Malacanang: Critics using anti-China card vs. Duterte admin

Malacanang: Critics using anti-China card vs. Duterte admin

Malacanang has slammed the critics of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte using “anti-China card” to destabilize the current administration.
A recent survey showed that most Filipinos doubted China’s good intentions for Filipinos as “political propaganda.”
“The President’s ardent critics and detractors have become desperate in employing its anti-China card against the Duterte administration,” said Presidential Spokesperson  Atty.Salvador Panelo in a statement.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and China's President Xi Jinping (photo credit to Presidential Photos)

Social Weather Survey (SWS) 4th Quarter 2018 found that 44 percent of Filipinos disagree with the statement, “Most of what the Chinese government wants to happen in the Philippines is good for the Filipinos.
On the other hand, the survey showed that 27 percent agree with the statement, and 29 percent are undecided about the matter.
Atty. Salvador said the administrations detractors are again sowing hatred against the policies of President Duterte as regards to its relations with China after “two unsuccessful attempts” -- the China debt trap scare tactics and the International Criminal Court (ICC) case filed by two former Palace officials against Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Atty Panelo notes that contrary to the survey results, the 44 percent figure “is not actually a figure representing a majority”.
“While we note that 27 percent of adult Filipino respondents believe that most of what the Chinese government wants to happen in the Philippines are good for the Filipinos, we also understand that there is a higher percentage, 29 percent, who remain undecided about the matter,” Panelo said.
The Presidential Spokesperson, meanwhile, said he believed Filipinos would have a “change of heart” once ties between the Philippines and China start to show positive economic results.
“We are seeing that there would be a change of hearts and minds from those undecided and even those who disagree -- whom we believe are used to the United States as our long-standing ally - once our enhanced ties with China start to yield positive economic results,” Panelo said.

Filipinos deeper understanding

Panelo said there should be a change in mindset and  information should be sent better to all Filipinos to understand the need to expand our existing relations outside the Philippine’s traditional allies, such as the United States and  Japan.
This way, the Presidential Spokesperson said, Filipinos would have a “deeper understanding” of why the President has chosen to trust China’s sincerity.
“With such mindset, they will realize that all these policies of the Administration are intended not for any foreign race or nationality but for the sole benefit of the Filipino people,” Panelo said.

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Report from  PNA

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