WE DO NOT NEED WAR TO GET WHAT WE WANT. Rodrigo Duterte
The statement above is one President Duterte’s pet line to justify his position in the Spratly’s, a stance maligned by his critics for allegedly cozying up with the enemy.
But the recent development in Scarborough Shoal is a testament to the genius of Pres. Duterte that should silence his critics in the coming days.
But how did Duterte do it in 4 months while former President Aquino couldn’t in 4 years?
A netizen identified as Adolfo Mortera, shares an insightful view how Duterte did the trick. Please read the full text below:
Although PRRD and China’s PM discussed the Scarborough shoal, there was no joint statement after their meeting, according to reports.
No statement “allowing” Filipino fishermen access to the Scarborough due to objection from Philippine panel.
But there was tacit agreement between the two leaders.
We now know several fishermen have cast their nets in the shoal today. Success!
And most importantly, the Chinese Coast guards are no longer around to block or chase them.
This could be the best modus vivendi under present circumstances.
China, without saying a word, recognizes Philippine rights over these waters, and that they are within our exclusive economic zone.
President Duterte didn’t press the issue.
China saw it as a window to save face, and left Scarborough quietly and discreetly.
It’s a win-win. But the biggest winners are our fishermen.
That’s how I see it, and I pray it stays that way.
Postscript: President Duterte was able to clean up the Scarborough mess created by Aquino, within 4 months!
In April 2012, the sea row between China and the Philippines began when the Philippine Navy personnel boarded Chinese fishing vessels at Scarborough Shoal known as Panatag Shoal locally.
The Philippine Navy claimed to have discovered large quantities of illegal coral and fish on the Chinese vessels. The Chinese surveillance ships nearby intervened when the Chinese fishermen were about to be arrested by the Philippine authorities.
Since then, the Chinese Coast Guard ships and Chinese fishermen decided to make Scarborough Shoal their home, shooing away Filipino fishermen who want to fish in the shoal, the traditional fishing grounds of the Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese fishermen for centuries.
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Source: NY Times