Brainwashed? De Lima calls Duterte a ‘Manchurian candidate’ for making AFP bow to China’s LPA
Has the country’s Chief Executive been brainwashed by the Chinese?
Sen. Leila de Lima called President Rodrigo Duterte a ‘Manchurian candidate’ for ordering a stop to the construction of shelters for Filipino fishermen on sandbars off the coast of the Spratlys island in the West Philippine Sea.
“The AFP should take note that their Commander-in-Chief is fast becoming, if he is not yet, the proverbial Manchurian Candidate,” she said.
According to Wikipedia: “The Manchurian Candidate is a 1959 political thriller novel by Richard Condon which is about the son of a prominent U.S. political family who is brainwashed into being an unwitting assassin for a Communist conspiracy. The novel has been adapted twice into a feature film by the same title, in 1962 and again in 2004.”
“Since when has the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) taken orders conveyed from the generals of the (Chinese’) People’s Liberation Army? Since when has our military become a mere sub-unit of the PLA, our generals forced to swallow and follow treasonous orders that practically ask them to abandon their posts and betray the national interest?” she asked.
De Lima took note of China’s continuing incursion the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea by putting up structures despite protests from claimant countries.
“Our President behaves like a good lapdog to his Chinese masters and orders his own military to stop building sheds for troops defending the country’s sovereignty,” she said.
De Lima said the upcoming ASEAN-China talks on a so-called Code of Conduct in the Spratlys would only reinforce the Philippines’ disadvantaged status quo position vis-à-vis China’s unmitigated island-building and deployment of blue-water assets and Coast Guard in the area.