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China-Philippines Relations Aim for the Return of Golden Age after Bongbong Marcos’ VP Intro

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

“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.

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Why Can’t LP Stand Du30’s Change? Can it be a Confrontation of Marcos’ Golden Era?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The anti-administration particularly Liberal Party supporters are strongly against the recent action of the president. Du30’s detractors are implying that the country is going back to the militarization of Marcos’ golden era. On the other side, it is warmly welcomed because it could mean that law-abiders can have good like white outlaws are strictly punished but hopefully not abused of their rights.

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[VIDEO]: Ferdinand Marcos’ 20-year iron rule has been the golden age in our country. Sometimes on his reign, Philippines had become the second richest country and the most literate in Asia. He declared “Martial Law” to save the Republic from its enemies at any costs. Numerous projects and infrastructures are dedicated to making the Greater Philippines a regional power alongside China.

Military in Politics

The recent Cabinet appointments by the President is the result of hs frustration with his orders that are left unimplemented. He is now aware of his unrealistic deadlines and promises after six months in the top post. If there’s anyone who can obey his orders without questions, it would be the military men.

Appointees from the Armed Forces

It’s not a surprise that he appointed two military generals for the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources after CA rejected anti-Marcos Gina Lopez. Former Armed Forces chief Roy Cimatu is now the new DENR secretary, while still-to-retire Armed Forces chief Eduardo Año is the new DILG secretary.

Government Militarization

The president, however, does not have the monopoly of military appointments in the bureaucracy in the Philippines’ after the Marcos era. Fidel Ramos had 100 military men in his government. Arroyo also appointed more than 50. It is obvious, however, that most of his cabinet members are pro-Bongbong Marcos. This goes the same in the senate among the pro-administration senators, of course.

Martial Law Instill Discipline

The areas of education, heath care, infrastructure and public services during the Marcos era were successful because of the discipline instilled by martial law. PDu30 understands this. Thereby, he chooses disciplined men from the military – as well as those politicians who understand why the Marcos ways are needed in the country. Does this mean that the president is preparing for Bongbong Marcos to take over?