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Former Philippine President Rodrigo Dutertes' South China Sea deal with Xi Jinping sparks calls for accusations of treason

Former Philippine President Rodrigo Dutertes' South China Sea deal with Xi Jinping sparks calls for accusations of treason

 


I agree with the investigation into being able to develop a law that would impose imprisonment on those who commit treason in peacetime. There is a gap in the law. We need to close this gap so that people like Duterte do not do such things, Carpio said.

Carpio's comments came after Duterte held a press conference on Thursday in which he denied making a agreement between men with Xi, this would mean the loss of his country's territorial rights in the South China Sea.

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However, the former president admitted to agreeing with Xi not to build new facilities in the disputed waters in order to maintain the status quo. On the BRP Sierra Madre, Duterte said food and water could be sent to sailors deployed on the ship, but not materials that could be used to rebuild or strengthen it.

Carpio criticized this part of the deal on April 1, saying the lack of repair materials would cause the warship to sink, as it is already rusty. His comment followed former Dutertes spokesperson Harry Roque's revelations about the deal last month.

Duterte responded to Carpio's criticism of the deal during his briefing. What I don't like is that even that stupid ex-judge Carpio is going back on the gentlemen's agreement, which he certainly wasn't there for.

That would be nice, and it would be healthy for Carpio to keep quiet and not be bothered by things he wasn't there for.

Asked about Duterte's deal with Xi, political analyst Sherwin Ona told This Week in Asia that Duterte had not acted in the interest of the Filipino people since he reached the deal after the Court Permanent arbitration in The Hague rejected China's claims to the territory of the Philippines in 2016. in the South China Sea.

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The nature of this case is also questionable as there is no written, video or audio recorded evidence about it. I think he should be held accountable for his actions, said Ona, an associate professor of political science at De La Salle University in the Philippines.

He should explain to the country why he opted for such an agreement. What national interest was he defending by doing this? he added.

On April 3, Senator Risa Hontiveros filed a resolution seeking an investigation into Duterte's deal with China over the West Philippine Sea. The term Manila uses for the section of the South China Sea that defines its maritime territory and includes its exclusive economic zone, describing it as a betrayal of the country.

This gentleman's deal is a betrayal. While China, anyway, will most likely attack our resupply missions en route to Ayungin. [Manilas term for the Second Thomas Shoal]This sham deal only gave Beijing more ammunition to push its baseless claims, Hontiveros said.

Chinese ships constantly attempted to disrupt the BRP Sierra Madre's resupply missions. In the latest incident last month, Chinese coast guard vessels fired at high pressure water cannons on Philippine ships, injuring two sailors.

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It is our duty to fortify the BRP Sierra Madre. Without this on Ayungin, we will effectively leave room for China to illegally occupy what belongs to us. If we stop reinforcing the Sierra Madre, we not only lose a crucial strategic outpost, but we also fail to defend our sovereignty, Hontiveros added.

Before the president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Returning from a trilateral meeting with his American and Japanese counterparts held in Washington on Thursday, Marcos Jr said he was convinced that Duterte had reached a secret deal with Xi and wanted him to disclose everything.

It is clear to me that something was hidden. There was an agreement that they kept secret from the people. Now we need to know. What did you accept? What have you compromised? Marcos Jnr told reporters this weekend.

What did you give? Why are our Chinese friends angry with us for not respecting the agreement? he said.

Manuel Mogato, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Filipino journalist, on Monday added his voice to those calling for Duterte to be prosecuted for treason.

Chinese coast guard ships fire water cannons at a Philippine supply ship Unaizah on May 4, en route to a resupply mission at Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea on March 5. Photo: Reuters

Duterte has opened himself up to prosecution. His confession raised more questions than answers to China's accusations, Mogato said, noting that he allowed the country to potentially lose a strategic outpost in the South China Sea.

Duterte may have committed an act of treason. If still in power, the gentleman's agreement would constitute a flagrant violation of the Constitution, an offense punishable by impeachment. But he is still liable under the law for unfair activities, punishable by life imprisonment and a fine of 4 million pesos. [US$70,360]he added.

Ramon Beleno III, chair of the political science and history department at Ateneo De Davao University in southern Davao City, defended Duterte, saying he reached a deal to ease bilateral tensions. But its inaction in the face of new developments in the disputed waters is the main problem, according to Beleno III.

The status quo was only temporary. Only the first step. But once the situation normalized, what happened? This is the problem. He did nothing, Beleno III told This Week in Asia.

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Today China is using it against us, he said, referring to speculation that Beijing had stepped up its aggression in the South China Sea because it felt the agreement with Duterte had been violated.

On Saturday, Beijing reiterated its demand that Manila remove the BRP Sierra Madre from the Second Thomas Shoal, calling its presence a violation of Chinese sovereignty.

Before the warship is towed, if the Philippines needs to send basic necessities, out of humanitarian concerns, China is willing to allow it if the Philippines notifies China in advance and after a on-site verification. China will monitor the entire process, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said in a statement.

If the Philippines sends a large amount of construction materials to the warship and attempts to build fixed facilities and a permanent outpost, China will not accept it and resolutely terminate it in accordance with the law and regulations aimed at maintain China's sovereignty, the statement added.

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