The trio of former Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, past Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and President Noynoy Aquino’s foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario have built a historical notoriety for trying to push the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte against China.
Morales and Del Rosario filed an International Criminal Court suit against leader Xi Jinping accusing him of crimes against humanity for depriving Filipino fishermen of their means of livelihood in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) dispute.
Carpio would have represented both complainants had not the ICC rejected the nuisance case.
The former senior member of the Supreme Court was already proven to have had a score to settle with China which he used as a ticket to build an image as an opposition leader enroute to the recent launching of 1Sambayan.
His campaign against the giant Asian nation and President Duterte’s warming up to the neighbor, however, was full of inconsistencies and conjectures.
Carpio had criticized as “dire” the joint oil and gas development deal between China and the Philippines signed sometime in 2018.
He argued that sovereignty is being surrendered to China while the Philippines fall into the debt trap as the administration traded loans to letting Beijing have its way in WPS.
The oil and gas development deal that the two friendly countries forged was proven to be an agreement to explore solutions, to which Carpio later on admitted having made a hasty assessment.
“The MOU (memorandum of understanding) does not cede away anything. We do not give ground and we should be vigilant. It’s just an agreement to explore solutions,” Carpio would later admit.
Carpio, who is on the shortlist of the opposition as their standard bearer, said defending the country’s sovereign rights in the WPS is the duty of a Filipino. Carpio, who was legal adviser of then President Fidel Ramos, said nothing even when Ramos, after a visit to Malaysia, called for establishing a consulate in the disputed territory of Sabah that historically belongs to the Philippines.
There is no difference from the Philippines virtually having given up its Sabah claim and sovereignty to Malaysia as what Carpio is now ranting about on China.
Sabah, based on historical records is the country’s territory, is a territory of the Sulu Sultanate. Arbitrary is Carpio’s silence then and now his dire warnings over sovereignty being lost to China.
Malaysia has been known to infuse money to meddle in past elections just to ensure that the next leader stays clear of the Sabah issue.
Gatekeeper of selective justice and eternal protector of the yellow president and his allies, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, accused the Mr. Duterte and his government of “treason from within” related to the disputed sea with China.
Morales said “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within,” adding that “An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly, but the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.”
Had Morales been more circumspect, she would have reminisced that his patron, Noynoy Aquino, as president, revived the American bases and presence. He provided the United States with several bases in the Philippines, while insisting that they will be under the jurisdiction of the Philippines which was a big joke of an arrangement under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).
US bases under Philippine government control is a cruel paradox.
Pretenders to patriotism are known by their past actions and inconsistencies.