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More Filipinos distrust, doubt China's 'good' intentions: SWS poll

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More Filipinos distrust, doubt China's 'good' intentions: SWS poll

MANILA (UPDATE) - Filipinos are growing distrustful of China, according to a Social Weather Stations poll conducted after an incident in disputed waters that stoked fresh tensions between Manila and Beijing.

The June 22 to 26 survey of 1,200 adults showed that 51 percent of Filipinos had little trust in China, 21 percent were undecided while 27 percent had much trust. This resulted in net trust of -24, worse than the -6 recorded in March, SWS said.

The same survey found that 81 percent had much trust in the US, the Philippines' treaty ally, 11 percent were undecided while 8 percent had little trust, for a net trust rating of 73, up from 60 last March, the pollster said.

China's net trust rating is considered "poor" while that of the US is "excellent," according to the SWS poll, which had a 3-percent error margin.

The survey was done after a Chinese boat rammed a Filipino fishing vessel near Reed Bank in the South China Sea. Twenty-two Filipino fishermen were marooned at sea until a Vietnamese ship rescued them.

The same poll showed that 43 percent of Filipinos disagree with the statement that "Most of what the Chinese government wants to happen in the Philippines is good for the Filipinos." Twenty-seven percent agreed while 30 percent were undecided.

Asked about the statement: "Most of what the American government wants to happen in the Philippines is good for the Filipinos," 55 percent agreed, 28 percent were undecided while 17 percent disagreed.

Among those with “little trust” in China, 21 percent agree and 55 percent disagree that “the Chinese government has good intentions for the Filipino people.”

On the other hand, among those with “much trust” in the US, 59 percent agree and 14 percent disagree that “the American government has good intentions for the Filipino people.”

Meanwhile, the survey also showed that Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, and New Zealand obtained good net trust ratings.

Australia had a +46 net trust rating, Canada +46, Japan +45, Malaysia +34, and New Zealand +38.

The June survey had sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.


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    Walang good intentions ang China.

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    Duterte says he allows Chinese vessels to fish in Philippine waters to prevent war

    • In his State of the Nation address, the president says Manila ‘owns the West Philippine Sea but China controls it’, pointing to the presence of guided missiles on Chinese-made artificial islands
    • The two-hour speech also saw him ask Congress to reimpose the death penalty for drug-related crimes and set up a new ministry for the welfare of overseas workers

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday insisted the West Philippine Sea belonged to his country, but defended his agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping to allow Chinese fishermen to operate in the area, saying it was not a constitutional violation.

    In Monday’s State of the Nation address, which he delivered more than an hour late, Duterte said this agreement would ensure there would be no war in the disputed South China Sea, where Manila and Beijing have overlapping claims.

    If you want marines to drive away the Chinese fishermen, not one of them will come home alive President Rodrigo Duterte

    “We own the West Philippine Sea but China controls it. That is the reality,” Duterte said, hinting that China would have no qualms using arms. “There are already guided missiles [on China-made artificial] islands, [which] can reach Manila in seven minutes.

    “If you want marines to drive away the Chinese fishermen, not one of them will come home alive.”

    Duterte devoted nine minutes to the West Philippine Sea issue, revealing he had asked Xi to “please allow” Filipino fishermen to work in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). In return, he said he allowed Chinese fishermen to operate in the area, where a Chinese fishing vessel last month rammed and sank a Philippine fishing boat.

    “Xi says ‘I will fish’, who can prevent him? I said, ‘We will fish because we claim it’. I said, ‘Please allow’, because before that [China was] driving away our fishermen.”

    The West Philippine Sea refers to the part of the South China Sea that lies off the Philippines’ west coast. Manila named the area in 2012 in a bid to delineate its sovereign territory.

    Duterte also disclosed that during their first bilateral talk in October 2016, he told Xi the Philippines would undertake oil exploration activities in the EEZ.

    “President Xi replied, ‘Well, you know there is a conflict there … you know a squabble there could lead to something else,” the Philippine leader said. “So we just became friends.”

    As it stands, Duterte said, he “cannot even bring the coastguard to drive [China] away”.

    “That is the problem. They are the ones in possession.”

    Speaking to an audience of 2,000 parliamentarians, diplomats and government officials, Duterte said he blamed the previous administration of President Benigno Aquino III for “losing the Spratlys and Panganiban [or Mischief] Reef”.

    Records show that China took control of the reef during the 1992-1998 presidency of Fidel V. Ramos.

    Duterte promised that national and territorial integrity was foremost in his mind, but he insisted the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) and the arbitral award won by the Philippines three years ago recognised instances in which another state was allowed to utilise resources found within another state’s EEZ. However, the Philippine Constitution expressly states that its EEZ is exclusively for Filipino fishermen.

    In 2016, an arbitral tribunal in The Hague rejected Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, ruling that it ran counter to principles of Unclos, to which China is also a signatory. It also ruled that China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights by interfering with its fishing and petroleum exploration and constructing artificial islands in its EEZ.

    Activists burn an effigy of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte depicted as a sea monster during a Monday protest to coincide with his state of the nation address Photo AFP

    After Duterte’s speech, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio rebuffed the president’s assertion that China controls the West Philippine Sea.

    “Foreign naval powers – US, Britain, France, Australia, Japan, and Canada – continuously sail and conduct naval drills in the South China Sea, including the [West Philippine Sea], demonstrating that China is not in possession of [it],” he was quoted as saying by ABS-CBN.

    Duterte is seen to have taken a soft stance on Beijing during his time in office. Besides the issue of Chinese fishing vessels within the EEZ, critics have pointed to his lack of enforcement of The Hague’s ruling and his attempts to play down last month’s sunken Philippine fishing boat, saying it was “just a collision” with the Chinese ship.

    The speech, which lasted nearly two hours and ended with him singing Moon River and the Filipino love song Ikaw, or You, with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, came as Duterte enters the midpoint of his six-year term. In his address, he vowed to double down on his war on drugs and corruption, asking Congress to reimpose the death penalty for drug-related crimes and the crime of plunder.

    Duterte’s rambling address also saw him ask lawmakers to lower the age of criminal responsibility, create a new ministry devoted to the welfare of overseas workers, and prioritise passing bills to lower corporate income taxes and cut back on incentives.

    Earlier, some 5,000 protesters gathered outside the House of Representatives to call for Duterte’s removal, while a smaller number of pro-Duterte supporters rallied separately.

    Left-wing protesters burned a mock Chinese flag and a giant mural with the images of Duterte, Xi and US President Donald Trump in initial rallies. Protests were also held in Cebu, Iloilo and Duterte’s hometown Davao City. In his speech, Duterte also vowed to “end local communist armed conflict”.

    “We have had enough of this government’s ‘kill, kill, kill’ policy,” said Danilo Ramos, a left-wing leader of a farmers’ group. “The Duterte presidency is killing its constituents in so many ways.”

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    Pulse Asia: Most Filipinos distrust China, Russia; US, Canada trusted

    MANILA, Philippines — Most Filipinos believe that the Philippines cannot trust Russia and China too much or not trust these countries at all, a Pulse Asia survey bared Friday.

    The survey, conducted from June 24 to 30, 2019 among 1,000 respondents, revealed that 74 percent believe that the Philippines should not trust China at all, while 57 percent said Russia should not be trusted at all.

    Meanwhile, trust is the predominant sentiment toward Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam, according to the major pollster.

    Small to huge majorities of Filipinos say the Philippines should extend a great deal or fair amount of trust on the United States (89 percent), Japan (79 percent), Australia (76 percent), Canada (71 percent), Malaysia (63 percent), the United Kingdom (56 percent), Indonesia (56 percent), and Vietnam (53 percent).

    More particularly, the prevailing opinion among Filipinos is that the Philippines should extend a fair amount of trust on Australia (63 percent), Canada (59 percent), Japan (59 percent), the US (56 percent), and Malaysia (51 percent).

    Pulse Asia Research Inc
    Meanwhile, big pluralities are of the view that the Philippines should show a fair amount of trust towards the United Kingdom (47 percent), Indonesia (47 percent), and Vietnam (44 percent), the Pulse Asia survey added.

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    Anti-crime watchdog: PH nagiging kanlungan na ng mga kriminal na Chinese

    Nagbubulag-bulagan umano ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas sa isyu ng mga Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) at ayaw itong harapin.

    “I think it’s turning a blind eye,” ani Teresita Ang-See, chair ng anti-crime watchdog na Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order.

    Dahil dito, nagiging kanlungan na raw para sa mga Chinese criminal at sindikato ang Pilipinas.

    “The Philippines is becoming a haven for Chinese criminals and criminal syndicates,” dagdag pa ni Ang.

    Magugunitang talamak ang kidnapping ngayon sa bansa kung saan nandudukot ang mga Chinese ng kapwa nila Chinese.

    Lahat ng mga kasong ito ay may kaugnayan sa mga POGO.

    Naging viral pa ang nakunang video noong Disyembre 9, 2019 sa Makati kung saan isang babae ang nagsisisigaw matapos itong puwersahing sumakay ng van.

    Nadiskubre na mula sa China ang biktima at dinukot siya ng mga kapwa niya Chinese.

    Kadalasang ang mga biktima ay target ng scam kung saan hinihikayat na magtungo sa Pilipinas at magsugal sa mga casino o di kaya’y maging empleyado ng mga POGO.

    Pauutangin sila ng pera para makapagsugal pero kapag natalo ang mga ito, dudukutin sila at pakakawalan lang kapag nagbayad ng ransom ang kani-kanilang pamilya.

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