Has our President been compromised? HAS President Duterte been compromised in the course of his dealings with the Chinese? There are just too many wide-awake Filipinos asking this disturbing question. It is high time it is posed publicly so, in fairness to the President, he will have the chance to answer it candidly and clearly. We sense that the public wants an assurance directly from the President, although he may totally ignore the question. One of his subalterns had said that his boss “must never stoop to listening to the gutter.” In whatever manner Mr. Duterte reacts, we are quite sure the question or its variations will keep cropping up to hound his presidency until a satisfactory answer is given or his veneer of pro-Chinese bias vanishes. He could duck and demand a bill of particulars – although we see no need for that since he must be aware of the issues publicly raised in relation to his perceived pro-Chinese predisposition when … [Read more...] about Has our President been compromised?
Boat vs ship
MANILA - The Philippines and China may conduct a joint investigation on the allision of a Filipino fishing boat and a Chinese ship near the Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea, Cabinet officials said Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said he is planning to suggest the idea to President Rodrigo Duterte while Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said it is one of the options being considered by the government. "Maganda rin iyong (It will be good to have a) joint investigation—I am tinkering [with] the idea of suggesting that, joint investigation ng dalawang bansa (of the 2 countries)," Panelo said during a Palace press briefing. "It's possible. It's one of the options kaya nga po ang magiging proseso nito andiyan ang ating (that's why our process there is our) diplomatic protest. Hintayin natin ang (let's wait for the) reply ng (of) China then we will work from there," Nograles told reporters. Malacañang has appealed for sobriety over the sinking of a … [Read more...] about PH, China may conduct joint probe on Reed Bank allision
MANILA—"Noted. Next." This was the response of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. to China's statement that it did not abandon 22 Filipino fishermen after sinking their ship near Reed Bank last Sunday. 'No hit-and-run': Beijing denies boat abandoned Pinoy fishermen near Reed Bank In a tweet, Locsin said government will move forward with the military's version of the incident. The Armed Forces' Western Command earlier said the incident was "far from accidental" and likened it to a "hit and run." Philippine boat captain asserts: 'Binangga, tinakasan kami' Biejing, through its embassy in Manila, however, said the captain of the Chinese ship tried to save the fishermen but was "afraid of being besieged by other Filipino fishing boats." The foreign affairs chief said he has ordered the Philippine Embassy in London to appeal to the UK-based International Maritime Organization. "Was in Geneva; now at UN. Proper official response to Chinese version—whether it changes … [Read more...] about Locsin on China’s version of Reed Bank incident — ‘Noted. Next’
MANILA – Sen. Grace Poe on Thursday said the Philippines must not let itself be bullied by China, after a Chinese vessel allegedly rammed and sank a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea, leaving Filipino fishermen "to die" in the waters. Chinese ship sinks PH vessel, abandons 22 Pinoy fishermen Filipino fishing vessel F/B GIMVER1 sank after it was rammed by a Chinese vessel off Recto Bank near Palawan Sunday night. The Chinese crew also abandoned the 22 Filipino fishermen in the waters. They were later rescued by a Vietnamese vessel nearby. “Akalain mo binangga na nga iniwan pa dun para mamatay. Hindi po excuse na sabihin malakas ang China at mahina tayo. Kung nginungudngud na mukha mo sa lupa, hindi ba mas kahiya-hiya sa inyong integridad na hindi lumaban?” Poe said in a speech during graduation rites of the Bulacan State University. (After they were rammed, they were just left there to die. It’s not an excuse to say that China is … [Read more...] about News Poe: PH must stand up to China