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After President Rodrigo Duterte visited China to strengthen their ties, a few days back Chinese Coast guard left the Scarborough shoal.
Netizen Adolfo Mortera shared his views regarding this matter. In his post, he recognized President Duterte strategist on how he was able to handle things peacefully.
Like what Duterte said earlier, he said 'We don't need war to get what we want.'
Absolutely, such a genius strategist. It took him 4 months to be able to subside the tension between the two countries in the disputed Panatag Shoal.
Mortera cited that it there's a winner in this part, it is the Filipino fishermen.
The fishers could finally return after it took them 4 years since these Chinese Coast guard repeatedly shooed them away.
Although PRRD and China's PM discussed the Scarborough shoal, there was no joint statement after their meeting, according to reports.
No statement "allowing" Filipino fishermen access to the Scarborough due to objection from Philippine panel.
But there was tacit agreement between the two leaders.
We now know several fishermen have cast their nets in the shoal today. Success!
And most importantly, the Chinese Coast guards are no longer around to block or chase them.
This could be the best modus vivendi under present circumstances.
China, without saying a word, recognizes Philippine rights over these waters, and that they are within our exclusive economic zone.
President Duterte didn't press the issue.
China saw it as a window to save face, and left Scarborough quietly and discreetly.
It's a win-win. But the biggest winners are our fishermen.
That's how I see it, and I pray it stays that way.
Postscript: President Duterte was able to clean up the Scarborough mess created by Aquino, within 4 months!