Former FVR Cabinet official recommends “right things to do” to normalize China-PH relations post Recto Bank incident

The critics of the Duterte administration have a field day criticizing the President’s action or inaction on the issue of the “sinking” of the PH fishing vessel in the Recto Bank.

Some critics even proposed a tougher action versus China like cutting off diplomatic ties and some, especially the so-called keyboard warriors, went as far as recommending going to war versus China over the sinking of the Filipino fishing vessel.

Not sure though if they will walk the talk and enlist in the Armed Forces of the Philippines to evict the Chinese in the disputed territories in the Spratly.

Predictably, the DDS, once again, is standing behind the President, trusting that his wisdom and love for the Filipinos will put the welfare of the country above everything else.

Former FVR Cabinet official Rafael Alunan III is one of those who support President Duterte’s handling of the issue.

However, Alunan went further and offered his wisdom how the two nations should move forward to normalize the situation between the countries.

Firstly, stated 3 imperatives China must show to prove one’s sincerity and earn the ordinary Filipinos trust and confidence. One, is for China to punish the CMM crew for failing to rescue the Filipino fishermen.

One one hand, Alunan mentioned 5 imperatives the Duterte government should take to prevent a similar incident in the future. On example is building a credible sea-air capability to enforce the law and protect our resources anywhere in our EEZ.

You may start reading Rafael Alunan’s full FB post below.

THESE TO ME ARE THE RIGHT THINGS TO DO.

The Recto Bank incident brings forth 3 imperatives:

1. China must punish the CMM crew of 42212 for failing to rescue the fishermen.

2. China must compensate our fishermen for the loss of their fishing vessel, near-death experience and the anguish it caused on them and their families.

3. China should sincerely apologize and withdraw all its ships and CMM vessels operating illegally in all areas of our EEZ as per UNCLOS.

For our part, we have our own imperatives to address:

1. Build an adequate sea-air capability to enforce the law and protect our resources anywhere in our EEZ. Right now, we’re like a rich bank without a security fence.

2. Our fishermen should be protected by existing BFAR and PCG assets. The operating cost, as with future acquisition costs, should be considered part of an investment in resource protection because it will produce returns on investment or ROI.

3. Any Filipino vessel or aircraft should have integrated communications with the military command in the area that, in turn, is linked to national authorities, for emergency use.

4. Form a security partnership with Vietnam and Indonesia to begin with, perhaps expanding to include all ASEAN claimants plus Taiwan. Show the world how competing claimants can work within their code of conduct as a confidence-building measure to resolve their disputes, and as a self-help defense force against the security threat of a much larger power.

5. Our Executive and Legislative branches of government, backed by jurisprudence, should work as one united indivisible force to uphold our national interests, dignity and security. Bayan bago sarili!

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