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PDP-Laban out to learn ideology from Communist Party of China

President Rodrigo Duterte’s political party is enlisting the help of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to train its members.

The ruling Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) is in talks with CPC for a partnership, including having members of Mr. Duterte’s party learn the ways and ideology of China’s sole governing party.

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, president of PDP-Laban, reportedly discussed cooperation for “party building,” among other things, when he met with senior CPC officials in the southeastern province of Fujian in mid-June.

Pimentel and about two dozen members of a Philippine delegation stayed in the port city of Xiamen for four days for a series of forums and meetings.

Pimentel was reportedly invited by the national CPC leadership to make the visit.


According to Chinese officials, PDP-Laban entered into an agreement with the CPC in December last year for members of the Philippine political party to undergo “policy training” at the CPC provincial party school in Fujian.

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) issued a brief news release on June 30 about Pimentel’s visit.

It said Pimentel and his delegation were hosted by the CPC municipal committee in Xiamen.

The Pimentel delegation reportedly met with senior officials led by Pei Jinjiang, a member of the standing committee of the CPC Fujian provincial committee and secretary of the CPC Xiamen municipal committee.


China-backed presidential bet possible in 2022 — experts

Experts warned that China might interfere in the 2022 national elections by supporting a presidential candidate.

Retired Rear. Adm. Rommel Jude Ong, former vice commander of the Philippine Navy, said the forthcoming elections may end up becoming a contest with China.

"If we want to counter China's sharp power, then we should prepare for the national elections in 2022. If we deny our share of responsibility as citizens in reserving our way of life, then we might face an electoral contest not among political parties but against China's preferred candidates," Ong said in a virtual discussion organized by Stratbase ADRi on Tuesday.

In the same virtual discussion, former Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura del Rosario noted that China has "contempt for weak nations" so the Philippines would have to stand up to Beijing.

"There will be more than two Manchurian candidates so whoever they field, we have to unite under one candidate," Del Rosario said.

Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said these fears are valid as China now has an "army of trolls" in Philippine cyberspace.

China's online trolls making comments on the country's online news sites would influence the decision of Filipino voters, he added.

"They can also contribute funds to candidates of their choice so this threat of China interfering our 2022 elections is very real," Carpio said in an interview with ANC's "Headstart" Thursday morning.

'Bring up West Philippine Sea during elections'

To counter China's possible interference with the 2022 elections, Carpio said the West Philippine Sea issue should be brought up.

China's nine-dash line claim over the South China Sea overlaps with the Philippines' 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea.

While the Philippines won an arbitral award in July 2016 invalidating Beijing's nine-dash line claim, the Duterte administration set aside the landmark ruling to seek loans and investments with China.

"We must make sure that the new president will defend faithfully, sincerely our sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea," Carpio said.

"We cannot take the chance of a candidate promising to jet ski to Scarborough Shoal and after he gets elected he will say 'I was just joking,'" he added.

During one of the presidential debates in 2016, Duterte promised to ride a jet ski to a disputed island occupied by Cina in the West Philippine Sea and plant the Philippine flag to assert the country's claims.

The president later on said his campaign promise was not serious.

"When I said I would go to China on a jet ski, that's nonsense. I don't even have… It's just talk. I'm surprised you believed it," Duterte said in March 2018.


PNP-AKG personnel to undergo Mandarin training in China

The Philippine National Police will start sending Anti-Kidnapping Group personnel to China for a training in Mandarin.

Initially, three AKG personnel will be sent to China for the lessons.

PNP-AKG spokesperson Plt.Col. Elmer Cereno said that having their men learn Mandarin is to enable them to properly conduct investigations, especially since most victims in recent kidnapping incidents were Chinese.

Cereno added that as a result of the training, they can cut back on expenses as it will no longer be necessary for them to hire interpreters in rescuing kidnap victims and apprehending the kidnappers who are all Chinese.

“Ito yung nagiging problema natin pag may mga nare-rescue tayong mga Chinese saka pag may nahuhuli tayong kidnappers na Chinese din kailangan muna nating humingi ng tulong sa MRDO o kayay mag- hire tayo ng interpreter para maimbestigahan at malaman kung ano talaga ang punot-dulo noong pagkidnap sa kanila at bakit sila kinidnap [It’s always a problem during rescue operations when the victims and the kidnappers are both Chinese. We still had to seek help from the MRDO or hire interpreters in conducting investigations],” Cereno added.

The official added that the Chinese Consular office will take care of the expenses of the PNP personnel who will undergo the training in China as part of its assistance to the PNP.

This is also China’s way to help their fellowmen who might fall victim to kidnapping.

The project targets to train 20 AKG officers.

“Hindi lang dito sa Camp Crame, magpapadala rin kami ng mga manggagaling ng Visayas at Mindanao key office naming [Not only (the police ) from Camp Crame but also those from our Visayas and Mindanao key offices],” Cereno added.

Based on PNP-AKG data, around 56 kidnapping incidents and 120 arrested Chinese suspects had been recorded since 2017. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf


300 Filipino teachers to undergo training on teaching Mandarin

The Department of Education (DepEd) has partnered with the Confucius Institute to train 300 Filipino teachers on teaching Mandarin.

The DepEd said a memorandum of agreement was signed for the joint training of public school teachers for Master of Arts in Education, Major in Chinese Language Teaching (MAEd CLT).

The program aims to support the sustainable development of the Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL)-Chinese Mandarin in public secondary schools.

The program, which targets to upskill 300 teachers in the next five years, will be implemented by the Angeles University Foundation of the Philippines and Fujian Normal University of China.

The MAEd CLT scholarship is designed for SPFL Mandarin teachers to enhance their language proficiency and their pedagogical skills in teaching Chinese Mandarin as a foreign language, according to the DepEd.

The two-year master’s degree program will include studying in China for six months.

During the signing of the agreement earlier this month, Education Secretary Leonor Briones stressed that proficiency in language is an indicator of quality education.

“This program is also in support of the efforts of the department in uplifting the quality of education in the Philippines,” Briones said.

Chinese embassy cultural counselor Tian Shanting lauded the DepEd for including Chinese Mandarin in the SPFL, noting that the agency is one of the key contributors in the promotion of friendly relations between the peoples of the Philippines and China.

In 2011, Chinese Mandarin was included in the SPFL of the DepEd through the partnership between the Confucius Institute and the Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga.

Some 310 Filipino teachers have been trained to teach Chinese Mandarin, according to the DepEd.

About 11,000 students from 93 public high schools have already studied Chinese Mandarin through the special program, it added.

Other languages being taught in select public schools through the SPFL include German, Spanish, French, Korean and Nihongo.


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