Giving away Philippine territory to China is the height of treason, said national democratic youth group Anakbayan in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s nonchalant declarations allowing Chinese intrusions in Panatag and Benham Rise.

“Duterte, puro ka paasa at pasakay pero sa totoo’y wala ka namang ginagawa laban sa panghihimasok ng imperyalistang China at US sa bansa. Isa kang traydor!” said Anakbayan National Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo who slammed Duterte’s defense of inaction in the face of the said Chinese incursions.

Crisostomo said Duterte’s backtracking from defending the country’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity is only the latest blow further exposing the president’s so-called nationalist and progressive posturing as a deceptive sham.

“Puro dada, wala namang pakinabang. Ang sinabi: independent foreign policy. Ang ginawa: hinayaan ang US at China na magtayo ng base, magpasok ng militar sa bansa,” said Crisostomo.

He said Duterte’s “independent foreign policy” is a farce amidst Duterte’s allowing of US military bases in the country and Chinese military presence in Philippine territories.

“Sa halip na palayasin ang mga dayuhang tropang militar, hinikayat pa ni Duterte ang mga nagriribalang kapangyarihan ng US, China, at Russia na manghihimasok dito,” he said.

Duterte retained the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement and allowed a package of 257 US military exercises in the country, with the president’s anti-US declarations has now given way to seeking friendship with US president Donald Trump.

The president has moreover enticed big capitalists from US rivals China and Russia to also exploit and plunder Philippine resources and cheap labor.

“Problema ng bansa ang panghihimasok ng imperyalismong US. Ngayon gusto ni Duterte gawing playground ng US, China, at Russia ang Pilipinas. Talo ang mamamayang Pilipino,” said Crisostomo.

Anakbayan called on the Filipino youth and people to stand for national sovereignty and genuine freedom and fight against the continued presence of Chinese and US imperialists in the Philippines.

The youth group said only by building a patriotic movement that draws strength from the militancy and collective action of the Filipino people against all foreign imperialists can the national interests be truly advanced.

 

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