Duterte just jetskied his way to China, waved and handed the white flag of surrender
By ROGER M. BALANZA
Duterte wants to stand up against China’s occupation of the West Philippine Sea, but it would only lead to war, which would be costly for the country. Duterte concedes that the disputed region was already in the hands of China, and that force, that could lead to war and bloodshed, would be the only way to retake the area.
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate on Tuesday took potshots at President Rodrigo Duterte over what he calls as Duterte’s ‘defeatist’ position against China’s illegal incursions into the West Philippine Sea.
Zarate said Duterte’s refusal to assert Philippine sovereignty is clearly defeatist. The leftist legislator from Duterte’s home city of Davao also fired a comic jab at the president.
“Figuratively, he just jetskied his way to China, waved and handed the white flag of surrender,” Zarate said.
Zarate was referring to Duterte’s campaign promise that he would ride a jetski to the West Philippine Sea, carrying a flag, and assert the country’s ownership of the area.
The latest pronouncements of Duterte “would only make us lose more of our exclusive economic zone, like the Julian Felipe Reef now being claimed also by China,” Zarate said.
“There are so many ways to stand up for our country without going to war. We should use these options now rather than surrender our right to our EEZ and the lives and livelihood of our people,” he added.