Rivera Impacts Aquino
Atty. Bruce Rivera, a well-known lawyer, social media personality and prominent supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, once again took to social media and shared his displeasure over yesterday’s official statement of Senator Bam Aquino.
On his recent Facebook post, Atty. Rivera shared a statement of Aquino from News 5 and unleashed his fury at the senator for the latter’s viewpoint on the issue of West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
“Ipaglaban naman natin ang talagang atin, China invaded undisputed Philippine waters and installed missiles. Gawain ba ‘yan ng isang kaibigan?”, Sen. Aquino said.
“ANO NA NAMAN ITO, BAM?
I am not a fan of Chinese foreign policy and I am one of those who love our country but what you are saying is st*pid. If the Chinese officials will listen to what you are saying, a sitting Senator spewing fall*cies, you are courting dis*ster.
First of all, when you said China invaded undisputed Philippine waters and installed miss*les, that is not entirely correct. It was on an island that is not part of our claim but Vietnam’s. Even Leni made the mistake but later on recanted.
Second, the UN ruling based on the UNCLOS awarded the Philippines maritime rights over the disputed territory. Maritime rights pertain to our right over the seas and how we can harness the natural resources in the West Philippine Sea. There was no decision as to the islands or the terestrial rights of the Philippines. As such, there is still dispute on these islands we are claiming. Kaya nga siguro, pinalawak ng pinalawak ng China ang mga isla dahil alam nilang hindi pa kasama yun sa desisyon ng UN.
Third, when you say “invasion”, it presupposes that these islands are inhabited by Filipinos and Chinese forces ejected them and fortified the islands. Again, these are disputed island where there are no permanent Filipino settlers. How can China invade an uninhabited island in the middle of an area disputed by four states? I am not siding with China but the term you are using is not only careless but not entirely true. Occupation instead of invasion may be a better term given the context of your statement.
Fourth, and speaking of you asking the rhetorical question, “yan ba ang gawain ng isang kaibigan?” Let me pose the same question to you. The Philippines has not abandoned its claim on Sabah. Let us admit, Sabah as a territory has more economic value than the islands you say are invade by China. Malaysia has already built military structures in Sabah and many undocument Sabahans with Filipino descent are not given basic human rights because of our existing claim. Do you want to ask the same question to Malaysia?
The truth is, all Filipinos, are worry about the Chinese militarization in the area. Why? We know we do not have a fighting chance if China decides to flex its muscles. But you are not helping with your posturing just to be relevant because you are confusing the situation with your poor use of words and misleading logic.”