[VIDEO]: US VP Kamala Harris meets with Philippine Coast Guard in Palawan
South China Sea Support
US Vice President Kamala Harris recently said in Palawan that they support the arbitral ruling at the Hague in favor of the Philippines for maritime security and economic growth in the South China Sea disputed island. In fact, satellites will be installed by the Americans in a couple of months to monitor further.
The American Vice President also observes that the fishing community in Palawan is mainly dependent on the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea fishing areas. She mentions a woman who made a good livelihood in drying fish. Then, she taught other women to do it too.
Just hours before the arrival of Kamala in Palawan, there’s a commotion on the collection of China’s space debris that the Philippine coast guard recovers. However, they denied having some troubles. The US VP stresses that they won’t tolerate intimidation and harassment by the Chinese. They must follow international law, she added.
British Ambassador to the Philippines Laure Beaufils said the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) should take precedence over the South China Sea matter. The UK would continue to adhere to international maritime law. She told Bongbong Marcos when asked how they can help with the conflict. The recovery of the favorable decision at the Hague for the Philippines is vital.
Training and Joint Exercise
The UK will continue to work very closely with the Philippines like in the past. They will support maritime law not just through training, but also through joint exercises. Supports from other countries like France and the European Union are also coming through as PBBM is about to start his presidency officially.
Talks with a Firm Voice
Marcos evows to defend the country’s sovereignty by talking to China “with a firm voice.” He believes in diplomtic means but also gets his back ups ready when the worse comes to worst. China must be aware that the country is serious in the position recovery efforts when it comes to the West Philippine Sea.
South China Sea Dispute Needs Hearings
Bongbong Marcos simply divulges that China is not a member of the UNCLOS. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an international treaty. Although the arbitral ruling in favor of the Philippines puts weight into its claim in the disputed South China Sea territories, it has no hold. First, the Chinese government vehemently ignores it. To implement the decision, hearings must be done. Again, China won’t comply and no one can force them to do so.
Diplomatic and Bilateral Dealings
Marcos’ father, the late president Ferdinand Marcos already had diplomatic ties with China in the past. President Duterte does the same. This is the only strategy that can’t put the country into the losing end. Joint explorations, beneficial trades, and other activities can have some smooth negotiations. Bilateral agreements that can identify the responsibilities of each country are also a big help. Therefore, these efforts must continue.
Forcing China to follow the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea dispute can trigger war. International bodies with America in the forefront must use war-like interrogations. Those could not scare the Chinese. This is why pro-American politicians insist on it. It means bigger sales for their armaments. While the Philippines could become the guinea pig, Marcos insinuates. So, Filipinos must be wise in dealing with China. After all, the Filipino-Chinese community is already dominant in the country. We certainly can co-exist.
What would Marcos do over the South China Sea dispute?
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte blasts the Liberal Party’s South China Sea enthusiasts, Antonio Carpio and Albert del Rosario recently. He said that the dispute with China started during their administration. They just capitalize on the arbitral ruling to cover their mistakes. Meanwhile, people are asking what would the late President Ferdinand Marcos do if he is the President today?
One of the Weakest Military Force
President Duterte made sense that when he said that it is dangerous to provoke China if we do not have sufficient military forces. The country may be one of the weakest defense and offense mechanisms during Marcos’s time. But international relations were excellent. China looked up to the Marcos presidency. A harmonious business relationship was at stake. It would be a pity to let go of that.
Managing the Bully
Just like what Congresswoman Lucy Torres said. The bully at school need not be killed. Managing the unruly one by befriending him or her can yield positive results. Why hurt China when it can be one of the Phillippine’s biggest allies? The key is unity through effective communication. That would Marcos likely to do. Bilateral relations are a must to rebuild the nation after the pandemic. So, it’s clear that Marcos and Duterte are in line with each other.
The late President Ferdinand Marcos did not get the name strong man for nothing. Philippines was perceived to be the strongest nation in Asia. This is contrary to its status at present. The South China Sea dispute goes a long way because the country cannot show strenght in the armed forces.
In Line with Japan
Marcos and the armed forces continued to enhance their skills and armaments. This is by air, land, and sea. Their capability was in line with Japan. Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio demonizing China as a bully in the South China Sea demonstrates his intellectual dishonesty. He devotes just one sentence to explain the very significant move of Marcos that got for us our properties in the South China Sea.
The Great Promise
Marcos decided to formalize the country’s hold on the Spratlys in 1978. That was the year when the Southeast Asia Mineral Company finished its oceanographic survey. It rendered a report to Malacañang concluding that the area “possessed great promise.” Currently, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte balances its dealings with China. He considers the fact that the Marcos era was gone. That’s why he is bringing back the new Ferdinand Marcos through his son, Bongbong.
Hontiveros’ fear is valid if she is in Galvez’s position.
Is Hontiveros Afraid of Losing South China Sea?
Senator Riza Hontiveros’ fear that the country could lose the South China Sea claim if the Duterte administration would exchange that with a favorable deal on the Sinova vaccines from China. Perhaps. she fears that vaccine czar Carlito Galvez would do the same thing as the late Ninoy Aquino over Sabah.
Vaccine Czar’s Assurance
While assuring that the Philippines will not compromise its claim in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) or the South China Sea in securing Covid-19 vaccines from China, Galvez said that “differences should be set aside” in fighting the global pandemic. This irks Hontiveros and clarifies her question. She gets a firm no compromise answer from Galvez.
President Duterte’s Stand
Like the late President Ferdinand Marcos, President Rodrigo Duterte vows not to let go of any territory. Regardless of how intense the disputes are. The West Philippine Sea is the official designation by the Philippine government of eastern parts of the South China Sea. They are included in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. However, some members of the Liberal Party are afraid that the current government would do the same as their very own Ninoy Aquino. It was him who revealed Marcos’ secret plan to send guerrillas to Sabah. His son, former President Noy also ordered the clan of the Sabah heirs to abandon it. He allowed the Malaysians to massacre them in Lahad Datu.
Bongbong Marcos is firm enough to say that President Rodrigo Du30 is not to blame for the lands invaded by China. The culprit is the 2016 legal victory of the Philippines against China before a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal which invalidated Beijing’s expansive claim to the South China Sea. This created enormous tension that made the relations of both countries went sour. Thanks to Du30’s initiative, the Chinese leaders are willing to have talks on the South China Sea dispute. That leads to the signing of the MOU on oil and gas development.
[VIDEO]: Wag sisihin and administrasyong Du30 sa pagkakamali ng nakaraang administrasyon sa usapin tungkol sa mga lapain na nakuha ng China.
Keeping an Open Mind on the South China Sea
Malacañang releases a copy of the memorandum of understanding. It is between the Philippines and China. The intention is to facilitate their cooperation in developing oil and gas resources in the West Philippine Sea. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio is one of the staunchest defenders of Philippine interests in the South China Sea. He decides to keep an open mind. Carpio is a foremost expert in this issue.
In Philippine’s Terms
Carpio said that the provisions of the agreement put the Philippines in a safe position. Manila would authorize the enterprise that represents it from those with service contracts in the area. He also explains that any joint exploration should be on Philippine terms. “China proposed joint exploration but in the Constitution, the country shall have full control and supervision,” he said.
Belt and Road Initiative
Meanwhile, the “Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on Cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative” deal is also formalized. It stresses the country’s intention to participate in China’s revival of the ancient Silk Road trade route.
Supporting China’s Bids
The former lawmaker expresses his support for China. He said that the country’s relations with the Asian neighbor have endured since the time of his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos clarifies that nobody wants war. China is very willing to have some talks too.
MOU is Designed to Resolve the Conflict
The MOU tries to settle the conflict in the South China Sea positions. It declares that all discussions and negotiations made by the two countries pursuant to the deal. There will be without prejudice to the respective legal positions of both governments.”
The victorious boxing champion of the Filipinos, Senator Manny Pacquiao can only be happier to see both the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Philippine President Rodrigo Du30 sitting in one row. This is during his latest fight Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia. The people certainly did not forget how some Filipinos were massacred during the Sabah claim in Lahad Datu. New articles label it as the 2013 Lahad Datu standoff. It was a military conflict that started on 11 February 2013 and fully ended on 24 March 2013. This is where the men of the late Sultan Jamalul Kiram wishes to return to their homeland but were killed. During the 2016 elections campaign, Du30, Marcos, and Pacquiao are one in the Sabah claim issue. They aim to continue the quest of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos that was sabotaged by the Aquinos.
[VIDEO]: Pres. Duterte, unang beses nanood ng laban ni Pacquiao sa labas ng bansa
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is now a fan of Senator Manny Pacquiao. President Du30 was also present to cheer on the Filipino boxer. “This is indeed a historic day for Malaysia when we have a Filipino champion fighting in Malaysia witnessed by the leaders of both countries,” Mahathir said. This is part of our boxing diplomacy. We don’t punch each other,” he added. After the boxing match, Mahathir joined President Du30 to congratulate Pacquiao. The two leaders are expected to hold talks in the upcoming working day.
The President’s Wish for Pacquaio
The President congratulated Senator Pacquiao on his stunning knockout victory recently. Du30 describes Pacquiao as one of the world’s greatest boxers. He expresses hope that he will continue to be a source of inspiration for the Filipinos. “I would like to congratulate Senator Manny Pacquiao for giving us pride and bringing the Filipino nation together once more,” he said. Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao should consider retirement and enjoy life, the leader advised Pacman.
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos Joins Well-Wishers
Among the well-wishers were Senators Nancy Binay, Grace Poe, Richard Gordon, JV Ejercito, Cynthia Villar, and Sonny Angara, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, and Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar. They posted their messages via social media. Bongbong Marcos always has the approval of Pacquiao in the field of politics. He even urges people to learn how to forgive if the late President Marcos, the clan’s patriarch hurt them in some ways since he comes clear of whatever accusations he got while still alive in legal courts.
The Du30-Marcos Diplomatic Style
It is a positive thing that PM Mahathir takes the diplomacy of Pacquiao’s boxing fame as the symbol for his country’s relationship with the Philippines. The Du30-Marcos style is so diplomatic that no war can occur even over a very sensitive issue like the South China Sea dispute. Marcos joined the President in Beijing when he started negotiating with the Chinese to leave the disputes first and strengthen the economic ties of both countries. This move is actually a big credit to the ASEAN countries. It is best to join hands in solving social issues than fight with guns that no one can ever win.
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.