PH-China relations ‘restored to normalcy’ – Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2018   •   3427

 

(L-R) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Photo via RTVM

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is confident that bilateral cooperation between the Philippines and China is stronger and deeper with the two-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The President admits, however, that the two countries’ diplomatic ties have been affected by the Philippines’ dependency on the United States’ economic and political policies.

President Duterte said Xi’s visit is proof that both leaders have “restored the normalcy” that the Philippines used to have or have had with China.

“We agreed on a renewed bilateral relationship, signed some trade and commerce and for the first time China was buying everything from us. This relation plus of course the commitment of China to help in the industrialization of my country,” Duterte said.

He vows to do his part in maintaining the Philippines’ good relationship with China by strengthening people to people exchange and strengthening friendship.

“One is people to people actually. I’m sure China is very lenient in issuing visas for Filipinos intending to go [to China]. Second is that China is planning to hire Filipinos to work there. China has gone by leaps and bounds and at one time your demographic experts say that we need some land here but some factories, but we do not have enough manpower or expertise. And it has sounded off a plan to employ Filipinos that would greatly enhance our friendship, people to people, our national interest now,” he said.

Some experts agree that Xi’s visit indeed will bring positive results beneficial to the Filipino people.

“The Belt and Road is not the only initiative driving Chinese economic capital in the Philippines. It can be the Duterte-China relations. It could be the interest of Chinese firms to invest in the Philippines,” explained Alvin Camba, a Pre-Doctoral Fellow from the Global Development Policy Center.

“To elevate such bilateral relations, I think we should expect the materialization of some of the MOU’s and agreements that have been signed between the two countries,” said political analyst Li Meiting.

The two countries’ diplomatic ties turned cold when China began its activities in the disputed territory in the West Philippine Sea.

The atmosphere improved when Rodrigo Duterte became the President of the Philippine Republic. Just months after his election, President Duterte visited Beijing and returned home with billion of dollars-worth of investments and development aid. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Victor Cosare)

Duterte’s ‘shoot them dead’ order only aims to warn troublemakers —PNP

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 2, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday (April 2) said the ‘shoot them dead’ order of President Rodrigo Duterte was only a warning for lawless elements.

PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said the PNP is not taking the order literally.

“Iyong pahayag ng Pangulo ay magsisilbing babala lalo na sa mga magtatangka na gumawa ng karahasan, tiyak na ang parusa ng batas ay ipapataw sa iyo (The President’s statement serves as a warning to those who will attempt to cause violence, you will certainly face punishment from the law),” he said.

Banac said law-abiding residents have nothing to worry about because the PNP is always ready to serve the people.

“Ang ating batas ay nariyan para sa kabutihan ng lahat. At sinoman na lalabag ay mananagot sa batas. Ang PNP naman ay tagapagpatupad. Wala naman po dapat ipangamba dahil ang PNP ay kakampi at maglilingkod sa inyo (Our law is here for the good of everyone. And anyone who will violate the law will be accountable. The PNP implements the law. There is no need to worry because the PNP is an ally and will serve you),” Banac said.-AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Duterte: Pray for the gov’t, pray for the country

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 17, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte urges everyone to pray for the government and for the country after declaring an enhanced community quarantine in the entire Luzon on Monday (March 16).

In his speech, the President urges the public to follow the protocols given by the government under the enhanced community.

“I solemnly ask the public to pray to Almighty God who has the power to defeat any enemy: visible or invisible. Pray for all the doctors and health professionals. Pray for your government, pray for the country,” he said.

The Chief Executive also assured the public that the presence of the military and the police should not be feared since they are tasked to only execute orders.

He also clarified that individuals that will be arrested are only those who will forcefully violate the protocols.

“Do not quarrel with the military. Disobedience to authority and acts of public disturbance, you can be arrested. Sumunod lang kayo at wala tayong problema (Follow the law and we will have no problem),” he said.

“Sa panahong ito, ang kalaban natin ay ang sakit na COVID-19. Lahat tayo ay sundalo sa digmaang ito [kontra COVID-19] (At these times, our enemy is the COVID-19. All of us are soldiers in this war against COVID-19),” Duterte said. — AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte urges employers to release pro-rated 13th month pay amid COVID-19 crisis

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 16, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to employers on Monday (March 16) to help their employees financially survive the “enhanced community quarantine” imposed on the entire Luzon region due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Maybe you can consider [paying] the 13th month pay, or kalahati sa sweldo nila (or half of their salary), as a way showing your solidarity for the Filipino at this critical time,” he said during his address to the nation after declaring the lockdown.

The President also called on big companies including the Ayala Corporation, San Miguel Corporation, to help alleviate the burden caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

“I’d like to address iyong mga mayayaman, the Ayala’s, big companies like Robinsons, you might be able to alleviate the situation by understanding the plight of workers who are not working now,” he said.

The memorandum on enhanced community quarantine also states that “Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies and export-oriented industries must provide appropriate temporary accommodation arrangements by 18 March 2020, and that a skeletal work force shall be implemented.” — AAC

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