Since 26th October 2018, the President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a second or a new Prime Minster Mahinda Rajapaksa, this was done in violation of the Constitution and the 19th Amendment. Therefore, the last few days has shown the strength of not only the Parliament, but the independence between the Executive and the Judiciary.
This was done in violation of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his confidence, which he has proven he has in the Parliament. The President has then tried to dissolve the Parliament and take away the powers given to the Parliament. That has also failed. As the President has lost in Supreme Court, as he wrongly dissolved the Parliament on the 9th November 2018.
Since all of that happen, the last 48 hours been vital in reaction to all the hasty actions of the President, that is clearly done without luck or acting clever. As the laws and the MPs have been loyal to principal.
Parliament gives confidence to Wickremesinghe:
“COLOMBO, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Wednesday passed a vote of confidence on ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with 117 lawmakers from the 225-member Parliament voting in favor” (…) “Following the vote, Wickremesinghe thanked all the parliamentarians who voted for him and promised to protect democracy in the island country” (Xinhua – ‘Sri Lanka Parliament passes vote of confidence on ousted PM’ 12.12.2018).
Supreme Court orders against the Presidents Order to dissolve the Parliament:
“The Sri Lankan Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve the Parliament 20 months before the end of its term was “unconstitutional”. A seven-member apex court bench said that the President cannot dissolve Parliament until it completes a four-and-a-half year term, the Colombo Gazette reported” (The Indian Express – ‘Sri Lankan Parliament dissolution ‘unconstitutional’, rules Supreme Court’ 13.12.2018).
The acts of 26th October has been lost on the 12th December 2018 by the acts of Parliament. While the acts of dissolving the Parliament by the President on the 13th December 2018. Within 48 hours the President lost twice.
The President acted for some reasons to forge an alliance… where he did the act of making double trouble. Two Prime Ministers without doing it through the proper protocol. That the Parliament have confidence in Wickremesinghe as the PM. While the Supreme Court answered to the illegal dissolving of the Parliament, therefore 48 hours of losses for the President.
The President has lost it in the gamble for appointing Rajapaksa as the PM.
This is for the best of Sri Lanka. Not one individual for selfish reasons tested the whole system and failed. The President has to reinstate Wickremsinghe, because Rajapaksa is unconstitutional, just like his decision to dissolve the Parliament. It is time for the President to swallow his pride and follow the protocol, as it has presented to him. Peace.
Certainly, the massive loans given to the “Build! Build! Build” are starting to cost. As the big infrastructure projects and other loans are taking their toll on the economy. Therefore, the Philippines and President Rodrigo Duterte are trying to collect something. It seems like the Chinese counterparts are getting lots of collateral and salvage the spent funds in Philippines. Because, as the weeks goes by and the ASEAN friends, the one with the upper-hand is China.
This is surely not how Duterte want it too look, as they are having a bargain. There has already been putting into question the control of Benham Rise and the hard-won control of the island there. Still, the Republic haven’t fought with tooth and nail to get it back. This week, it seems like there are more installations on it. The sovereign Philippines are being toyed with by China. They are being fooled and has to accept deals, because of the loans to Beijing. Manila is indebted and has to give concessions. Why else, would this week be filled with new Chinese interference and getting licenses in the Philippines?
Weather Station Controversy:
““It is currently coordinating with concerned government agencies, as well as with the Philippine Embassy in Beijing to verify the existence or non-existence of these alleged facilities,” he said. Panelo earlier addressed this concern on Monday saying Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin jr. will “do his job” once the reports have been verified. China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang announced on November 1 that Beijing has already begun operating weather stations on the artificial islands in South China Sea. “These projects are designed to observe the maritime, hydrological, meteorological conditions and air qualities, and provide such services as maritime warning and forecast, tsunami alert, weather forecast, air quality forecast, and disaster prevention and relief,” Lu Kang said in a press conference” (Janine Peralta – ‘Philippines to take action if Chinese weather stations in South China Sea are verified — Palace’ 06.11.2018 link: http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/11/06/ph-china-south-china-sea-panelo.html).
“One of the projects included an exploration between state-owned Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) and Chinese state-owned CNOOC Ltd., located off Calamian in southwestern Palawan province, Cusi told Manila Bulletin in a news briefing. Cusi was referring to Service Contract 57 which covers an oil and gas project awarded to PNOC’s exploration unit, and picked CNOOC as a partner. Cusi did not share details for Service Contract 72, an exploration permit held by the Philippines’ PXP Energy Corp. for Reed Bank, but clarified that the Reed Bank, another disputed South China Sea area, is not of the two” (Meanne Rosales – ‘ PH to seal 2 exploration deals with China’ 09.11.2018, link: https://powerphilippines.com/2018/11/09/ph-seal-2-exploration-deals-china/)
Chinese Telecommunication as the Third Telco:
“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded the entry of China Telecommunications Corp., or China Telecom, in his country’s telecommunication industry, saying the Philippines stands to benefit from the “good competition” that a Chinese company will bring to the industry” (…) “Duterte said that China “has proved to be of very incredibly high quality of electronics.” “(Xinhuanet – ‘Duterte welcomes China Telecom’s operating in Philippines’ 08.11.2018).
As we see, the sudden Benham Rise in the South China Sea and the will of China to takeover the place, while the Malacañang are preoccupied with sneering at priests, Rappler and who else who hurt their pride. They are not seeing or looking away from the sovereign implications on Benham Rise. As there are talks already of military installations, but now also monitoring equipment and a weather station. Clearly, the Chinese sees it as their land, while the PH are busy trying to find out what is happening there.
Than, you have the oil-fields in the same region, where the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) have gotten licenses to drill oil there. Clearly, this is all intentional, as well as they are the lucky third Telecommunication Company and getting into the Cellphone business too. This is just fitting as a glove. They are both getting territory in the South China Sea, they are getting exploitation opportunities and steady profits through a cell-phone carrier. All this they have gotten for dropping some loans, that is hard for the Philippines to repay in cash.
That is why they are allowed to get these things, as collateral for the debt. This is a game the Chinese plays well. That is why this is all happening. We have seen similar efforts done in Sri Lanka. That will surely happen in the Philippines too. As the Chinese is not forgiving with their loans. They want points on the dollar. Not loose money and certainly not lose face on the investments made. Peace.