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Govt should stop referring to arbitral ruling


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THE following are sub-headlines of stories published in the May 1, 2021 online edition of the Inquirer regarding asinine statements by former Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio that border on the ludicrous:
– “Carpio: Duterte main problem in WPS”

– “Carpio: Time to rouse Duterte from sleep, tell him China doesn’t possess the WPS”

– “Carpio: PH needs president who puts Filipinos first instead of China”

– “Carpio to “sleeping” Duterte: China is not in possession of West Philippine Sea”

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has responded to or rebutted Carpio’s absurd assertions, including previous ones, in both the newspapers and on TV.

That is actually doing Carpio a favor. By doing so, the nitwit gets double exposure for inane views only the opposition (the Yellowtards and the Yankeephiles among them, some of whom may also be found in Digong’s camp) are interested in for the simple reason they are on the opposite side of the fence. If the situation were to change tomorrow, you will find all or many of them jumping over the fence posthaste. Such is politics!


And the mainstream media partly or wholly owned by Yellow oligarchs and their cohorts, both local and foreign, are only too happy to publish Carpio’s imbecilic remarks.

Need we remind Digong he still has the overwhelming support of the Filipinos? Who would believe Carpio?

I say ignore him from now on!

Desperate Del Rosario
Another fellow who should be totally ignored henceforth is ex-foreign secretary Albert del Rosario of the unlamented PNoy Aquino regime.

Del Rosario has now resorted to peddling the implausible yarn Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal was lost because of China’s deceit. If that were so, surely it could only be part of the story.

Be as it may, we believe the administration should likewise start ignoring completely any statement del Rosario makes on the South China Sea dispute. The poor fellow has already long-lost credibility. As we said in a previous column, historical ignominy now awaits him.

Of course, the mainstream media are mostly controlled by Yellow oligarchs may be expected to continue pandering to Carpio and del Rosario for their vacuous statements and views. But who will believe them? The hoi polloi who constitutes more than two-thirds of the people who support Digong?

Stop referring to arbitral ruling
If we may further humbly suggest, the administration should also henceforth stop referring to the dead-in-the-water arbitral ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). As we have explained in this space several times before, the PCA totally ignored the conditio sine qua non for any arbitration case, i.e., both parties must agree and participate in it. China did not, thus making its ruling null and void ab initio.

Every time the administration refers to the ruling, it gives a certain amount of validity to the opposition’s claim it is a victory for us, thus contributing to the notion it is indeed valid.

The administration need not reject the ruling outright. Just stop mentioning it in its statements and instead refer to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), as well as other universally accepted principles of international law.

Seek US help?
Last week, we referred to a report of our Yellowtard and Amboy of an ambassador to Washington, Jose Manuel Romualdez, that the US is waiting for us to call for help in meeting the challenge of the presence of Chinese coast guard, militia and fishing ships in our territorial waters in the South China Sea.

To be honest, we are rather surprised nothing has been heard from the government or the opposition about it — whether to ask the US for help or reject the idea outright.

Why the seeming reticence on either side? We have an idea but we’d rather wait for some reaction from them.

Fake news?
There is a YouTube channel called “American patriot military” which regularly purveys astounding news, to say the least; complete with video clips.

We are looking at some of them right now (April 29, 2021) with their titles, which I copied verbatim. Each one had video illustrations:

1. “Brutal attack (April 29) 10 Philippine warships surround China maritime militia ships in West PH Sea,” 8K views, 1 day ago

2. “China shocked (April 29) US give Philippines 100 units of Apache and Viper and 200 Hellfire missiles,” 167K views, 2 weeks ago

3. “China panic (April 29) US give again 114 military vehicles to Philippines, China and Russia shocked,” 28K views, 2 weeks ago

4. “China angry (April 29) Philippines Coast Guard catch China vessel in Bataan, we are not afraid of the law,” 588K views, 1 month ago

5. “Brutal attack (April 29) Philippines attack Chinese fishing fleet built secretly to rob fish in PH sea,” 29K views, 3 weeks ago

6. “China panic (Apo. 29) US give the Philippines more military assets against China/pay for VFA,” 204K views, published on March 21, 2021

Another interesting item we saw on another YouTube channel called “US military developments” is one titled “Filipinos must see this! US supplies 30 newest fighter jets to Philippine/PH adds 5000 troops at sea,” 100K views, published on April 8, 2021.

Yet another item attributed to the same YouTube channel is “Dangerous! South Korea donates 20 largest fighter jets to PH Air Force amid sea feud with China,” 71K views, published on April 19, 2021.

Both items likewise had video illustrations.

Considering their high-level significance, it seems rather strange we have not heard or read anything about the above items in the mainstream media both here and abroad. Fake news? What do you think, dear reader?

In any case, we believe the authorities concerned should look into these matters and inform the Filipino people of the real lowdown on them.

Is China a peace-loving nation?
Also last week, we said it is our considered view the China of today is a peace-loving nation determined to pursue its present economic goals for the welfare of its people, rather than get involved in pursuits that might lead to military confrontation with other countries.

In reaction, Mr. Sluggo Rigor, a reader from the US, wrote:

“Thank you for sharing this wisdom-laden opinion column of yours, Amba Rey.

“Like you, I think China will not go to war unless in defense of its forces. My humble reading is they are helping Third World nations to eradicate poverty and build up poorer economies so they become future markets for China’s burgeoning industries.

“The Chinese Beltway initiative addressing poorer countries is a powerful international PR tool that can only come from a wise and practical Confucian thinking.

“Added food-for-thought shared by thinking observers and pundits in our community: There are Chinatowns in every major city in the world and they are generally peaceful and only business-oriented. China’s Great Wall has always been a symbol of protectionism instead of aggressiveness.

“Finally, more and more believe long before Western colonizers invaded our shores, early Filipinos had traded with China. There were occasional conflicts but history shows the Chinese were more interested in business and trading and inter-marriages.”