The opposition is mulling an impeachment case versus President Duterte because allowing the Chinese to fish in territorial waters violates the 1987 Constitution.
However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dismissed the impeachment case and insisted that it was “speculative” to assume that the Chinese vessel which allegedly rammed and abandoned a Filipino fishing boat in the Recto Bank (Reed Bank) was indeed fishing in the area when it could have merely been passing through. [Link here]
But if you look at the noise created by the opposition versus PRRD and his pivot to China from a neutral standpoint, it all boils down to getting rid of PRRD and returning back to power, right?
If the opposition (LP politicians and wokes) are indeed patriots and only wish what’s best for the country, they will appreciate PRRD’s pivot to China is for the betterment of the Philippines.
Sadly, the opposition’s approach to China is what former ISAFP Chief Victor Corpus described as WIN-LOSE approach.
For example, the opposition filed a case versus China at the Permanent Arbitration Case in the Hague Netherlands which we won, declaring the Chinese none-dash line illegal. However, they advocated PH should drive out the Chinese from those artificial islands they have constructed with the help of the US military. The problem was, the US will only help us via the MDT (Mutual Defense Treaty) if China attacks us first.
If the US decides to help us evict the Chinese in the artificial islands they built, China would not allow it and defend the artificial islands by using their nuclear warheads if necessary.
Why? According to Corpus, the Manila Trench located near Scarborough Shoal offers a strategic defensive advantage to China in case the US goes to war against them.
In other words, the control of these artificial islands means the survival or extinction of China.
If the US control the South China Sea and decides to enforce a naval blockade versus China, China’s economy will grind to a halt and eventually lead to economic collapse.
So instead of antagonizing China, Corpus suggested engaging China in a WIN-WIN negotiation instead. In negotiation, there is such a thing as “ENLARGING THE PIE”.
For sure, this is why PRRD decides the China pivot. Knowing the man is a strategic thinker just like Ret. Brig. General Victor Corpus.
Rather than facing extinction by allowing PH to be the pawn of America’s proxy war versus China, the old man has guided the Philippines towards an independent foreign policy by brushing aside the country’s image as America’s puppet since assuming office in July 2016.
Corpus wants PRRD to negotiate with China by asking their help in reviving the so-called Galleon trade. Of course, with a modern twist.
For a detailed information of ret. Brig. Gen. Victor Corpus ideas, you may start reading the full FB post below.
THE SOUTH CHINA SEA INSIDE STORY
”There is a news item in certain tabloids that former Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte included me in the list of those who are behind the ouster plot against the President. This is utterly false. I maintain high respects for the President. For the first time in Philippine history, we have adopted an independent foreign policy that is relatively free from US manipulation and dictation. It takes courage to do this because other foreign leaders have been forcibly overthrown or killed for doing what PRRD had done.
me also fully agree to PRRD’s approach in resolving our sea dispute with China; which is the win-win approach. Some former influential government officials like former DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario and SC Justice Antonio Carpio advocated a win-lose strategy; that we won our case in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague that declared the nine-dash line of China illegal; and that we should drive out the Chinese from those artificial islands they have constructed with the help of the US military. This would have led to a major war if PRRD had not adopted an independent foreign policy. This is coz China is prepared to go to war, even a nuclear one, with the US or anybody who would try to drive them out of those artificial islands in the South China Sea.
Said islands meant survival or extinction of the Chinese nation itself. China needs those islands to prevent any adversary from blockading the Malacca Strait and other nearby straits in the area. The US and Australia have been conducting biennial naval exercises dubbed “Talisman Saber” since 2005 rehearsing how they would blockade the Malacca Strait where China’s oil imports from the Middle East and Africa and China’s traded goods pass through. A naval blockade of dis critical choke point will force China’s economy to grind to a halt.
Another reason why China occupied the Scarborough Shoal in the disputed waters is coz of the Manila Trench passing nearby. This is the only deep portion in the whole of the South China Sea that is deep enough for nuclear submarines to approach China’s east coast undetected for a “first strike”. Four Ohio Class submarines sneaking in through this Manila Trench and conducting a first nuclear strike can drive the Chinese nation and civilization to extinction within hours, if not minutes!
For these two reasons, China is prepared to go to war if need be because it is a question of survival. And the Philippines will be swept away if we stand on the way! or serve as willing tools of a waning superpower who is struggling to prevent its eventual decline.
So, instead of fighting a war that we cannot win (and that the US itself cannot win because of geographical disadvantage); why don’t we engage in a WIN-WIN negotiation instead. In negotiation, there is such a thing as “ENLARGING THE PIE”. We can enlarge the pie by negotiating with China to assist RP in reviving the ancient Galleon Trade route that brought silk, porcelain, silver, and other goods from Guangzhou to Manila where galleon ships brought said goods to Acapulco, Mexico then on the Seville of Spain. From Mexico and Panama, high-speed rail can be built across South and North America. The port in Cagayan inside CEZA in the northern Philippines can be modernized with China’s assistance to serve as a maritime hub and gateway for the whole of ASEAN and China to North and South America. The port in Tawi-Tawi can also be modernized to serve as the gateway for ASEAN and China to Oceania (Australia and New Zealand).
This will be a big win for China coz the Belt and Road Initiative or BRI will now cover six continents instead of three. The whole of ASEAN will also win big coz of the increase in trade infrastructure and trade opportunities spanning six continents. But the Philippines will be the biggest beneficiary of them all coz it will be at the epicenter of a planetary-scale economic development that will literally circle the globe. All these can only be possible with a Philippine President under Rodrigo R. Duterte. The alternative is WAR, and nobody wins.
I support PRRD for another reason – his determined war on drugs. When I was Chief of ISAFP, we tried to warn the public on the creeping danger of narco-politics. Our system is such that economic power begets political power. there is big money in drugs. So drug lords can easily choose their own candidates and make them win using drug money. But at that time, we did not have the strong hand needed to weed out the fast-spreading drug problem. Until it grew to what it is today. Only President Duterte had the gall to run after and truly eliminate dis plague in Philippine society.
So, Mr. President, I salute you! May you succeed for the rest of your stint as the leader of our nation.”
— Victor N. Corpus
BTW, the FB was published in December 2018 but the message still relevant as today.