• BUT PH DEFENSE CHIEF BELIEVES US WON’T REMOVE PRESIDENT

    China backs Duterte amid ‘ouster plot’

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    THE Chinese government expressed strong support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, following a Manila Times report of an alleged plot by former US ambassador to Manila Philip Goldberg to kick him out of Malacañang.

    In a news conference in Beijing on Thursday, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China was confident on Duterte’s leadership and would continue to support his policies.

    “As a friendly neighbor to the Philippines, China supports President Duterte’s policies and stands ready to help the Philippines speed up development by deepening bilateral cooperation of mutual benefit,” the official was quoted as saying in an official transcript released by the ministry.

    “We believe that President Duterte will lead the Philippines to achieve greater development and prosperity.”

    Citing a document it had received from highly placed source, The Manila Times on Tuesday reported that before ending his stint in Manila, Goldberg had prepared a “blueprint” for the ultimate removal for Duterte.

    RIZAL DAY President Rodrigo Duterte (second from right) leads the flag-raising ceremony to mark the 120th anniversary of the martyrdom of Jose Rizal at Rizal Park on Friday. With him are, from left: Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

    RIZAL DAY President Rodrigo Duterte (second from right) leads the flag-raising ceremony to mark the 120th anniversary of the martyrdom of Jose Rizal at Rizal Park on Friday. With him are, from left: Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

    The plan calls on the US government to employ a combination of “socio-economic-political-diplomatic moves” against Duterte “to bring him to his knees and eventually remove him from office.”

    Duterte on Thursday warned those behind the supposed plot to brace for a bloody fight.

    “Those talks of ousting me…probably I’ll give you a good fight, you’ll get a bloody nose,” Duterte said in the first of four media interviews Thursday, aired over CNN Philippines.

    In a statement to The Manila Times, however, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel described the report as “false,” stressing that the US respects the sovereignty of the Philippines. “No such blueprint exists,” he said.

    Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday cast doubt on the report, saying he did not even ask military intelligence to look into it.

    “Hindi totoo` yun, hindi ako naniniwala dun [That’s not true. I don’t believe that]. The US will not do that,” Lorenzana told reporters during the Rizal Day celebration at Rizal Park in Manila.

    He said he did not bother the intelligence community about the report because its job was “to protect the integrity of the republic.”

    Lorenzana said he had yet to talk to the President but relayed his views to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

    “Let us not dignify this rumor, sabi niya [he said],” Lorenzana said, quoting Medialdea.

    House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Tuesday called for a congressional investigation into the alleged “blueprint,” describing the supposed ouster plot “anathema” to democracy and a “subversion” of the people’s will.

    ‘Duterte has popular support’
    In Beijing, Hua pointed out that Duterte enjoys support of the Filipino people.

    “Mr. Duterte was elected the 16th president of the Philippines in last May’s general election. Since taking office, President Duterte has won great support and respect from the Philippine people by launching social reforms, developing the economy, tackling crimes and improving people’s livelihood, as what he does is in the interests of the country and the people,” she said.

    In a television interview on Thursday, Duterte said he was optimistic on the Philippine economy with the backing of China.

    “I’m upbeat on our economy because China is coming in,” he said. “Before, we are limited because when was the last time China paid attention on us? It was [not]until my last trip to China to talk to them.”

    Duterte made a historic state visit in Beijing last October, bringing home $15 billion worth of investments and $9 billion in financing agreements with the Asian economic power.

    Just recently, the Board of Investments said at least 40 investors from China were looking at exploring investment opportunities in Mindanao.

    The Chinese firms include Foxconn IPC Group which is part of global electronics giant Foxconn Technology, CAS Engineering & Development Corp., CHINT Electric Group and Shenda Electric.

    West PH Sea dispute
    Despite the improving ties between Manila and Beijing, Duterte promised that the time would come within his six-year term when he would tackle the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute with Chinese officials.

    He added that he would also confront China if it siphoned off minerals from the disputed waters, also partly claimed by Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Brunei.

    “When you begin to extract the oil, you begin to extract the mineral there, what about me? You are the owner, I’m also the owner so what’s going to happen to us?” Duterte said.

    A July 12 ruling by The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration junked China’s excessive claims over almost the whole of South China Sea through the “nine-dash” demarcation line—a major victory that the President is willing to set aside in the meantime to improve relations with Beijing.

    “I told the Chinese [leaders]when I was there, there will be time during my term when we will have to talk about the arbitral [award],” he said. “I will make a noise certainly because I claim to be the owner. But this is not the time.”

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    1. The Manila Times has to show more about this alleged plot, like the document. Otherwise it could be you are channeling a disinformation operation, of the Chinese or others.

    2. Duterte’s administration, is making up its own ghost, That’s the product of using fouled language, without using your brain. This is the result of his independent bilateral foreign policy, with out policy?

    3. The americans are good and peace loving, BUT, their goverment seems to feel that they are the master of the universe. even if the state department will say that the plot to oust President Duterte is not true or the report is false, history has it that the state department has seen meddling in the affairs of other countries. Look what they have done to Pres. Noriega of Panama who was their friend. Panama was invaded, Noriega was ousted as president, kidnapped and brought to the US to face trial for drugs. so, there is double standard employed by the state department, the state department is condemning Pres. Duterte against drug but it is right for them to invade which resulted to thousands of people killed and kidnapped Noriega for drugs.

      Goldberg was booted out as ambassador of Bolivia as persona non grata for planning to oust the Bolivian President. This Goldberg has the penchant of meddling in the affairs of government where he is assigned and orchestrate the ouster of the president. To the country where Goldberg is assigned now, do not trust this man Goldberg because for sure you be the next.

      To those involve and part of the plan – the yellow terrorists, yellow medias, oligarchs and elitists, “Mga”dalo for power and fee for a coup group trillanes, think twice because it will be very bloody this time because people will rally behind the President Duterte and you will be the cause of the country’s downfall.

      We support Pres. Duterte in his quest for change and a prosperous and develop Philippines!