Cayetano: Duterte prepared for war in West Philippine Sea


Duterte to face China

Despite his frequent defeatist talk, President Rodrigo Duterte is ready to declare war on China or any other country if they attempt to exploit the natural resources in the West Philippine Sea, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Monday.

West Philippine Sea is the local name of the waters within the country’s 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea.

Cayetano gave affirmation of President Duterte’s availability to shield the Philippines’ power in the West Philippine Sea before Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) authorities who went to the week by week hail raising function at their head office on Roxas Boulevard in Manila.

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Bahala na’

“The President has said that. On the off chance that anybody gets the characteristic assets in the West Philippine Sea, he will go to war,” Cayetano said in his discourse, an official interpretation of which was given to journalists by the DFA’s Office of Public Diplomacy.

“He stated, ‘Bahala na.’ [But] he will go to war,” Cayetano said.

“Bahala na” is an articulation Filipinos utilize when they don’t realize what occurs straightaway. The nearest identical in English is “whatever will be, will be,” from Doris Day’s 1956 tune “Que sera, sera.”

In addition Cayetano’s comments appeared to repudiate the President’s ongoing proclamations that he wanted to keep up kinship with China as opposed to draw in the Asian monster in a war over the two nations’ regional debate in the West Philippine Sea.

Tending to the 120th commemoration of the Philippine Navy on May 22, the President emphasized that he would not go to a war he couldn’t win.

“Regardless of whether you acknowledge it or not, that is the truth on the ground,” the Pressaid.

In a discourse in Davao City on Feb. 10, he stated: “This isn’t an ideal opportunity to battle about the South China Sea since it will just prompt war.”

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Red lines’

Yet, Cayetano said the President, who has been condemned for his refusal to stand up to

China with the Philippines’ 2016 triumph in the intervention of the two nations’ regional

line, had really cautioned that he would go to war against Beijing on the off chance that it

broke the “red lines” his organization had set in managing the South China Sea debate.

Hence primary red line, he stated, is for Beijing not to assemble anything on Panatag Shoal, globally known as Scarborough Shoal, the site of a two-month standoff amongst Chinese and Philippine ships in 2012 that prompted Manila’s test to Beijing’s case to the majority of the South China Sea in the UN-sponsored Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

China ought to likewise not endeavor to expel the BRP Sierra Madre from Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal, where the legislature grounded it in 1999 to stamp A philippine area in the Spratly archipelago, he included.

“Our warriors ought not be hassled when they convey supplies or when they repair the runways,” Cayetano stated, alluding to the little airstrip on Pag-asa (Thitu), the greatest Philippine-possessed island in the Spratlys.

“Another red line is that no one will get characteristic assets there all alone,” he said.

Meanwhile President has talked about joint investigation for oil and petroleum gas with China in the West Philippine Sea, comparing it to “co-proprietorship” and drawing fire from commentators, who have called attention to that his thought runs counter to the Constitution, which holds characteristic assets in Philippine region solely to Filipinos.

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Pundits hit

Cayetano pounced upon the President’s commentators, including an “Incomparable

Court equity” who has been goading the organization to dissent China’s militarization

of the South China Sea.

And was unmistakably alluding to acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, who has been

reminding the organization that its inability to challenge China’s forceful moves in the

South China Sea implies quiet submission.

He said the organization’s choice to keep mum did not mean it was not

effectively manage China and to guard the nation’s domain and sway.

“Indeed, even the President himself told Chinese President Xi Jinping, ‘That is our own. The West Philippine Sea is our own. We need to begin diving for oil and gas in the South China Sea.’ How significantly more grounded an announcement would that be able to be?” he said.

“At the perfect time, we will demonstrate you wrong since nothing is mystery until the end of time. Indeed, even the US, they declassify materials,” he said.

“When we declassify these, once we have accomplished our motivations later on,

you will see that the DFA was not neglectful in recording discretionary activity,” he included.

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