Global stance against Chinese aggression, Duterte now PUI (presidency under isolation)

Global stance against Chinese aggression, Duterte now PUI (presidency under isolation)

Manila, Philippines – As powerful countries in Europe, Asia and Australia expressed sustained criticisms against China, particularly against its preposterous claim in the South China Sea, it is apparent that the Duterte presidency is becoming more isolated in the international community. Last September 16, the United Kingdom, France and Germany issued a note verbal opposing the Chinese “nine-dash line” claim and that it does not comply with international laws and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS). It added that the historic decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in July 2016 confirmed this.

“Major bloc countries in the world are now rising up against the bullish taking over of the South China sea and Philippine exclusive economic zone and territories. This is a clear message that they are not pleased with the Duterte appeasement or surrender policy to China. The government should start overhauling their policy to China, or face the consequence of its continued puppetry,” Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao, Anakpawis Party-list former representative said in a press statement.

He highlighted that the issue of South China Sea now involved powerful countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany; while in Asia, Taiwan and Japan are also on vigilant guard against Chinese aggression. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam are all opposing Chinese aggression in the region.

Moreover, he cited that China is also up against India’s opposition on its border row in Kashmir and banning of its mobile technologies in relation to espionage. Likewise, the US and Australia has also banned Chinese technologies. Australia also blamed China for the COVID-19 pandemic and suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong brought about by the latter’s National Security Law.

“If we are to map countries those against the Chinese aggression in the region, it would only be the Philippines under Duterte who is adopting a contrasting policy. This is the height abnormality, to the point of surrendering national sovereignty on territories and sovereign rights over our EEZs,” the former lawmaker slammed.

He added that the Duterte regime should also worry about the US backlash on its facilitation of the entry of the Dito Telecommunity inside the very military installations. Its parent company is the China Telecommunications Corporation under the Chinese State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC).

“If Duterte thinks he could outwit and please the US with his pardoning of convicted killer Joseph Scott Pemberton, he is dead wrong, as the superpower lost its geo-political dominance in the South China Sea, courtesy of his surrender policy to China. No numerous cases of pardoning US soldiers could offset that. He only hit himself with another rock by exposing himself as anti-Filipino and anti-justice,” he stressed.

Finally, he noted that the European Union’s (EU) denunciation of attacks on human rights and press freedom is now putting the very economic interest of sectors, as EU parliament members are threatening to revoke the country’s zero tariff privileges on Filipino goods. The Philippines’ Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) scheme provides duty-free entry for 6,200 products that include fruits, animal and vegetable fat, textile, footwear, vehicle parts, and metals. This incentive is under the condition of ratification of the 27 core international conventions on human and labor rights, environmental protection, and good governance. The body also monitors the “effective implementation” of these conventions under the UN system.

“It is clear that the Duterte presidency is under isolation or PUI, brought about by self-isolation to be precised. First and foremost, the Filipino people, the very victims, must rise up against the regime’s anti-people and anti-Filipino policies, amid the global criticisms against the surrender of national sovereignty and attacks on human rights,” he ended. ###

Joint Note Verbale of UK, Germany and France

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