Robredo questions PH true relations with China under Duterte Admin

Robredo questions PH true relations with China under Duterte Admin

The Vice President would really like to know the true status of the bilateral relations that exist between the country and the Philippines.

Vice President Leni Robredo in her weekly radio program questions the relationship that exist between the two nations as China continues its aggressive expansion in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) last week filed two diplomatic protest against the Asian giant, 1. For its declaration of two new districts in the disputed area making it part of the Hainan province and the 2, pointing of its radar gun against a Philippine Navy vessel BRP Conrado Yap while patrolling inside territorial waters.

Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo
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Amid the health crisis brought about by the novel coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19, the Chinese aggressions in the WPS have caused the Vice President to cause doubts on China’s true intentions.

“Sinasabi natin na kaibigan natin, pero ‘di ba kapag magkaibigan kayo, nagrerespetuhan? Marami silang ginagawa na disrespect sa sovereignty ng bansa natin. So iyong tanong: Iyan ba ang kaibigan?” Robredo said.

(We’re saying that they are our friends. But friends respect each other, right? They are doing plenty of disrespectful actions violating our sovereignty. The question is: Is that what you call a friend?)

“Sana mas maging consistent tayo, mas maging consistent na kung may kasalanan na ginagawa sa atin, iparamdam natin. iparamdam natin iyong pagprotesta natin, para respetuhin tayo. Kasi kung… kung… parang sinasantabi lang natin, lalo tayong hindi rerespetuhin,” Robredo said.

(I hope we’ll be more consistent. If they did something wrong to us, we should make our protest felt, so that we will gain their respect. Because if we downplay it, they would disrespect us even more.)

While the Vice President said the Duterte government is not entirely transparent with is relationship with China, she commends the diplomatic protests filed by the DFA.

“Mabuti naman na mayroong diplomatic protest, kasi ito iyong naging isyu for some time noong mga nakaraan, ‘di ba? Na ang daming violation sa sovereignty, parang hindi nagpoprotesta,” she said.

(It’s good that a diplomatic protest was filed because this had been an issue for some time. That there were so many violations of our sovereignty, but it seemed protests were not sent to them.)

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