By: Elena Grace Flores The Vice President of the Philippines who faces the electoral protest on election fraud is afraid of Imee Marcos to become Senator. She admits this after President Rodrigo Du30 invokes the UN ruling on South China Sea. Du30 told Beijing to lay off Pag-asa Island. Malacañang confirms this recently. Meanwhile, Robredo slams the governor who one is one of the hottest bets for Senator. She did not like Gov. Marcos’ alleged “insensitive” comment.
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[VIDEO]: Duterte now ‘effectively’ invokes UN ruling vs China on South China Sea.
The Philippines Started the Friction with China
In a television interview, Marcos explains that it was Manila that starts the fight with Beijing. China claims ownership of virtually the entire South China Sea. This includes the waters within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
Permanent Court of Arbitration
Former president Benigno Aquino III, Robredo’s ally, brings China to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague over the said maritime dispute. The Arbitral Tribunal rules in favor of the Philippines. This made the commercial and bilateral relations with the Chinese went sour. It was the late Ferdinand Marcos, Gov. Imee’s father who had a symbiotically beneficial relationship with China for the country.
Diplomatic ApproachForeign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr said he “fired off a salvo of diplomatic notes” against China over the issue. Locsin said he did this before undertaking his first official trip to China from March 18 to 21. Under President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines has adopted a friendlier stance toward China, downplaying a decades-long sea dispute in exchange for loans and grants from the Chinese.
Senator for the People’s Welfare
Like her father, Marcos is always for the welfare of the people according to her impressive track record. While the questionable VP focuses on her emotions, Governor Marcos calls on the government to immediately craft a scheme. This is for the local government units to get the 40 percent share of national taxes by next year. The Supreme Court (SC) upheld a previous decision on the issue.
Good Ruling for the People’s Needs
Disregarding Robredo’s childish act, Marcos said that it is only right that the SC rules to raise the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of local government units (LGUs) by including all national taxes. “Our LGUs have been deprived for the longest time of their ‘just share’ on their Internal Revenue Allotment computed based on all national taxes and not just from national internal revenue taxes,” Marcos explained. She knows this well because of her long experience in local government. Sad to say that the temporary VP cannot comment on issues like this.