In response to media questions re President’s statement that China won’t allow him to be ousted from power

This government should rely on the support of its own people, and not on China or any other foreign government, to ensure a strong and effective administration.

Ang pahayag bang ito ang kapalit ng pananahimik ng administrasyon sa West Philippine Sea? Is this the reason why we are willing to enter into loans with China even if the interest rates are 4 to 5 times higher than that of Japan or South Korea? Is China support for this administration to ensure its iron clad grip on power? Whose interest is being pursued by depending on China? Is it the nation’s interest or the interest of those in power that is being pushed here?

Shouldn’t we learn from the lessons of history? Marcos was ousted in 1986 despite the powerful backing of the US because the people wanted him out for failing to address widespread poverty and abuses in government while enriching himself and his family. Like the US in 1986, China will abandon him as President if he loses the support of our citizens.

Hence for government to remain effective and relevant and therefore more than capable of handling threats to it, government should simply address poverty and joblessness and ensure that abuses, corruption, and disregard of our laws are squarely addressed.

Dapat sa mamamayang Pilipino at hindi sa China nakasandal at kumukuha ng suporta at lakas ang administrasyon at ang sinumang lider ng bayan.