Note on Duterte’s presumption of personal prerogative to own and dispose of the West Philippine Sea as he pleases

By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
July 17, 2019

Duterte is utterly arrogant and stupid for presuming that he personally owns the West Philippine Sea and that he has the prerogative to sell out the sovereign rights of the Filipino people to China in exchange for the commissions and payola that he and his ruling clique get.

He is truly a tyrant who has a penchant for personally owning things like the military and police, which he has converted into his private army. Worst of all, He has presumed that he has the sovereign right to own and kill Filipinos whom he subjects to oppression and mass murders.

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Duterte on West Philippine Sea: I’m the owner, I’m just giving China fishing rights
By: Nestor Corrales – Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
INQUIRER.net / 03:54 PM July 17, 2019
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/178052/duterte-on-west-philippine-sea-im-the-owner-im-just-giving-china-fishing-rights?fbclid=IwAR27MJ7iKJq3-FVzzEx1GNBmkmm51nDdimLJYs20CRmK46RDyrNVKU5VS-s

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte insisted Wednesday Manila’s sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea despite his decision to allow China to fish in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m the owner, and I’m just giving the fishing rights,” Duterte told Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in his show “Give Us This Day.”

The President has earned a sharp rebuke for earlier saying that China could fish in Manila’s EEZ, revealing a 2016 verbal fishing deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China claims almost all of the South China Sea, refusing to recognize the July 2016 United Nations arbitral ruling invalidating Beijing’s sweeping claims.

Duterte, who has fostered warm ties with China since he assumed the presidency, said China won’t heed him even if he would ban them in parts of the West Philippine Sea, which they claim.

“Eh kung hindi ko rin payagan, sabihin ng Amerikano — Chinese, ‘Bakit? Is it needed pa ba kami magpermiso sa iyo?’ O eh ‘di pagsabi nilang ‘Huwag ganun,’ eh di mangisda ka,” he said.

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