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MCentaur

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Duterte to China: "Don't touch Pagasa Island"
« on: April 06, 2019, 10:31:24 PM »
How quickly he changed his tune...but his supporters will spin this as his being "defiant" against China. Pffffft!  ::) ::) ::)

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Duterte asks China: Don’t touch Pag-asa Island
Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - April 6, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Deviating from his usual tone of appeasement, President Duterte has asked the Chinese not to occupy Pag-asa Island or risk starting a war.

While the Philippines remains friends with China, Duterte stressed he would not allow the Chinese to occupy Pag-asa in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG).
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Duterte lauded for stance on Pag-asa Island
Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) - April 7, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario welcomed President Duterte’s pronouncement that he will not allow the Chinese to occupy the Philippine-controlled Pag-asa Island in the disputed West Philippine Sea.

“On his recently stated position regarding the Philippine defense of Pag-asa, our President is manifesting his own brand of leadership which in this instance is both appropriate and admirable,” Del Rosario said in a text message to The STAR.

“Let us all be one in standing behind him,” he added.

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Re: Duterte to China: "Don't touch Pagasa Island"
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2019, 10:45:37 AM »
He had no choice but to say that during Election season not because Opposition has been very vocal in stance against territorial incursions by China and their spreading influence. He is more afraid of those populist "Independents" (eg:  Grace Poe, the Villars, the Angaras, the Villanuevas, Tito Sotto and the Makabayan Bloc) who are nominally members of or are in coalition with his parties (PDP Laban and HNP), command the top spots in the Senatorial pre-election polls and will switch sides without batting an eyelash when they sense a change in direction in the wind and their chances for re-election are at stake.

Duterte thinks he can easily put his thumb down on the Opposition using the usual bully pulpit, trollshitting and legal strongarming tactics. However, the wilder card would be along his flanks.