Yes, as far as you know. But better look closely at what our DND and DFA have been doing.
Our policy of handling territorial conflict through diplomatic means has not changed. It's just that because our diplomatic relations with China is more cordial now compared to BS Aquino's term, there are now less diplomatic protests and more concessions given.
This is against USA's liking. They want us to be more belligerent to China.
To our government's credit, we are silently building up our defense capability in order to assert our sovereignty in the future.
Harry Roque, the spokesperson, has a cryptic statement: "...If the Aquino administration was not able to do anything about these artificial islands, what do they want us to do? We cannot declare war -- not only is it illegal... but it's also because it's impossible for us to declare war at this point..."
PNoy and his occasionaly inept administration may leave a lot to be desired, but you talk as if the following didn't happen under the past admin's watch:
1.) Sent the BRP Del Pilar to face off with the Chinese at Scarborough Shoal back in 2012.
2.) Accelerated the AFP Modernization Program, procuring badly needed hardware
3.) Filed a case against China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration
4.) Strengthened military and economic ties with US and other friendly nations
Duterte and his supremely corrupt regime has put our country in a quandary, and only a fool would think that we can parley our "cordial" relationship with China for what is essentially ours to begin with. What exactly has this admin done over this so far?
1.) Set aside the arbitral ruling in favor of predatory Chinesee loans, business deals, and other economic concessions
2.) Slashed the AFP Modernization Horizon 2 budget by more than half.
3.) Failed to bring up the Spratlys issue with ASEAN despite numerous opportunities to do so.
4.) Soured the country's relationship with the US (a treaty ally) and other friendly nations.
5.) Failed to lodge any meaningful diplomatic protest against China's militarization of the WPS.
This defeatist attitude the current admin adopted not only puts our country in a bad position right now, but also puts neighboring countries at serious risk. Let's not forget that our kids and grandkids could potentially miss out on a lot of natural resources that they may need to pay off the disadvantageous loans this admin secured from China.
The whole country is now living under the shadow of Chinese bombers, and you're still thinking that everything is peachy. Wow. I don't know how you've been made to believe that appeasement is the way to go, but trust me, the last time appeasement was done, it led to WW2.
Edited by moneyball, 23 May 2018 - 01:21 AM.