Official more or less
The Philippines government recently allocated 2.8 billion pesos ($55.5 million) for initial funding for the BrahMos cruise missile
Well, he's trying to make amends, isn't it? Though a little too late when you have lost a few islands already to the Chinese trawlers. Duterte was of the thought that China would accept you guys if you just simped around them; make no mistake - the current opposition in India also has a class of people (other than outright traitors) who think the same.And Duterte is the best thing that happened to China.
Duterte is in damage control mode. He let Philippines slide too much with the CCP. Now, their islands are occupied or on the verge of it, and they have nothing to defend themselves with. On top of that, the pandemic has screwed their chances of bigger growth.BrahMos for the Philippines. That is indeed a powerful weapon. Thing is, when you are very weak is it better to try and arm yourself, stay neutral or play dead?
Duterte is one of those brutal ironfist nationalist types who try to tighten control and obtain weapons out of the belief/wish that turbulent times are coming. They hope to play savior and protector of the unwashed masses. Does that make him a traitor? At first the Germans loved Hitler.
Re: China/Philippines relations
Didn't the CCP's Lee Bo say something along the line that, "Chinese abroad are first and foremost Chinese citizens?"
What makes a male Chinese, Chinese? Is it being born in China? Having ancestors from China? Belonging to ydna haplogroup O? O-M122?
Seems kind of like how Hitler thought with his idea of a homeland for Germans.
Perhaps the intent is that the CCP will eventually consider certain or all Filipino men to be Chinese citizens. They will say, the Philippines was "discovered" by Chinese fishermen. Much akin to the Spanish/Portuguese in the New World or Greeks in what the Greeks called "Europe". For certain folk, original inhabitants are just in way. That kind of thinking could lead the CCP to claiming a whole wack of territory.
Just tossing ideas out there.
Well, you simply over-estimate Phillipine's influence or power within the region. When USA refused to have Phillipine's back in the conflict, what you expect him to do. Unless USA decides to get herself into a new cold-war with China, the next phillipine president will be almost the same as him.And Duterte is the best thing that happened to China.
Yes it is, their Army also wanted a few batteries of BrahMos, their navy wanted Shore based batteries.
This was showcased in PhilippinesFor the record, the Philippines have shown interest in the purchase of the BrahMos since 2016. It was reported that negotiations were underway since 2019 regarding the procurement of two mobile batteries for the Philippine army under the Land-Based Missile System (LBMS) program. A mock-up of the Philippine army version of the launcher was shown. The missiles were fitted on a semi-trailer towed by a South Korean KIA KM500 truck. In addition, in the spring of 2020, there were reports of the Philippine Navy’s intention to purchase three batteries of the BrahMos system. However, in early December 2020, the Philippine government decided to postpone the plan, for financial reasons (linked to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic).
If only we had Nirbhays operational and in sufficient numbers to offer them! The Filipinos won't be lobbing $500K costing missiles on trawler boats hired by the CCP. Nirbhays would have allowed them to actively take out the rogue trawlers as they would cost far less.
Fry some Chinkas..Batsoup in dinner
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