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[VIDEO]: China Insists that Arbitral Ruling is Illegal
China War as an Option
Former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is banking on President Bongbong Marcos’ promise that he would fight for the country’s sovereignty. This is when it comes to the arbitral ruling of the Hague that favors the Philippines over the South China Sea claim. But China war is not an option yet. President Marcos may decide again after all diplomatic means are exhausted.
Illegal, Null, and Void
China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that the award of the South China Sea arbitration is against international law. This includes the UNCLOS, he added. The Chinese government does not accept or recognize it. They continue to insist that it is illegal, null, and void.
The Response of the Marcos Administration
DFA Secretary Enrique A. Manalo firmly explained that they strongly oppose attempts to undermine the said ruling. It cannot be erased from the law, history, and collective memories. They continue to seek support from other countries that honor the award. This can probably mean the start of the China war. However, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez assures the people that diplomatic means still stand at this time.
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The Image of Ferdinand Marcos at the Chinese Embassy
Bongbong Marcos attended the ceremony for the embassy’s new photo wall recently. It included the image of his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said that it was a “great honor” to meet the presidential aspirant and his family. So, when Marcos becomes president, China war is unlikely because of China’s respect to Marcos’ father. The relationship is actually beneficial to both countries.
Long-time Friendship with China
The envoy said that they cherish and honor old friends like the Marcos family. They hope for more Chinese and Filipino people to be committed to deepening both countries’ partnership and cooperation. Like President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Marcos believes in having a bilateral relationship with China. Definitely no war. Instead, both must work together for mutually beneficial commercial and trade activities. Just like what good neighbors do.
Guest of Honor for Special Events
Despite not having a government position, Marcos is always a guest of honor in China’s special events in the country. Huang thanked him for the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony. It is rumored that China is one of the 120 nations that owed gold reserves during the Marcos administration. His son must be president first before the nation can know the whole truth.
Former Senator Marcos’ previous suggestion on PH-China row
BBM and Enrile’s Logic to Prevent China War
Opposition bullies intensify their campaign for the President to provoke China War. However, he finds allies in former Senators Bongbong Marcos and Juan Ponce Enrile. Marcos stresses that an international policy with America and the EU should draw the lines for both countries. Talks are necessary to identify the restrictions and provisions. Whereas Enrile understands the stand of Duterte. He said that to assert the tribunal ruling to China is not possible without military capability. So, it is clear that the anti-Duterte personalities are not pro-Filipinos. They only serve what America wants. This is to stop Chinese supremacy. To the destruction of Filipino lives.
Duterte never gets the assurance of America to protect the country should conflict with China arises. They can only retaliate if China attacks the Philippines. The same happens in Gaza. America is still frozen after Israel made hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza. Hamas and other Palestinian militants also did multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and Beersheba. While the US figures out what to do, casualties are already visible on social media. This is what the Philippine President wants to avoid. Senseless deaths from a war that is not necessary. America should settle its intention with China without using the Philippines as the sacrificial lamb.
Avoid China War and Wait for the Right Time
The South China Sea dispute is not feasible through diplomatic means yet. Since China cannot accept the ruling of the Hague. Therefore, it is best for the country to deal with the present pandemic first. Then rebuild the economy. Also, make the military defense or offense at par with international standards. Forming a reliable alliance in Asia with the support of the superpowers is also necessary. This way, China War is unlikely. The unity of these countries tells China to adhere to its mandate. Thus, to avoid massive apprehensions.
Arbitral Ruling Only Paper, Might Provoke China War
Former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio is a big liar. He proudly accepts President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s debate challenge on the South China Sea dispute. However, he might act as a crusader against the Chinese superpower. But he also serves the interests of the US. As it announces its campaign to hinder the rise of China. No patriotism at all for the country. So, this brings logical Filipinos to think about the President’s intention. This is not to provoke the China war. Carpio uses the Arbitral ruling which no court can implement. America can only retaliate if China attacks the Philippines. They are not in a position to provide safety to the Filipinos. A war must ignite first that can lead to world war.
Carpio’s resignation call to the president says it all. His only priority is to unseat the people’s president. His political party never stops discrediting the Filipino leader. Unsuspecting Filipinos can immediately believe their cover-ups. The arbitral ruling propaganda does not come with reality on the ground. No recognition whatsoever. Besides, the country has no military force to let China bow down. If the Pnoy administration was so good at scaring China off, why are there Chinese vessels in the country’s territory? No mention at all of the late President Ferdinand Marcos’s military tactics that the Aquino regime did not continue. That surely made the bully behave.
Hiding President Marcos’s Efforts in Carpio’s Book
Carpio only devotes just one sentence to explain the very audacious move of Marcos that got Filipinos the properties in the South China Sea. He couldn’t even mention the word “Marcos” in one single sentence. Marcos’s operations from 1970 to take over all of the islands in the Spratlys are nowhere to be found. The late 1960s marked the peak of the Philippine Navy. It was the envy of the region. They had a Marine contingent, a naval construction battalion when they lay claim on seven islands in the South China Sea. Those forces disappear during the Liberal Party’s reign. Duterte took over rebuilding them. But Carpio’s lies slow him down.
Bongbong Marcos earlier said that the 2016 legal victory of the Philippines against China before a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal. This invalidates Beijing’s expansive claim to the South China Sea creates tension with the powerful neighbor. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio then clarifies that the joint exploration with China does not violate the constitution. This is because the Philippines is still in full control with the operation. What’s unconstitutional is the China war threat. Carpio suggests trying to change the mindset of the Chinese people that they do not own the South China Sea through international influence and social media.
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Change the Mindset
Carpio reiterates his call for a more vigorous campaign to change the mindset of the Chinese that the West Philippine Sea does not belong to China. He also said that there are bills pending in Congress that push for the declaration of portions of the West Philippine Sea as a marine sanctuary.
Call for Unity to Enforce Ruling
The Social Weather Stations releases results a month ago that shows 84 percent of Filipinos want the Du30 administration to do more against China’s intrusion in the West Philippine Sea. Carpio said that 84 percent can increase at the end of the year. “That is good because it is only when we are united can we get the ruling enforced,” he said
No Legal Basis for China’s Claim
He said the Philippine government should continue to assert its rights over the West Philippine Sea. It should do something to fortify the ruling given by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2016 every year. The ruling states that China has no legal basis for its nine-dash line territorial claim.
Educating the Chinese People
He also said that Filipinos should take time understanding the issues. That way, they could better explain the country’s position to other nationalities. They have the mission to convince other countries of the Philippines’ position. This is in the hope that together they could convince the Chinese people that the West Philippine Sea does not belong to them.
Downside of the Supreme Court Justice’s Plea
The Supreme Court Justice knows that China will never accept the ruling. Not unless the Chinese people realize that their historical narrative 2000 years ago is false. Since grade school to college, they have been taught that they own the South China Sea. They really believe it because they were not taught other things,” he said. However, it seems vague how the Filipinos with the help of other nations can change the mindset of over 1.3 billion people. This can actually cause more tensions between the two countries.
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
The President made it clear that this time, the dispute will not be mentioned in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN summit. He stressed that he would not use the event to pressure China on its illegal expansionism in the strategically vital passageway waters.
China turns reefs and shoals in some areas claimed by the Philippines and other nations into artificial islands. It also installs military facilities there. China’s reclamation rattles other claimants which include ASEAN members like Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei. The Filipino leader could very well take advantage of the hosted event – but opted to keep the friendship with China.
The United States has criticized China’s construction work. It warns against militarization in the waterway where $5 trillion in annual trade passes. They claim that it’s the freedom of navigation that they are after and would back the Philippines should the Filipinos insist on their sovereignty rights.
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.