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Make Duterte stop bowing to China, Reds tells Pinoys

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By Prince Golez

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on Sunday urged Filipinos to put an end to President Rodrigo Duterte’s kowtowing to China.

In a statement on Sunday, the CPP rebuked “highly corrupt” Duterte for continuously bowing to China and surrendering the Philippines’ sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

“The Filipino people must make this the last time that Duterte bows to China,” the rebels said.

“As patriots, they can: (a) assert that the PCA ruling be brought before the United Nations and other international agencies in order to compel China to comply with the ruling; (b) insist that China dismantle its military facilities and withdraw its armed forces as well as distant water fleet of fishing boats in the features within the West Philippine Sea; (c) demand payment for all the damages caused by land reclamation and overfishing; (d) demand that the details of all the agreement be disclosed,” they added.

The revolutionary party said Duterte’s “treachery” was rewarded with an “ostentatious imperial reception with costly banquets,” also noting that the chief executive took private jets in his recent trip to Beijing.

Meanwhile, the CPP regarded the talks between Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the 2016 arbitral ruling that voided China’s sweeping claims over the WPS as “purposeless exercise” because there was no further discussion on the matter.

“Duterte merely acquiesced to Xi Jinping when the superpower president reiterated that China does not recognize the ruling,” the group said.

They also criticized the “lopsided” agreements entered into by the two governments, particularly the joint oil and gas exploration deal. “With control of capital and the technological and industrial means, China will surely be able to take full control of the oil drilling operations to the detriment of the Philippines.”

According to the CPP, another loan agreement that will primarily serve the interests of China was the $3.5 billion construction of the Manila-Bicol railway system to be undertaken by Chinese companies.

“Not different from previous Chinese loans, the loans will be paid for by the Filipino people at 2%, at least ten times higher than similar official loans from Japan,” their statement read.

Other “highly questionable” deals were the agreements that would give China an increased role in Philippine customs.

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