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For decades, we have had this dispute over the ownership of certain islands and shoals with China and other claimants, and yet the country under different presidents, co-existed peacefully with China and the Philippines’ neighbors. Trade and tourism went on without any serious protests or talk of war — until the country had the misfortune of having Noynoy Aquino as president.
From the day he took office, he managed to screw up not only the country, its people and their Constitution, but also succeeded in destroying the relationship the Philippines had enjoyed with China.
A big blunder was committed by Noynoy early in his presidency when the Manila bloodbath occurred during the botched hostage rescue, leaving eight Hong Kong tourists dead. He was neither heard nor seen all throughout the hostage crisis. Worse, he even refused to speak with the Hong Kong leader at that time, and then made his appearance four hours after the tragedy, obviously for a photo op, with him even smiling at the site of the bloodbath, straining relations between the Philippines and Hong Kong, if not China itself.....MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune