the administration without internal interference.
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A pro-LP media recently claimed that in the recent UNHRC universal periodic review for the Philippines, only China out of 47 countries believed Senator Allan Peter Cayetano’s defense on the alleged drug war human rights record. If the rest of the 46 countries did not buy Cayetano’s explanation just because they still urge the government to stop extra-judicial killings, why is EU now in support with the anti-illegal drugs campaign?
The president’s economic relation with China is criticized by the anti-Marcos people. They claimed that the friendship is no longer between the president and China. Those who oppose Bongbong Marcos’ return to power are scared that the Philippines now enters a new chapter in foreign relations as it fosters the relationship with its rival over its claims in the West Philippine Sea or the South China Sea. They consider this as mortgaging the country’s future for the second time after the Marcos regime to an economic giant. How can they be worried that China can expand communist imperialism this way when it was the late Noynoy Aquino who tolerated community rebels in the country to help destroy the golden age?
Why do the anti-Marcos politicians try to block the progress of the people? It is clear by now what former president Ferdinand Marcos said that pro-communist people are the once who deprive its citizens of the right to vote and social benefits. Therefore, it is clear that these Liberal Party players are the real communists hiding behind their improvised democracy.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said that when it comes to South China Sea dispute, the people should pay more attention to the remarks of DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez. This is about the Philippines-China economic current ties instead of former President Fidel Ramos’ war threats. Ramos said that the Philippines can afford to launch an “economic war” with China in retaliation to their South China Sea illegal activities.
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[VIDEO]: Former President Fidel V. Ramos believes the Philippines can go on an “economic war” with China but only on a tiny scale after Beijing’s aggressive moves in the South China Sea.
Ramos’ Economic War
Ramos suggested what the President could do to fight back in the region’s dispute through an economic war with China on a very small basis. This could be in the form of promoting “what we can manufacture better than China,” he said. “If we are talking about a war on a tiny scale, maybe more on economics than anything else, yes we can go to war because it’s a reciprocal thing,” Ramos added.
Geng Shuang also said that the two countries have conducted cooperation in various fields since the current president offers his hands in friendship with China. “In this regard, I hope you will pay more attention to the recent remark of Secretary Ramon Lopez of Trade and Industry of the Philippines that the Philippine economy has gained from economic and trade cooperation with China,” Geng reiterated.
Ramos’ Time was Over
The Philippine President said that the country’s South China Sea Dispute is between the Philippines and China. The US’s putting pressure in the region will not work. The Asian way is by means of bilateral talks – and he will not use ASEAN to push the nation’s claim.
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[VIDEO]: President Rodrigo Duterte made the comments on the eve of him hosting a two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, and he confirmed he would not use the event to pressure China on its expansionism in the strategically vital waters.
Not Using ASEAN
Not Helping to Ease Conflict
Du30’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III challenged China by filing a case at the Hague, a UN-backed tribunal to outlaw Beijing’s claims. The tribunal last year ruled largely in the Philippines’ favor but instead of helping to ease the troubles in the area, it has created more tension that can ignite China War. Therefore, the president concentrated more on economic ties with China and the latter supports the country’s drug war and infrastructure projects.
Former President and now Pampanga Representative. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo refused to give advice to the President on how to handle the maritime dispute over the South China Sea. She has no doubt that he knows what he’s doing.
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[VIDEO]: Arroyo said that he cannot give any recommendations for the West Philippine Sea dispute because she does not have all the facts like the President does.
Won’t Dare Give Recommendations
Arroyo frankly said she would not dare make any recommendation to the president because she does not have access to all information that he has in his hands. “I can only share what happened in my administration. I do not know all the facts that are available to the current administration, so I do not dare to make any recommendations and I keep that attitude because of my own experience as President,” Arroyo elaborated.
Charge it to Experience
During Arroyo’s several people gave her recommendations on how to handle the South China Sea dispute. Since they did not have all the facts, this can create more misunderstandings. “As far as I’m concerned, the President knows what he is doing. I do not have any specific recommendations to make,” she added.
No South China Sea Conflict During her Time
It was under her presidency when Republic Act No. 9522 was enacted. It is the Amended Definitions of the Archipelagic Baseline of the Philippines. The declaration of the Philippine ‘sovereignty and jurisdiction’ over Scarborough Shoal is stated there. The shoal is a traditional fishing grounds for Filipinos near Masinloc, Zambales. The tension arises between the Philippines and the Chinese in 2012 when the Aquino administration brought the case into the Hague.
Crucial Economic Ties
Filipino fishermen are only able to fish there again after the current president resumes the Philippine-Chinese ties when he assumed power. Arroyo, however, thinks that the National Security Council should focus on economic ties with China. Du30 just ordered troops to occupy uninhabited islets and shoals which are Philippine territories in the Spratly Islands. They were driven away by the Chinese coast guard but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that it was just a matter of protocol. The answer should only be, “we are entering the Philippine territory.”
The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group engages in routine operations in the South China Sea recently. This is one area that the possible incoming DILG secretary, Bongbong Marcos can look into. He is one of the president’s delegates during his official State visit to China to forged a renewed friendship just like during his father’s regime. It is also a public knowledge that Marcos is dismayed by the betrayal of the Marcoses by siding the Aquinos during the 1986 revolt.
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[VIDEO]: U.S. carrier group patrols in tense South China Sea
The report notes that the US ships and aircraft recently conduct exercises off Hawaii and Guam to maintain and improve their readiness. They try to develop cohesion as a strike group. This is an indication that the US-China conflict is far from over yet. It is unlikely that the Philippines is spared from their disputes due to the country’s close location to South China Sea, geographically speaking.
Relationship with Allies
The Americans look forward to possible demonstrate those capabilities while building upon existing strong relationships with allies, partners, and friends in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Strike group commander Rear Admiral James Kilby discloses this in a press release. Is the US campaigning for their stand in the South China Sea dispute?
China’s foreign ministry said that ships and aircraft are allowed to operate in the area according to international law. But Beijing is firmly against any country to undermine China’s sovereignty and security using the freedom of navigation and overflight alibi, Geng Shuang said in response to reports that the Vinson heads to the South China Sea for that reason.
China urges the US to refrain from challenging China’s sovereignty and security and to respect regional countries’ efforts to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea. The Vinson has deployed to the South China Sea already 16 times in its 35-year history, the US Navy reported. Washington clarifies that it does not take sides in the territorial disputes but has several times sent warships and planes to safeguard freedom of navigation in the Sea. Beijing is not taking this lightly.