After President Xi’s visit, actor Robi Domingo states: “Philippines not for sale!”

Filipinos warmly welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Philippines this week. But a few well-known public figures question the sincerity of China amid the West Philippine Sea Dispute.

The critics of the Duterte admin also asked the deals joined by the Philippines with China and warned that the giant neighbor of our country might lure us to debt trap just like what they allegedly did to certain developing countries.

And it appears that even the actor Robi Domingo just happens to be dubious of China’s friendly action to the Philippines amid the tension in the West Philippines Sea.

At the time of the visit of Xi, Robi Domingo tweeted saying the Philippines is his home and it’s not for sale, he didn’t point out China straight but some netizens actually suspected that the actor’s tweet is a message to the Chinese President.

“Philippines is my home. Sorry, it’s not for sale.” Tweeted by Domingo.

“Wala naman binebenta eh.. If you are the President anu ang gagawin mo kung minana mo lang sa dating President yung pinabayaan nilang sakupin at ngayon malaki na naitayo nila sa tingin mo ganun kadali bawiin yun kahit sinabi nila di nila pinaniniwaan ang desisyon ng Tribunal.” Edz Jaurigue Barrion (@ilovedz20) stated to Domingo.

But, a twitter account with a name Dalai Llama (@ligawnakalat) rebutted the tweet of Barrion, stating that the debt-trap technique of China is risky and the Chinese government could use the stated style to obtain a benefit in the West Philippine Sea dispute.

“Anong gagawin? How about, wag umutang ng bilyon-bilyon sa China dahil may history na sila ng debt-trap strategy? I-sisisi niyo sa nakaraang administrasyon eh at least sila may ginawang action. Walang binenta, oo, pero may collateral.”

Actor Jim Paredes as well shared his support to Domingo’s tweet, stating that “trolls” can condemn him, and told him to be tough.

“I am with you. Trolls will say a lot of things. Be teflon. Don’t let anything stick. You are in the right.” Paredes stated.

A netizen likewise challenged Domingo to stay away from buying China-made products if he desires to oppose the actions of the Chinese.

“Then don’t buy made in China! The wealthy families in the Philippines are Chinese. I’m not a Pro China but I appreciate any country helping us.”, tweeted by Robert Marion.

China had been accused of debt trap after various countries that borrowed from the Chinese government are unable to pay their loans anymore, for this reason, they were forced to pay in other ways just like giving their natural resources.

In spite of this, an analyst said that the Philippines is wiser than what the critics of the government believe, stating that our country is more experienced in dealing with loans.

“I don’t think mangyayari sa atin iyon, unless brasuhin talaga ng decision-maker,” Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines’ Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, stated when questioned if the Philippines will probably suffer the same fate as Sri Lanka.

At the time of Xi’s visit, Philippines and China signed 29 deals such as oil and gas development between the two countries.

Source: Pinoy Trending