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Creating more problems FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 09/29/2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Creating more problems

Ninez Cacho-Olivares
One is unsure whether Noynoy believes it is the Spratlys issue that will keep him popular with the international community, specifically the US and Japan and the Asean governments, or if he is angling for more support for him and the disputed Spratlys favoring the Philippine stand against China.

Whatever the reason, Noynoy is playing a fairly dangerous game against China, because no matter how much the US and Japan side with Noynoy, due mainly to “international sea lanes access” particularly untrammeled passage rather than regional security reasons, when China shove comes to push, neither the US nor the Japanese government, and for that matter, the Hanoi government is likely to wage a war against super power China.

It certainly was much too indiscreet of Noynoy to state, when he was in the US some weeks back, that China will be “reasonable” on this Spratlys issue as long as China can save face.

And truly, there was no need for Noynoy to bring up the disputed Spratlys problem in the US, since his trip there had nothing to do with the disputed islands, but to speak before a forum launching a transparency in government theme. Yet he had to bring this issue up, either before a business meeting or a Filipino community type meeting..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

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1 comment

Jesusa Bernardo said...

may pagasa bang pumogi ang isang "pangulong" a_noy y hocus pcos?

"The thing is, the Philippines has a good legal case that is lodged before the United Nations — and legal steps are being taken, so why is there a need for Noynoy to keep on harping on the Spratlys issue when it is the legal and diplomatic steps the country is taking on the disputed islands?

"For pogi points perhaps?"

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