Since Duterte rose to power in 2016 and then later after his trip to China – he suddenly switched sides by declaring his full commitment in stronger ties with China.
Also, along with that, is Duterte’s deliberate refusal to uphold the most recent arbitration ruling that gives the Philippines the legal backing it needs to push China back to the diplomatic table and give up its stolen fortresses in the West Philippine Sea.
Many were not so happy about this decision – including myself. Having been one of Duterte’s supporters during the height of the Presidential campaign in 2016. His promise to strengthen our military defenses in order to better counter China’s brazen harassment of poor Filipino fishermen and Filipino Coast Guard ships merely operating within our own Exclusive Economic Zone as mandated by UNCLOS which ironically China is also a signatory.
Unfortunately, this did not come into fruition as he then quickly back-pedals on his defiant tone against China and then later reneged from his iconic promise of riding a ”Jetski” to Scarborough Shoal and then symbolically plant the Philippine flag there.
Later, he went on praising China and has inked many onerous dealings with them which resulted to a possible surrender of our patrimonial assets should in the event that we are unable to pay up with China’s exorbitant infrastructure loans under its belt and road initiative which until now hasn’t really achieved anything and has since been below schedule.
So what’s the catch? Duterte’s enjoying all the generous finder fees, kickbacks and most of the infrastructure projects under DPWH which were marred with corruption and bribery with many have yet even been completely built but were seen to be cracking up and failing with one crashing down after it caught fire from a nearby building.
Also, those projects give him all the power he needs to bribe and push lawmakers to do his bidding.
So the Duterte govt and China were now clearly inseparable partners in crime. Just like Gloria Macapagal Arroyo before him – who has pocketed billions from the botched National Broadband project with China in exchange of giving them JMSU (Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking) which resulted to China legally exploring Scarborough Shoal and then later occupied it.
Both shared the same level of greed and shamelessness that they’d rather give in to China’s demands in exchange of wealth, power and influence. Even if that doesn’t serve the best interest of the people whom they took an oath to protect and uphold in the first place.
As our relationship with China continues to deepen. So does the massive numbers of Chinese immigrants flooding the country from mainland China. Many of them were undocumented workers competing in the local job market and stealing jobs from ordinary Filipinos. Despite the protests, the people’s demands fell in deaf ears.
Many local businesses were closing down due to the upsurge of Chinese tenants engaged in online-gambling or POGO that directly affects the prices of rent in many apartment buildings, condos and commercial spaces in the country.
I don’t wish to spread xenophobic sentiments whatsoever. But the most pressing issue that we should really really be concerned about is that the possibility that these people from China were not only capable of stealing our jobs but also the fact that they can easily overpower us and stir discord to implode our political system from within.
China has bigger plans for the country. This meant that they’ll stop at nothing to ensure that the Duterte dynasty will flourish on and continue on for many years up until the time that China can take away our islands piece by piece under outrageously onerous government dealings that is stiffly in favor of the Chinese government.
So in order to do just that – the Chinese government needs to send its armed operatives to take root and gradually undermine the nation’s solidarity. This is a strategy known to as ”fifth column”.
Fifth column is a clandestine group of subversive agents who attempt to undermine a nation’s solidarity by any means at their disposal. The term is conventionally credited to Emilio Mola Vidal, a Nationalist general during the Spanish Civil War (1936–39). As four of his army columns moved on Madrid, the general referred to his militant supporters within the capital as his “fifth column,” intent on undermining the loyalist government from within.
A cardinal technique of the fifth column is the infiltration of sympathizers into the entire fabric of the nation under attack and, particularly, into positions of policy decision and national defense. From such key posts, fifth-column activists exploit the fears of a people by spreading rumours and misinformation, as well as by employing the more standard techniques of espionage and sabotage.
The large number of undocumented Chinese immigrants seems to mean something else other than solely POGO operations. This could be a de-facto invasion by an army of military-aged operatives. As Anders Corr noted in his Facebook post that many of the Chinese men riding in tinted vans appeared to be of military stature and some were even seen wielding guns at malls and even in hotel lobbies.
From this seemingly questionable scenarios. What if these men were really military operatives? How far they can go to undermine the fabric of Philippine society? How can they do it?
The question is hard to answer at that time but then an incident happened in Makati City that will soon re-affirm our fears. In the night of February 29 in the VIP section of the restaurant in Bel Air around 10 p.m. A Chinese man was shot by his another group of Chinese men which were later identified and arrested by the Makati Police.
Until now, it is still unknown what were the assailants motives in killing the man. However, a particular piece of document were taken by the investigators from the two Chinese suspects which will surely piqued your interest.
These are PLA (People’s Liberation Army) identification cards which meant that these Chinese nationals were soldiers of the Chinese Communist Party. Perhaps, operating clandestinely within the Philippines.
The Makati police said two ID cards belonging to the same person and three pistols — one 9mm and two .45-caliber — were found among the belongings of the suspects.
One could only imagine if those thousands of Chinese immigrants posing as POGO workers were actually military men – capable of organizing political sabotage and other nefarious activities to undermine nation security in favor of China or its puppet President Duterte. Then surely, the Philippines is in a very grave situation.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former national police chief, said the presence of PLA members in the country “should be a cause for concern.”
“That may confirm a yet unvalidated report that a good number of PLA members are on immersion mission in several parts of the country although the reason for it is still unclear,”
If the Philippines continues to allow these things to go unchecked then surely Duterte’s dream of a Chinese controlled Philippines would surely our grim future. Of course, that really is in the hands of every ordinary Juan.
Would you let them?