By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
August 8, 2019
The Duterte ruling clique benefits from two kinds of relations. First are the official relations to the Chinese government, the banks and corporations. Second are the criminal relations with the Chinese triads and the smuggling and gambling syndicates.
At the official level, the biggest deals involve commissions and other payoffs for high interest loans, overpriced infrastructure projects, private construction, mining, plantations, oil and gas exploration and exploitation and the third telco which is in connection with China Telcom and Huawei and which is regarded by the US and the Filipino people as a big breach on the national security of the Philippines and the US.
At the criminal level, the Duterte ruling clique has connived with Chinese triads in expanding the smuggling and distribution of illegal drugs, rice and other commodities and in the proliferation of Chinese casinos. The inflow of more than 3 million Chinese in the Philippines since 2016 are related to both official infrastructure projects and the criminal drug and gambling operations.