PNoy a begging president

SENDING an emissary to China and Taiwan over issues involving suspected Filipino drug traffickers and the deportation of Taiwanese nationals to China is like begging for mercy.

No matter what the explanations are, sending the Vice President Jejomar Binay and losing vice presidential contender Mar Roxas to China and Taiwan over issues should have been resolved in the ambassadorial level.

Now, it looks like the two are begging for mercy to free or to at least lessen the sentence meted to suspected drug traffickers in the case of China and in the case of Taiwan, to review its new policy on hiring Filipino workers.

Roxas insisted that he was seeking for understanding over the incident wherein the Philippines deported 14 Taiwanese nationals to China and that he was not apologizing to Taiwan.

If understanding was what he and President PNoy Aquino needed, a simple presidential letter was all he needed to force the two issues.

But the President apparently was so afraid to antagonize China and Taiwan that he had to send a vice president of the republic and a personal representative to seek for understanding.

Why should the Philippines seek for understanding if it did not believe that the Aquino administration erred in deporting a national to the wrong country?

Why should the President send the second highest official in the land to China and ask that the Filipino convicts be forgiven or meted out a lighter penalty that even the Philippine laws consider to be a capital punishment?

The other day, Roxas flew to Taiwan using hard-earned taxpayers’ money to appease the Taiwanese government.

He was brought to the office of Foreign Affairs Minister Timothy Yang, to explain the side of the Philippines over the brouhaha in a closed-door discussion.

Roxas came a-begging in the hope that Taiwan would relax its rules for overseas Filipino workers in that country that thought it was slighted by the Philippines’ deportation policy on how its nationals should be treated.

Taiwan earlier ordered a review of the job applications of some 5,000 OFWs after the deportation row erupted.

Since there are up to 90,000 Filipinos in Taiwan, Roxas stressed the need to iron out the misunderstanding with Taipei at the soonest time possible.

Roxas said it would not be fair to let the OFWs’ jobs be placed in jeopardy just because of a misunderstanding. But who caused the misunderstanding in the first place?

Roxas said he went there to explain and not to apologize. Tough words but what’s the difference between seeking understanding and apologizing?

“ Understanding is different from apology,” Roxas said, adding that “the government’s policy is not to appease” because “our country has its own policies.”

Roxas said he would explain to Taiwanese authorities that what happened was not meant to insult or belittle them or to cause them to lose their dignity.

Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) chairman Amadeo Perez said last week  “I apologized on behalf of MECO, and not on behalf of the Philippine government because our mandate does not carry that.”-Raul Valino

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