President Rodrigo Duterte’s resolution to cancel his go to to one of many islands within the disputed Spratlys group within the South China Sea shows China is nonetheless the boss there, broadcaster Korina Sanchez stated.
In her April 19 column for the Pilipino Star Ngayon tabloid, Sanchez stated Duterte would have made assertion if he pushed via along with his plan to go to Kalayaan Island on Independence Day to plant the Philippine flag.
“Napakaganda sana ng simbolo kung natuloy ang plano ni Duterte. Araw ng Kalayaan ay nasa Kalayaan Island para itaas ang bandila,” she stated.
“Pero naging malinaw kung sino ang masusunod ngayon sa karagatan. Kapag sila ang naglagay ng kagamitang militar at sandata sa mga isla, walang makapagrereklamo. Tayo, bandila lang, isyu na,” Sanchez added.
While Kalayaan is a part of Palawan, the broadcaster stated China should have frowned upon Duterte’s deliberate go to as a result of it is going to have an effect on their declare on the island– not less than within the public’s eye.
“Ang ayaw ng China ay gawing ‘opisyal’ ang pag-aangkin ng Kalayaan, sa pamamagitan ng pagpunta ng pinakamataas na opisyal ng bansa, dahil magmumukhang mahina na ang kanilang pag-aangkin sa isla. Tandaan na ang China ay inaangkin ang mga isla sa South China Sea, kahit sino pang bansa ang may tauhan o sundalo nang nakadestino,” she stated.
In a speech earlier than the Filipino neighborhood in Saudi Arabia final week, Duterte stated he is not pushing via along with his plan to plant a flag on Kalayaan Island in consideration of the nation’s friendship with China.
“I will not go to any of the islands. Maybe I will send my son, just to show that our claim is clearly good for all generations of Filipinos,” he stated.