Senator Pimentel III to WPS detractors: ‘How can PH stop China when even US can’t?’ - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Senator Pimentel III to WPS detractors: ‘How can PH stop China when even US can’t?’



Senator Koko Pimentel / Photo from Philippine Star
PDP – Laban Party List President and Senator Koko Pimentel on Tuesday, defended the Duterte administration from critics, claiming it did NOTHING to justify ‘ownership’ in the West Philippine Sea following the recent survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS) supposedly showing that a majority of the Filipinos, equivalent to 84% are opposed to the government’s alleged ‘inaction’ towards the disputed seas.

In a statement, Pimentel insisted saying, “The government under President Duterte did something.”

“True, we failed to stop the militarization, but the US ALSO FAILED TO STOP IT,” Pimentel said through text to reporters.

“We are talking about militarization. If the US failed to stop it, do we really think the Philippines can stop the military maneuvering of a country the US cannot even stop?”, Pimentel quipped.

“So what did the Duterte admin do? We befriended China, our giant neighbor to the north, which fortunately also wants to befriend us,” the Senator said.
Senator Koko Pimentel / Photo from MSN.com
“Mag kaso tayo kung kailangan pero puede pa rin naman maging mga magkaibigan,” he added.

Public Interest

Despite ‘better sounding’ relations with Beijing, Pinoys still hold a negative impression towards China distinctively higher from among those who were aware that China created artificial Islands, which were turned into Military Bases.

In a series of survey conducted by SWS, China was rated “poor” during the September survey with -16 grade while rated as “bad” with a -35 grade in June. On the other hand, PUBLIC TRUST in China is positive in only 9 out of 47 surveys since SWS started its Survey in 1994.

As compared to China, the United States, the country’s long – time ally, kept a “very good” rating, which closed in on a +59, only 6 points behind from the last survey.

Meanwhile, a ‘Neutral Trust Rating’ was seen on countries like Japan, Malaysia, and Israel towards fair – sounding diplomacy.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping / Photo from VOA News
The nationwide poll was conducted through face – to – face interviews of 1,500 respondents with ages 18 years old and 

29 Deals Signed By Phils And China   
                                                                   
During Chinese President Xi Jin Ping’s state visit, Beijing and Manila both signed deals involving cooperation on oil and gas development, highlighting the growing cooperation between both countries under the Duterte administration.

Here’s the entire list of deals signed which Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi define as a “solution on how we can enjoy resources in the area” – referring to the West Philippine Sea:

1) Memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative;

2) MOU on cooperation on oil and gas development between the Philippines and China;

3) MOU between the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippines and the China Foreign Affairs University;

4) Executive program of the cultural agreement between the governments of the Philippines and China for 2019 to 2023;

5) MOU on basic education cooperation between the Department of Education and China’s Ministry of Education;

6) MOU between the Department of Information and Communication Technology and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China;

7) MOU between the Cooperative Development Authority of the Philippines and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China on strengthening the building of  agricultural cooperatives;

8) Infrastructure cooperation program between the Philippines and China;

9) Program for cooperation on industrial parks development between the Philippines and China;

10) 1Handover certificate of emergency humanitarian cash assistance between the Philippines and China;

11) MOU on jointly promoting the cooperation in key infrastructure projects in Davao region between the Philippines’ Department of Finance and Ministry of Commerce          of China;

12) Handover of certificate of humanitarian cash assistance between the governments of Philippines and China;

13) Implementation agreement of the feasibility study for Davao City Expressway project;

14) Implementation agreement of feasibility study for Panay-Guimaras-Negros islands bridges project;

15) MOU on renminbi clearing arrangement;

16) Protocol for phytosanitary requirement for export of fresh young coconuts from the Philippines to China between the DA of Phl and the General Administration of Customs of China and phytosanitary requirements for export of frozen fruits from the Philippines to China;

17) Agreement on economic and technical cooperation between the governments of the Philippines and China;

18) MOU on supporting feasibility study of nature projects between the Department of Finance and China International Development Cooperation Agency;

19) Exchange of letters on project of container inspection equipment;

20) Exchange of letters on project of Davao River Bridge Project;

21) Exchange of letters on China-aided bridge and road project in Marawi;

22) MOU on panda bonds issuance;

23) Loan agreement on New Centennial Water Source Kaliwa Dam Project;

24) Commercial contract of Safe Philippines Project Phase 1;

25) Commercial contract of the New Centennial Water Source Kaliwa Dam Project;

26) Framework agreement for industrial park between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and Gezhouba;

27) Contract for the project management consultancy of the Philippine National South Longhaul Project North-South Railway Project;

28) Letter of no objection to the organization of renminbi-Philippine peso foreign exchange trading market;

29) Certificate of authority to operate for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited Manila branch.

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Source: politics.com.ph