A DEEPER VIEW
By JESSE E.L. BACON II
As if it’s not enough that he cowers in fear at the prospects of him standing up to China for its unabated incursion into our territory in the West Philippine Sea, President Duterte unleashed another startling yet revolting revelation that Chinese President Xi Jinping has assured him he will not be ousted from office during his term.
This is one revelation that is pregnant with so many admissions albeit impliedly.
The first admission is that China must have played an indispensable role in Duterte’s election to office hence his seeming reluctance and apparent avoidance to call China for its incursion even if the international arbitral court in The Hague had already ruled clearly in our favor in regard our claim over the West Philippine Sea.
This behavior of Duterte could be likened to US President Donald Trump’s avoidance to call if not condemn Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election that saw him beat Democrat Hillary Clinton, the favored candidate to win.
The second admission that can be deduced from Duterte’s startling revelation is that since it was China who helped him win, it is only China also that has the power to oust him from office. And without China’s tacit approval, he can never be ousted from the presidency until perhaps his term ends.
If this is not the height of vassalage, pray tell what is.
But Malacanang on Wednesday tried to deflect the negative impact of Duterte’s startling revelation. In a statement it clarified the vow of China could only be considered a form of interference in our internal affairs if such is not welcomed by us.
What was not clarified, however, if such interference by China was welcomed by the Filipino people or by the beneficiary of that promised protection, Duterte, and his minions only? While it may be true that Duterte is President of this country, he is not constitutionally vested with any power to commit the country to become a vassal of a foreign country.
It may come as very appeasing to Duterte Xi’s commitment to protect him from being ousted. This commitment, however, is not for the Chinese premiere to make unless we now accept our vassalage to China.
From where I sit, I could still vividly remember that Duterte was voted to office by 15 million Filipinos in an election conducted freely by the Philippine Commission on Elections. Unless we are now changing the narrative to the effect that the 2016 elections was not truly free for it was held with China orchestrating Duterte’s win, the entire country will remain startled by Duterte’s revelation.
What makes this presidential revelation so painful is the fact that we been successfully manipulated to believe that we have put into office somebody who has the courage and guts to be a man of his own. His revelation, on the other hand, unmasked his true nature of being weak despite all his public projections of being strong.
Why will he proudly announce to all and sundry such startling revelation that only resulted in his being exposed as not the man he is projecting himself to be if there is no truth to it? What will he gain out of it?
Every Filipino desires their country to be a friend to every neighbor in the region. But no one wants the Philippines to be a vassal to any foreign country hence its record of patriotism where Filipinos bravely shed their blood to earn their independence. (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org)
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