The “unsolicited” presidential abso-lute pardon issued by President Duterte upon convicted LGBT killer US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton we believe was a geopolitical master stroke because it has virtually diffused what could be another political powederkeg ready to explode anytime.
Nobody could have seen backdoor negotiations between the Philippines and the US. But we imagine , for weeks that passed , the release of Pemberton was used as a leverage in backing Philippine interest in the South China sea fiasco. We believe, without the US assistance, the Philippines will easily succumb to the pressures of China, which is very prejudicial to US interests in Asia.
By giving absolute pardon to Pemberton three things could happen as a result:
- Political tensions and street riots forthcoming in Manila by anti-US forces could be avoided because Pemberton is no longer in town;
- In return the US will renew closer ties with the Philippines and promise more economic support in our military’s modernization;
- Possibly reopen Subic Bay’s massive shipyard repair and building complex ,and rebuild Sangley Naval point, thus earn billions of legitimate income for the Philippines, to boost our labor force, and improve our economy; this is not a dole out but our hard-earned dollar income;
All of these, due to one stroke of the pen by Pres Duterte in Pemberton’s absolute pardon. Pemberton is just a dot in the bigger spectrum of geopolitics. But his pardon can open the floodgates to better times for the Phlippines without even asking.
WE believe that the absolute pardon of Pemberton was simply a geopolitical master stroke, which can bring huge tremendous political and economic resurgence in the now beleaguered Philippine economy mainly because of the Covid Pandemic.
Just imagine the billions of dollars lost in remittances of OFWs who are coming home jobless in exodus proportions. The economic slump is simply unimaginable.
But Duterte’s master stroke on Pemberton we believe spelled a priceless future economic resurgence for the country. But Duterte is silent on his huge achievement for obvious reasons, a rare feat for a determined leader.
A geopolitical master stroke indeed! Here’s our backdoor handshake to Manoy Digong!