Pres. Duterte inutile on West PH Sea to keep China’s protection- retired SC Justice Carpio

Pres. Duterte inutile on West PH Sea to keep China’s protection- retired SC Justice Carpio


He keeps criticizing President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio in his August 13 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer(PDI) is of the opinion that President Duterte is deliberate staying “inutile” as regards the maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Justice Carpio is of the opinion that the President is beholden to China.

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“[China is] in possession. So what can we do? We have to go to war and I can’t afford it. xxx I’m inutile on that matter, I tell you. And I’m willing to admit it. I cannot do anything,” the President said during his fifth State of the Nation Address last July.

Carpio said President Duterte’s stance on the maritime dispute “shows a captured heart and mind.”

“From the bottom of his heart, Mr. Duterte enthused: ‘I simply love President Xi Jinping.’ From the inner recesses of his mind, Mr. Duterte revealed that China is his protector when President Xi told him: ‘We will not allow you to be taken out from your office.’ This explains Mr. Duterte’s ‘inutile policy,’” he said.

Duterte’s hands off policy on the maritime dispute shows his “deliberate refusal to perform a constitutional duty” and “a deliberate refusal to assert the arbitral Award that the Philippines won against China.”

“While the Award affirmed that the Philippines has a full EEZ in the WPS, this ‘inutile policy’ is a clear signal to China that the Philippines’ EEZ in the WPS is open for the taking of China,” Carpio said.

In addition, Carpio said Duterte’s stand on the issue “is a slap on the face of the Filipino people.”

“The Filipino people know that there are many peaceful and non-aggressive means, fully compliant with international law, in enforcing the Award without going to war with China. We all know that our own Constitution and the UN Charter prohibit resorting to war to enforce the Award. War is not an option and has never been an option,” he said.




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