PH-China relations ‘restored to normalcy’ – Duterte

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2018   •   3842

 

(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)

NCR remains under GCQ with heightened restrictions until August 15

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the extension of general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR) until August 15, 2021.

The approval was based on the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) given the current COVID-19 situation in the country.

“Ginusto man niyo o hindi kailangan  itong ganitong patakaran for you to survive; para mabuhay kayo. As shown with what is happening in other countries, there is really a pandemic in the true sense of the word in Indonesia, India and Thailand,” the President said during the televised meeting on Wednesday (July 28).

The following quarantine classifications take effect in the following areas:

Enhanced Community Quarantine (August 1 – August 7)
Iloilo City
Cagayan de Oro
Gingoog City

Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (August 1 – August 15)
Ilocos Norte
Bataan
Lapu-Lapu City
Mandaue City

General Community Quarantine  with heightened restrictions (August 1- August 15)
National Capital Region
Ilocos Sur
Cagayan
Bulacan
Laguna
Lucena city
Cavite
Rizal
Naga City
Antique
Aklan
Bacolod City
Capiz
Negros oriental
Zamboanga del sur
Misamis Oriental
Davao City
Davao del Norte
Davao de Oro
Davao Occidental
Butuan City

General Community Quarantine  (August 1 – August 31)
Baguio City
Apayao
City of Santiago, Isabela
Nueva Vizcaya
Quirino
Quezon
Batangas
Puerto princesa
Guimaras
Negors occidental
Zamboanga Del Norte
Zamboanga Sibugay
City of Zamboanga
Davao Oriental
Davao Del Sur
General Santos City
Sultan Kudarat
Sarangani
North cotabato
South cotabato
Caraga
Agusan del norte
Surigao del norte
Agusan del sur
Dinagat islands
Surigao del sur
BARMM
Cotabato

Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ)
The rest of the country

Duterte maintains approval and trust ratings lead — PUBLiCUS Asia

Maris Federez   •   July 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval and trust ratings had a “sizeable” drop in the recent PUBLiCUS Asia survey.

Duterte’s approval rating dropped to 58 percent, a seven percent decline from this year’s first-quarter survey of 65 percent.

His trust rating also slid to 50 percent from the previous 55 percent.

Despite the decline in the said ratings, however, the president still maintained a good lead among top government officials.

“While it is a sizable drop for both approval and trust ratings, President Duterte still leads the top five government officials with a total approval rating of 58 percent and a total trust rating of 50 percent,” PUBLiCUS said in a statement.

The survey said the Build, Build, Build program was the most popular project during the President’s term, followed by the Bayanihan laws and the campaign against illegal drugs. The Universal Health Care Act was a distant third.

The Anti-Terrorism Act was cited as a top 3 project by over a fifth of respondents.

Overall, the Duterte administration has passing (on or above 6) marks in all areas except promoting human rights (5.86) and managing inflation (5.82), the report said.

Other areas include infrastructure development, taking care of overseas Filipino workers, providing public education, peace in Mindanao, anti-terrorism, crime reduction and law enforcement, providing public health services, national government response to Covid-19, food security, economic development, poverty reduction, job generation, dealing with corruption, foreign affairs, and energy security.

Meanwhile, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo had an approval rating of 32 percent and a trust rating of 24 percent.

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd, on the other hand, received an approval rating of 38 percent with a trust rating of 23 percent, while Speaker Lord Allan Velasco got a 24-percent approval rating and a 14-percent trust rating.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo had an approval rating of 26 percent and a trust rating of 15 percent.

The PUBLiCUS Asia survey was conducted among 1,500 respondents, from July 13 to 19. —/mbmf

Filipinos want to hear about jobs, economy, inflation in Duterte’s last SONA — Pulse Asia

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Among the top issues that Filipinos want to hear during President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) are jobs, economy, and inflation according to the recent Pulse Asia Survey.

According to the June 2021 Nationwide Survey on SONA, topping the list of issues that Filipino adults would like to hear President Duterte discuss in his last SONA are jobs or livelihood (38%) and the Philippine economy (35%).

Other issues include measures to control inflation (33%) and plans to expedite the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program (31%).

Filipinos also want to hear about increasing workers’ pay (26%), improving the educational system (26%), and measures to be taken to prevent further Chinese incursion into the country’s territory in the West Philippine Sea (25%).

Meanwhile, a big majority of Filipino adults (69%) have heard, read, or watched any of the past SONAs delivered by President Rodrigo R. Duterte before Congress.

Awareness is more notable in Metro Manila (83%) and Mindanao (87%) than in the rest of Luzon (55%) and the Visayas (62%).

The nationwide survey is based on a sample of 2,400 representative adults 18 years old and above conducted from June 7 – 16, 2021 using face-to-face interviews. AAC

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