Duterte critics, detractors employing anti-China card: Palace

“The President’s ardent critics and detractors have become desperate in employing its anti-China card against the Duterte administration,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement reacting on Q4 2018 SWS survey on the Chinese government.

“While we note that 27% of adult Filipino respondents believe that most of what the Chinese government wants to happen in the Philippines are good for the Filipinos, we also understand that there is a higher percentage, 29%, who remain undecided about the matter,” Panelo said.

He said that after two unsuccessful attempts in creating fear and hatred against the policies of the Administration with regard to our foreign relations through first, the China debt trap scare tactics, which have been competently fended off by our economic managers in the case of the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project Loan Agreement, and second, the International Criminal Court challenge against China waged by former Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, now comes another political propaganda purportedly saying that 44% – which is not actually a figure representing a majority – disagree that the Chinese government has good intentions for the Filipino people.

“We are seeing that there would be a change of hearts and minds from those undecided and even those who disagree – whom we believe are used to the United States as our long-standing ally – once our enhanced ties with China start to yield positive economic results,” he added.

“The public must be informed on the need to expand our relations outside our traditional allies, such as the United States and Japan, so they would have a deeper understanding and better appreciation of why President Duterte has charted a path of broader diplomatic relations with the international community,” Panelo said.