Does China have a â€œManchurian candidate,Â Â Pinoy version, forÂ theÂ 2016 presidential elections?
Thatâ€™s a lilft from earlier movies on brainwashed former prisoners-of-war who mrophedÂ into stalking horses for their captors.
Cambodia Â played that puppet role when it chaired the ASEAN summit. It tried to rig Â the final communique into endorsement for Beijingâ€™s claims,. President Benigo AquinoÂ protested. And for the first time since itâ€™s orgainzatiion, ASEAN adjourned withoutÂ a final comminque.
In April 2014, the Aquino government lodged protests in the United Nations that China was engaged in massive land reclamation activities in Philippine waters. That included the Mabini Reef.
Beneath Philippine shoals, are billions of barrels of, oil. So, China wants aÂ pliant candidate to win the May 2016 polls, , writesÂ Rodel E. RodisÂ jouranlist and educator,
Rodis wrote â€œTelltale Signsâ€ column in California and Philippine papers.. He served as President of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Community College District .
In 2014,Â the then mint-newÂ Chinese ambassador to the Philippines Zhao JianhuaÂ hosted dinner at his Makati residence for the Binays. â€œThe smart money is betting Vice President Jejomar â€œJojoâ€ Binay will be that candidate.Â , writesÂ Rodis
Days later, BinayÂ declared,Â on a Visayan radio station,Â Â that ifÂ elected president , heâ€™d back Chinaâ€™s call for â€œbilateral talksâ€ to resolve the territorial dispute. He peddledÂ Â engaging in â€œjoint Â venturesâ€ with China. And his staffÂ Â plastered media with press releases.
However, the latest Â Social Weather Station survey, spanning late DecemberÂ through January 2014,Â found::Â An overwhelming majorityÂ ( 93 percentÂ ) ofÂ Filipinos back the governmentâ€™s efforts to defend the national territoryâ€ against China.Â Two plus two equals four . MajorityÂ wouldÂ spurnÂ Â Â Â a Pinoy clone of Â the Â â€œ Manchurian candidateâ€
Binayâ€™s net satisfaction rating continued to slump, posting its lowest since he assumed office in 2010â€ SWS reported. . In March 2014 BinayÂ racked up +73 percent.Â It has plummeted since Â toÂ Â +31 percent. -â€“ andÂ isÂ still skidding. Dissatisfied survey respondents bolted to 28 percent from last quarterâ€™s 20 percent.
In contrast, he neophyte SenatorÂ Grace Poe Llamanzaresâ€™ Â rankingÂ surgedÂ Â fromÂ 10%Â to 18% in the survey. . â€œShe is the biggest beneficiary of Binayâ€™s decline in numbers.â€
Sen. Poe said she was â€œhumbledâ€ by the SWS survey,Â â€œIÂ view it asÂ positive appreciation and validation by a good number of our countrymen of my work within and prior to the survey period,â€ Poe said
â€œIt inspires me that our people approve of what I have been doing,â€ she said. And Â I will continue to do what I think is right and for the best interest of our countrymen,â€ she said.
Senator Poe appreciated former President, and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Â for saying heâ€™d Â Â chooseÂ her over Vice President r Binay in case they both run for presidency in 2016. â€œEh, bahala na siya,â€ Erap said.
Poe has so far, balked at seeking the presidency.. Â But certain quarters areÂ pushing for a Poe to team up withÂ Â Rep.Leni Robredo, widow of the late DILG secretary Jesse Roberdo, to form a tandem in 2016, Rappler reports.
Binay pooh-poohed the Aquino administrationâ€™s lodging a claim againstÂ Â China with the UN International Tribunal of Law of the Sea. Â No point, he said in a radio interview. . Â China will not abide by the decision, Â Binay Â claimed.Â All China has to do is wait a month after the expected adverse UN tribunalâ€™s decision.
â€œAndÂ will the Philippine claim will be, withdrawn, if Binay ever makes it to Malacanang? , Rodel asks. That would mean he accepts China’s position: BeijingÂ Â Â has â€œindisputable sovereigntyâ€ over almostÂ the entire South China Sea
China’s foreign ministry said, on Tuesday, Â that it was “extremely concerned” after leaders of Southeast Asian countries expressed worry about land reclamation and navigational freedom in the disputed South China Sea.
AfterÂ their Â summit in Kuala Lumpu, the 10-member ASEAN protested: : Chinaâ€™s Â reclamation work “eroded trust and confidence and may undermine peace, security and stability in the South China Sea”.
In Beijing, aÂ Foreign Ministry spokesman said that China was “extremely concerned” over. The ASEANÂ stance. â€œChina has exercised extreme restraint,” he said, repeating that China believed the dispute should be resolved via direct talks between the claimants.There were no problems with freedom of navigation in the waters
Tell that to Binay.Â For now, he peddles â€œjoint ventures.â€in accordance with the Philippine lawâ€Â ButÂ China assertsÂ that it should be their laws that should apply.”
Itâ€™dÂ be unconstitutional for anybody, let alone Binay , to give China any control over Philippine shoals and the oil and natural gas underneath them. Aâ€œjoint ventureâ€ with China requires the venture must be under the â€œfull control and supervisionâ€ of the Philippines.
Will a â€œPresidentâ€ . Binay protectÂ rcoral reefs of the Philippines?
Surveillance photos taken by Philippine Air Force jets confirm that China is building military bases on at least seven of the Philippine shoals including one on Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef) . This is only 85 miles from Palawan.
Not aÂ peep from Binay on just .exactly on how a heâ€™d â€œâ€œfaithfully upholdâ€ the Philippine Constitution?Â Will he? OrÂ is he still smarting from being totally ignored in Jakarta after President AquinoÂ secured consent to spare aÂ Filipina maid from firing squad execution. ####