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Monday, November 26, 2018



Lawyer bombards Alejano: His brain has not evolved enough to understand complexities of diplomatic intercourse!



Atty. Bruce Rivera and Magdalo Party-List Rep. Gary Alejano, photo from UNTV and GMA News
Following the recent remark of Gary Alejano regarding the encounter of the team of Reporter's Notebook in Panatag Shoal or the disputed territory on West Philippine Sea, is Atty. Rivera's fierce response.

The Bedan lawyer, BolJak host, prominent Facebook personality, and one of the most vocal supporters of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, took the liberty to retaliate on the Magdalo Party-List representative's provocative assertion.


Friendship Made In China?

Based on Alejano's statement as posted by News5 on Facebook, the strong critic of the Duterte administration seem to question the friendship between the Philippines and China. This, after the Chinese officials who were guarding the disputed islands did not allow the Filipino reporters to conduct an interview.

The event prompted the anti-Duterte representative to say:

"Nilalatagan natin ang China ng red carpet, habang sila naman ay pinalalayas tayo sa ating teritoryo. Ganyan ba ang pagkakaibigan? That area [Panatag Shoal] is within our country's jurisdiction. Bakit Pilipino ang pinagbabawalan doon? I condemn this illegal action, yet again, by the Chinese Coast Guard against our people."

The Backlash

In return, the fearless lawyer fired back at the opposition official through a Facebook post by lecturing him regarding what transpired during the attempt of the Reporter's Notebook team.

"While it is unfortunate what happened to Reporter's Notebook in Panatag Shoal, let me tell you what is the real concept of diplomacy", the lawyer started adding that, for him, its real concept means restraint, compromise, courtesy, and even 'avoiding any act of provocation'.

Provocative

Taking into consideration our country's right on the said territories, Atty. Rivera pointed out that we indeed have 'jurisdiction and it is our territory', but we need not to taunt China by conducting an interview with the fishermen during the state visit of the China's President, Xi Jinping.

"President Xi will only be in Manila for two days. Is it too much to ask for everyone to just be cordial and non-abrasive for the duration of the state visit? Yes, we have jurisdiction and it is our territory but do we really have to taunt China by interviewing fishermen in potential flashpoint areas during his state visit to the Philippines", he said.

Saving Face?

Explaining the behavior of China (for Rivera), he wrote "China is a proud nation and a proud people. They will never admit they are wrong. The act of proposing joint exploration is a way of saving face and tantamount to a subtle admission that we have a better right. However, if we rub it in their faces and provoke them, they might just change their minds and return to the hardline stance".

Fuel To The Fire

According to the same lawyer, the attitude of the Magdalo Party-List representative, along with the 'insensitivity' of the media to situations as delicate as that in Panatag Shoal may actually add fuel to the fire.

"It took a lot of diplomacy to soften their stance but Alejano's attitude as well as the insensitivity of the reporters to the delicate situation may trigger a return to the hardline stance", Atty. Rivera stated.

Alejano's Brain

Hitting hard on the unwaring Duterte critic, the brave lawyer mentioned that Alejano's brain 'has not evolved enough' to comprehend the diplomatic intercourse which is certainly complex.

"So, when politicians like Alejano, whose brain has not evolved enough to understand the complexities of diplomatic intercourse will make such scathing remarks, albeit having some hint of truth, is not helping the cause", the pro-Duterte lawyer said.
Photo from Rappler
Lawyer's Unsolicited Advice

As Rep. Gary Alejano is running for Senator under the Liberal Party slate, Atty. Rivera gave the former an unsolicited advice to which he might benefit from.

"Sir, if you want to be Senator, you should at least know that in international relations, the modicum of behaviour is tact and restraint", he told the representative.

Burned To The Core

Before the lawyer concluded his sentiments on Facebook post against Alejano's remark, he expressed his disappointment to the said representative due to his way of thinking: to immediately attack, as Atty. Rivera sees it.

For the Boljak host, such mindset is 'an impulse of a wild animal' rather than a trained fighter who thinks before he strikes.

"Lastly, as a soldier, I am quite disappointed that your instinct is to immediately attack. That is an impulse of a wild animal and not of a trained fighter. A fighter thinks before it strikes", the lawyer slash host concluded.

Read the complete Facebook post of Atty. Bruce Rivera below:

REPLYING TO ALEJANO

While it is unfortunate what happened to Reporter's Notebook in Panatag Shoal, let me tell you what is the real concept of diplomacy. It means restraint. It means compromise. It means courtesy. It means avoiding any act of provocation.

President Xi will only be in Manila for two days. Is it too much to ask for everyone to just be cordial and non-abrasive for the duration of the state visit? Yes, we have jurisdiction and it is our territory but do we really have to taunt China by interviewing fishermen in potential flashpoint areas during his state visit to the Philippines.

China has already went down its hard stance and decided to have joint exploration when in the past it has insisted ownership over these areas. The implication is that, albeit slowly, they are admitting that we have a better right to these islands because why propose a joint exploration if they own it. And China can claim or annex any territory if it really wanted to and the UN is virtually powerless to stop it. Paging Tibet? It can even force its people to resettle in a territory it wants to overpower culturally. Proof is the relocation of millions of Han Chinese to Urumqi so they will outnumber the Muslim Uighyars.

China is a proud nation and a proud people. They will never admit they are wrong. The act of proposing joint exploration is a way of saving face and tantamount to a subtle admission that we have a better right. However, if we rub it in their faces and provoke them, they might just change their minds and return to the hardline stance. We had the ruling during PNoys term but China just built and fortified more and more. No amount of protestations could stop them. It took a lot of diplomacy to soften their stance but Alejano's attitude as well as the insensitivity of the reporters to the delicate situation may trigger a return to the hardline stance.

And China can do so. It can just stall the agreement or worst, use any of our actions as a justification to renege on its earlier promise. Admittedly, it took a lot of humble pie for a superpower to propose a joint exploration on a disputed area when clearly they have the capacity to do the explorations themselves and keep us in the dark. How will we ever know if they already have done it or if they will be doing it. So, when politicians like Alejano, whose brain has not evolved enough to understand the complexities of diplomatic intercourse will make such scathing remarks, albeit having some hint of truth, is not helping the cause.

Sometimes, even when the master of the house is the most cordial, it is the obnoxious bark of the untrained house dog that can put off a visitor. Sir, if you want to be Senator, you should at least know that in international relations, the modicum of behaviour is tact and restraint.


Lastly, as a soldier, I am quite disappointed that your instinct is to immediately attack. That is an impulse of a wild animal and not of a trained fighter. A fighter thinks before it strikes.
Photo credits to the owner
Meanwhile, below is the photo from News5 reflecting the statement of the Senate hopeful official:

Source: Bruce V. Rivera

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