Ex-La Salle prof’s top 5 reasons why EU revoking PH trade perks due to human rights violations is nonsense

The Opposition camp, led by Leni Robredo and seconded by Senator Drilon, is telling the Duterte admin to bow down to the whims of EU Parliament.

In case you missed it, the EU Parliament issued a resolution urging the Philippines to implement international conventions on human rights.

Otherwise, the EU threatens to revoke the trade perks enjoyed by the Philippines. If that happens, (knock on wood) and thousands of Filipinos will lose their jobs as a result of the EU action. [Link here]

Well, that’s what Robredo and company wants Filipinos to believe that losing our trade perks from EU is just easy as counting 1,2,3.

However, if you read the latest FB post of former La Salle History Professor Van Ybiernas, this is nonsense.

The former La Salle professor enumerated (5) five reasons to support his assertion.

First, revoking the trade privileges of the Philippines is not easy. Ybiernas said EU will conduct first an investigation to determine if the allegations vs the PH is true.

Unang una, nonsense yung tatanggalin ng EU ang mga trade privileges ng Pilipinas dahil hindi ganun kadali o kabilis ang proseso na yan. Kailangan muna nila mag-imbestiga para mapatunayang totoo ang mga alegasyon tungkol sa ating gobyerno.

Second, the EU Parliament has no power to make decisions on the matter but the EU Commission. Ybiernas explained.

‘Pangalawa, hindi naman ang EU Parliament ang magdedesisyon nyan at iniiwasan ng EU Commission ang mga ganyang aksyon sa kung ano mang isyu dahil magre-reciprocate lang ang Pilipinas sa pamamagitan ng pagpataw ng buwis sa mga produkto galing Europa.’

Third, Ybiernas teased netizens who reacted like they just heard of people making threats despite having zero ability to make do of the threat.

‘Pangatlo, parang ngayon lang kayo nakarinig ng pananakot ng mga taong wala naman kakayahan ituloy yung pananakot nila.’

Fourth, Ybiernas belittled the threats of the EU, saying he has faith in the competitiveness of Philippine products.

‘Pang apat, kung matuloy man iyan, hindi naman agad mawawalan ng trabaho yung mga tao dahil kung competitive naman yung mga produkto natin mai-e-export pa rin yan sa Europa o sa ibang lugar.’

Finally, the prices of goods and demands fluctuate in the world market, not constant and because of this, exporters will not easily close shop.

‘Panglima, pabago bago ang presyuhan at demand ng mga produkto sa ibang bansa, hindi naman constant yan, at kapag nagbabago yan taon taon, hindi naman agad agad nagsasara yung mga exporters.’

Ybiernas sneered at people calling him fake news when he said it’s the other way around.

‘Tayo pa daw ang fake news ampota! Samantalang panay ang pagkalat nila ng maling impormasyon.’

Ybiernas ended the FB post saying that the critics of the administration are hiding by quoting random sources and making it appear that their source is legit. In the end, Ybiernas said this is still categorized as disinformation.

‘Nagkukubli lang sila sa pagkokowt sa kung sino sino at pinapalabas na tama ang sinasabi ng mga iyon. Pero disinformation pa rin na matatawag yan.’

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