There's no China enemies in Asia pacific ,they are all relatives with some intra familiar tussle, only delusional indian think China & SEA nations' relationship is that of an enemy,and SEA views china as butthurt lNDIANS.
The development and economy of SEA is tried to the rise of China,as we type, chinese funds and engineers are building SEA to form an independent sphere from western influence.India 80's outdated soviet missile has no space to ruin that. For every Indian initiative, China can respond in an overwhelming manner,if India thinks they can arm their conceived Chinese enemies with Supersonic, china can arm Indian's enemies with hypersonic,nepal-SL-PAK even BD.
Duterte is retiring ,but the gov is at loggerhead with CIA controlled military.China needs the military to military contact with PH,may be through MSS collaboration with the next pres of PH.
There's no need to do that.
Duterte has a very high reputation among Filipinos. Duterte's daughter is more than twice as popular as her competitors. Moreover, during duterte's term of office, the Philippine economy was deeply bound with the Chinese economy, and a large number of Philippine elites were vested interests in the trade between China and the Philippines.
There is no need for China to intervene in the Philippine election, which will give the opposition an excuse. On the contrary, we should patiently wait for the Americans to intervene in the Philippine election, and then seize this black hand.