Duterte leans toward China


PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday tilted further toward closer ties with Beijing, as he continued his attacks on Western powers and the United Nations in what an analyst said was an effort by the President to correct the notion that Manila was too close to Washington.

While proclaiming a “neutral foreign policy,” Duterte said he might visit China more often to discuss issues related to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), including fishing rights for Filipinos in the disputed waters.

“You will see me more often in China … One of the things that I would demand if I go to mainland China is: ‘Give us back our fishing rights.’ That’s one. Ma-negosyo ‘tong pobre kong mga kababayan [So our poor countrymen can make a living],” he said in a speech during the inauguration of a power plant in Misamis Oriental.The President also hinted that he might propose a joint venture between China and the Philippines involving gas resources in the disputed waters, repeating a plan he had mentioned during his presidential campaign.

In a news conference in Malacañang, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confirmed that Duterte might visit China and Japan next month.

Andanar said the China trip could happen by mid-October while the Japan trip could be scheduled by the end of that month.

Duterte’s first foreign trip last month took him to Laos, where he engaged in a diplomatic spat with US President Barack Obama, and Indonesia.

The 71-year-old Duterte, who assumed office on June 30, has increasingly criticized Manila’s strongest ally, Washington, while seeking to mend ties with Beijing that have been strained by a bitter sea row.

“So, what we do now is we go to China, and rightly so. China is in good faith,” the President said in his Thursday speech.

In seeking closer ties with China, Duterte argued that the Philippines could not rely solely on its treaty alliance with the United States.

However, Duterte stressed that his talks with Chinese officials should only revolve around a ruling by a United Nations-backed court that favored the Philippines and said China had no historical rights to the resource-rich waters.

“We cannot depend on anybody except us. I don’t expect the United States to die for us. So we’ll just have to navigate our way around here,” the President said.

Aside from China and Japan, Duterte is also set to visit Vietnam on September 28 to 29, according to Malacañang.

Normalization of relations

Analyst Ramon Casiple said Duterte’s statements that seemed to favor China could be part of an effort to correct the notion that the country was “too aligned” with the United States.

“Neutral is the new policy but that does not mean that we are now aligning with China. The President could just be correcting the situation because in the past our government almost didn’t want to talk to China,” Casiple said, referring to the foreign policy of the previous administration.

Casiple said the perception of China and other countries in the region was that the Philippines was too aligned with the US and other Western powers including the European Union.

There is a need for the country to become neutral, in order for China to “believe us,” he added.

“If we allow the notion that we are close with the US, how can China believe us?”

UN, EU dared to probe deaths
Duterte on Thursday invited the United Nations’ chief and international human rights experts to investigate allegations of widespread extrajudicial killings, but insisted they also face him in a public debate.

The acid-tongued Duterte had earlier used vulgar language to dismiss criticism from the two organizations and the United States of his bloody war on crime, which has claimed over 3,000 lives since he took office on June 30.

“I have invited the [United Nations human rights] rapporteur, (UN chief) Ban Ki-moon, the EU, their lawyers to come here and investigate me,” Duterte said in his speech, adding the formal invitations would be sent soon.

“But… after they question me, I will question them, one by one in open forum… then you will all see how I will beat those devils.”

The 71-year-old former city mayor won elections in a landslide in May after vowing to eradicate the illegal drug trade in six months, and promising that 100,000 criminals would be killed in the process.

Since getting elected, he has urged police and even civilians to kill drug pushers, and vowed to protect lawmen from prosecution. However he has also insisted that he has not encouraged anything illegal.

Last month, a UN human rights investigator asked to be allowed to visit the Philippines to look into the abuses but the Duterte government swiftly rebuffed her.

An angry Duterte then threatened to pull the Philippines out of the UN, but later said it was just a “joke.”

Duterte has made a series of controversial pronouncements only to retract them later, with his aides saying his remarks were “merely rhetoric” or “hyperbole”.

Duterte has also hit US President Barack Obama and called Ban a “fool” after both expressed concern over the killings.

This week Duterte added the European Union to his list of targets, after the European Parliament condemned “the current wave of extrajudicial executions” in his country.


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  1. siguro parehas kami ng iniisip why he pursue on negotiating with china, simply because US cant help us no matter what in so many aspects in our country specially in improving or aiding our economic problem. he sees the opportunity that China could help us improving our infrastructure in given time. they have all the means needed to execute it. kahit makuha natin panatag shoal maybe it will cost us alot for exploration. the main concern lang naman jan i guess is yung mga mangingisda maybe we could do some arrangements sa China kase for sure di rin naman yan papatalo. Totoo sinabi nya din that US will not die for us. so the best way to handle our enemy is to be friend with them in returns ng mga pabor na hihingin natin.and he saw it that China are willing to help and negotiate.. fake products and drugs? its not the real concern. kaya nga sya mahigpit na sa droga here right. and fake product will follow too. hirap kase sa mga leader ng west, puro daldal. hehe maybe sawa na si digong sa puro dada na di din naman nakaka tulong satin hehe he rather find a solution to our problem on the other side.

  2. Filipino people regardless of political affiliations especially those who love peace and hate crimes should rather pray for President Duterte to have God in his side, constantly giving him the wisdom to make the right decision for our country Philippines. Because only those criminals, druglords, drug pushers and drug addicts and his subdued political enemies are not happy of what President Duterte has done for our our country.

    • only those criminals, druglords, drug pushers and drug addicts and his subdued political enemies are not happy of what President Duterte has done for our our country.

      This is shaping up to be a war between intellectuals vs stupid.

      The stupid have the numbers and refuse to let facts like the constitution get in the way of their lust for blood or kill for thrills fun.

      Philippines 1987 Constitution
      Bill of Rights

      SECTION 1. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws.

      SECTION 14. (1) No person shall be held to answer for a criminal offense without due process of law.

      (2) In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall be presumed innocent until the contrary is proved, and shall enjoy the right to be heard by himself and counsel, to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation against him, to have a speedy, impartial, and public trial, to meet the witnesses face to face, and to have compulsory process to secure the attendance of witnesses and the production of evidence in his behalf.

      Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed by the Philippines in 1948

      Article 3 – Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

      Article 10 – Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

      Article 11.1- Everyone charged with a penal offense has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.

      Article 12 (Shootout to De Lima): No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

      September 20th 2016
      Addressing troops of the 10th Infantry Division
      Duterte instructed soldiers to kill criminals whether or not they pull out a gun.

      “(If they pull out a gun, kill them. If they don’t, kill them, son of a whore so it’s over, lest you lose the gun. I’ll take care of you.)”

      (Massacre 100 people, I’ll pardon all of you) – restore to full political and civil rights plus a promotion to boot,”

      President Duterte asking citizens and soldiers to kill unarmed suspects is a violation of the 1987 Philippines Constitution and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

      What Duterte supporters are saying.
      We have the right to kill anyone we want and others have to respect our right to deny others their rights.

      According to this Fausto Tan only criminals, druglords, drug pushers and drug addicts support the Philippines Constitution.

      Life is Hard
      It’s Harder when you are Stupid

  3. What do the Filipinos expect of this guy? He is a Chinese and above all a communist by heart. Proof? Look of what he is doing in the past three months.

  4. Mr.Duterte, I cannot understand why you are favoring & leaning towards China? Do I have to tell you that China:
    -Is illegally occupying our islands in the Phil West Sea according to International Court Arbitration
    -Is driving out our fishermen is said islands
    -Most of the drug lords, manufacturers, distributors are Chinese
    -Most of the fake manufactured products come from China
    Puede ba use your head !! Nakakahiya ka !!

  5. Is it really useful to pose this as a China vs US issue. With respect to the economy, China is the USA’s second most important trading partner. If China plays such an important role to the US, why would there be a negative connotation for the Philippines to do so as well? In 2014, under the previous administration, China was already the Philippine’s second largest trading partner (ahead of the US). I am not sure that the current administration is really doing anything different.

    And with all the trade between China and the US, China seems to have a lot of dollars available for infrastructure development. it may be a good idea to lay aside old Cold War views of reality and try to figure out what is best for the country and how to fund that successfully.

  6. Mariano Patalinjug on

    Yonkers, New York
    23 September

    It should be more than abundantly clear that the world cannot know whether Der Fuhrer Rodrigo Duterte is “coming or going!”

    He says one thing, then corrects or controverts himself the next minute

    This a sure sign of a muddled brain, which is not a desirable quality in a President.

    Another shortcoming, a very serious one, is that he gets easily piqued at even the slightest criticism, and then in knee-jerk fashion lets loose with a barrage of invectives out of a foul and excreta-laden mouth!

    “Putang ina mo!” is his staple reaction to a valid criticism. US ambassador Phillip Goldberg, Pope Francis, President Obama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the European Union, the European Parliament have been his hapless “victims” so far
    There are bound to be more, as his megalomanic warrantless extrajudicial killing of those he suspects of being involved in the illegal trade problem continues to go forward relentless and brutally, reinforcing his growing worldwide reputation as another IDI AMIN.

    Duterte sticks out like a sore thumb among well-educated and civilized leaders. Soon he will surely be treated by them as a pariah or as a “leper.”


  7. Ignacio Balbutin on

    If you tilted or lean towards China then you are tilting towards communism and your first enemy will be the military who are nemesis of communism.. No matter how much you court the military and give them favors, they are highly patriotic and they cannot afford a President who is tilting toward communism. The best approach is what you said independent foreign policy. Alalahanin mo rin na ang mga intsik and nagpabaha ng droga sa Pinas. Galing sa kanila ang droga. Wag mong sabihin hindi alam ng chinese government. Iyan ang pinakamalaking export products nila na siyang nagpapayaman sa kanilang bansa.

  8. BAKIT tayo nakikisama sa mga nag nanakaw ng teritoryo natin, at balak pa makihati sa pwede natural gas? BALIW ka DIgong, MAY ARAW ka din.

  9. Mr. President, bakit duwag ka ata pag dating sa mga bully-UNCLOS violator-illlegal island land grabber-communist-china, bakit pinapaboran mo pa dialogue sabi mo magjejetski ka at itatanim bandila ng Pilipinas ibig sabihin surrender ka na sa kanila o may conspiracy-collusion-connivance dahil communist ka!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nasa atin ang mga amerikano, European Union, G7 at U.N. bakit takot ka dahil komunista ka binente mo na kami, eto ay Treason !!!! duwag di ka dapat maging Presidente namin !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! at ikonsulta mo muna sa mga tao represented by our Senators and Congressmen kung papayag kami mag pasakop sa komunistang Intsik hindi ka dapat nagdedesisyon mag isa yan ay dictatorship at authoritarian rule hindi lahat ng tao at may 26 million voters hindi mo kayang mong bolahin sa mga anti drugs campaigns mo para malihis tunay mong mong kulay at pumapanig ka sa mga komunistang intsik na sa kanila din galing ang mga Lord of the drug lords according to your intel reports na presented to media kahit patayin mo lahat ng drug pusher no effect di mo binubunot ang ugat galing na tsina, kaya no option ka sinasayang mo lang resources ng Pinas and dapat magdeclare ka na ng all out war !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • He’s not ‘Duwag”. he’s very “cautious” for after all it is not USA or EU or UN for that matter that will decide if our Fishermen can now go back to Panatag to earn a living. Its Us and China. For after all, what country have we become after 70 years of being a lackey of USA? Are we better off than Malaysia or Singapore whose leaders (Mahathir/Lee Kuan Yew) cursed the west in their rule? Does our alliance with the West make as a regional power as we are supposed to be? So am i talking of cutting the west ties? Far from it. DU30 plays fool but is actually clever. He does not put his eggs in just one basket so to speak. he wanted the best of Both Worlds (WEST and China). That is FOR OUR NATIONAL INTEREST!

  10. And China has no records of leaving friends in distress after being used unlike one superpower from the West.

    • As being from the West, it was your own apathy and negligence that caused this issue with China. As far as Im concerned being from the West. Hitch your wagon to China. As far as China not leaving friends do they have any?

    • The Philippines is in the process of developing a record of leaving their friends, If the Philippines formally allies with China then prepare for the reeducation camps that are being built in the Philippines. Call them rehab centers or reeducation camps they will serve as detention camps.

      Good Luck

    • Ignacio Balbutin on

      hahaha ano ka hilo? wlang kinikilalang kaibigan ang China lalo na iyong hindi sang ayon sa kanilang pamamaraan. Naalala mo iyong Tian an men square? mag research ka pra malaman kung anong klaseng bansa ang China

  11. Since getting elected, he has urged police and even civilians to kill drug pushers, and vowed to protect lawmen from prosecution. However he has also insisted that he has not encouraged anything illegal.

    Duterte also urged people to kill users of drugs.

    On the day he was sworn into office, June 30, Duterte urged people living in a Manila slum to kill drug addicts in their community.
    “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”

    It’s is clear what Duterte is saying no matter what his paid liars \ spokesman or aides later claim is “merely rhetoric” or “hyperbole”. In other words Duterte did not mean what he said.

  12. I think masyado atang bilib si duterte sa sarili at nagmimistula na puro yabang na ang lumalabas sa bunganga nya. First he should sent that invitation and I’m sure those human rights investigators would be agog to trade reasons or debate with him.