Dark Dates in Chinese and Philippine Histories

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On February 18, 1932, Japan proclaimed the state of Manchukuo as the governing body for the region of Manchuria, which it had invaded and detached from China.  The date was a dark day in Chinese history that the people of China were determined to erase.

July 24, 2012, is a similar date in Philippine history, a blot in the history of the Filipino people that they are likewise determined to expunge.

July 24 will mark the first anniversary of the creation of “Sansha City” by the People’s Republic of China to “administer” the whole West Philippine Sea and the islands and terrestrial features that it claims belongs to China, among which are the Spratly Islands, the Paracels, Macclesfield Bank, Scarborough Shoal, Panganiban Reef, and Recto Bank.  Following the proclamation of Sansha City have been a series of provocative Chinese moves, including occupation of Scarborough Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc by up to 90 Chinese ships which have barred Filipino fishers from the area, an increased Chinese military presence at Ayungin Shoal, and a Chinese general’s brazen presentation of the so-called “Cabbage Strategy.”  The thrust of the Cabbage Strategy, Major General Zhang Zhaozhong explained, was to surround Bajo de Masinloc, Ayungin Shoal, and other Philippine territories with a massive Chinese naval presence to starve Filipino detachments and prevent reinforcements from reaching them.

The Nine-Dash-Line Maritime Grab

What China adduces as a legal basis for its aggressive moves is a note verbale that Beijing submitted to the United Nations on May 7, 2009 which unilaterally asserted China’s “indisputable sovereignty” over all the islands in the West Philippine Sea and their “adjacent waters/relevant waters.”  Accompanying the note was the infamous “Nine-Dash-Line” Map.  No official explanation for the “Nine- Dash-Line” was provided at that time or since, though there have been unofficial references to the islands and waters of West Philippine Sea being ancestral Chinese territories or to their inclusion in old maps of the defunct Nationalist Chinese regime that date back to the late 1940’s.

Among the brazen claims of the Nine-Dash Line document is that the nine Spratly Islands and terrestrial features that have long been a municipality of Palawan belong to China.  The Kalayaan Island group is about 370 kilometers (230 miles) from Palawan and some 1609 kilometers (1000 miles) from China.

Another clear implication is that the Bajo de Masinloc, which is 137 kilometers (85 miles) from the province of Zambales and is an integral part of it, also belongs to China, which is 700 kilometers (434 miles) away.

Yet another assertion is that the Philippines and the other four other claimants to the West Philippine Sea are not entitled to their 200 Nautical Mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ’s) under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the (UNCLOS) since the whole area falls under China’s “undisputable sovereignty.”  What most of the other claimants are left with are only the territorial waters that extend 12 nautical miles from their coast.

If allowed to stand, the Nine-Dash-Line claim will probably be the most brazen maritime territorial grab in history.

The Philippine Position

In contrast to China, which is threatening to use force to enforce its claims, the Philippines has actively resorted to peaceful methods to resolve the territorial disagreements.   The Association of Southeast Asian Nations to which four of the claimants belong also favor a peaceful resolution, as shown by the declaration of the recent ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Brunei, which reaffirmed the  Southeast Asian governments’ “collective commitment under the [2002] Declaration of Conduct [of Parties] to ensuring the resolution of disputes by peaceful means in accordance with universally recognized principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), without resorting to the threat or use of force, while exercising self-restraint in the conduct of activities.”

Also in contrast to China, which wants only bilateral talks in which it can bamboozle its much weaker neighbors, the Philippines has advocated and resorted to multilateral diplomacy to resolve territorial disagreements among several rival claimants.   Again, ASEAN has supported this stance of the Philippine government.

With the exhaustion of all possible bilateral approaches to address the issue and to show its commitment to the use of peaceful methods to resolve its disagreements with China, the Philippines recently brought its case over Bajo de Masinloc to the United Nations for international arbitration.  The process would allow China, the Philippines, and the other claimants to clarify their maritime entitlements under UNCLOS, paving the way for a truly peaceful and lasting settlement of the West Philippine Sea disputes. The five-member United Nations Arbitral Tribunal formally began the hearing on the Philippine petition on July 11.   China, however, refuses to participate in the process, a clear indication that it realizes that international law is not on its side.

Why Steadfastness Matters

The Philippines’ and ASEAN’s moves have placed China on the defensive, making it realize that it is losing the battle for global public opinion by coming across as a regional bully.  Thus, at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Declaration in Brunei Darussalam on June 30, it was announced that China had belatedly agreed to participate in talks to come up with “Code of Conduct” to govern the behavior of the different claimants to the West Philippine Sea, something we had been pushing for so long.   This was a step forward, but Filipinos are, like their government, cautious, waiting to see if Beijing is really serious about holding constructive talks.

The Chinese retreat showed the importance of being steadfast in defense of our national interests.  But the significance of the Philippine stand goes beyond the Philippines, beyond the ASEAN countries that have claims in the area.   As Ambassador Erlinda Basilio, the Philippines’ envoy to Beijing, has stated, “the Philippines is not just protecting its national interest but fulfilling its international responsibilities in assuming its diplomatic stance.”  For what China is saying with its Nine-Dash Line claim is that a body of water that is 3,500,000 square kilometers or1,350,000 square miles large, which borders six states and through which transits one third of the world’s shipping, is a domestic waterway like Lake Michigan in the United States.  Such a claim is simply unacceptable to all countries with a stake in freedom of navigation in the world’s seas and oceans.

Reproducing Colonial Behavior

China’s behavior in the West Philippine Sea dispute is a far cry from that of a state rectifying borders that were violated by colonial rule, like the People’s Republic of China did in dismantling Manchukuo and reclaiming Manchuria after the Second World War.  It is that of a state that is behaving like a colonial or imperial state, imitating the expansionist conduct of the western powers and fascist-era Japan that it condemned in international fora.

Why is China behaving this way? Where is China coming from? There are two theories on the source of Chinese behavior.  The first says it stems from insecurity.   China’s increasingly aggressive rhetoric stems less from expansionist intent than from the insecurities brought about by high-speed growth followed by economic crisis.  Long dependent for its legitimacy on delivering economic growth, domestic troubles related to the global financial crisis have left the Communist Party leadership groping for a new ideological justification, which it has found in virulent nationalism.

The second theory is that China’s moves reflect the cold calculation of a confidently rising power.  It aims to stake a monopoly over the fishing and energy resources of the West Philippine Sea in its bid to become a regional and later, a global hegemon.  But whatever the source of its behavior, Beijing’s moves have alarmed its neighbors, and may be forcing them into the hands of the United States by allowing the latter to portray itself as a military savior or “balancer.”  If China feels threatened by the closer military relations the US is developing with its neighbors, it has, tragically, only itself to blame.

Filipinos have different opinions on the role of the United States, with some welcoming it as a savior and others seeing it as an opportunist taking advantage of the situation to project its might.  We share the latter view, feeling that we must not only counter Chinese hegemony but also the US efforts to escalate its military presence in the region.   Actively allying with the US by offer it use of our bases will simply result in superpower dynamics marginalizing resolution of the territorial issue, thus become self-defeating.  But however Filipinos view the role of the US, most are united on the stand that military confrontation between two superpowers is not the best way to resolve territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea, that active multilateral diplomacy is the answer.

Regional Leadership versus Regional Hegemony

Filipinos do not begrudge China its effort to provide regional leadership.  Indeed, many see it as a natural course of action for this hugely important country that is slated to soon become the world’s biggest economy.  There is, however, a great difference between seeking regional leadership and imposing regional hegemony.  The sooner China behaves like a responsible regional leader and not like a power-hungry hegemon, the sooner stability will return the area, the less opportunistic superpowers will be tempted to take advantage of conflicts among neighbors, the earlier China and its neighbors will finally achieve that mature relationship based on mutual respect for its other’s sovereign rights that was derailed by colonialism and the Cold War.

One Nation United

The international community stands behind the Philippine government’s efforts to defend its interests in the West Philippine Sea.  One of its strongest sources of support is the Filipino nation.  Standing squarely behind the government are not only the people living in the Philippines but also those in the global diaspora.  From Manila to Riyadh, from Rome to New York, 12 million global Filipinos are asserting that the Philippines will not be bullied into submission.

At 12 noon on July 24, Filipinos will hold protest rallies in major cities all over the world, to bring the weight of global condemnation to bear on China to make it rethink the costs of its aggression towards the Philippines.

Walden Bello is a representative of Akbayan in the House of Representatives. Rodel Rodis and Loida Nicolas Lewis are leaders of the Filipino community in the United States.

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  • DeeEsspee

    Well researched and written piece. However, it tried but I think failed in getting into the Chinese mind. Taiwan, which is ethnically Chinese, demonstrated this mindset with its saber rattling recently as well as its choice of words when dealing with the Philippine government. The Chinese permanent residents in the Philippines itself generally demonstrate this haughty behavior in dealing with Filipinos, thus failing to totally assimilate into the population. This is also the reason for the world’s China towns which are not cultural contributions but rather, protective enclaves.

    Compare this to the Filipinos’ ability to assimilate into any population and culture they may find themselves in anywhere in the world. Consider the Chinese disregard for common and local rules of conduct when abroad. They spit on floors (I know, I know, spittoons are part of Chinese culture), perform their ablutions in public, and one even desecrated an Egyptian ancient national treasure that has remained unharmed while on public display for decades. Chinese consider themselves above the rest of mankind’s rules and will do as they please at home and abroad. They are, in the most basic and simple description, racial supremacists.

    • DurangoJoe

      All chinatowns whether located in San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, etc. have something in common. They are notoriously associated with illegal drug distribution and addiction, illegal gambling and prostitution. What happens during the day time is completely the opposing of what happens at night time.
      Vancouver downtown eastside should be called the “backdoor to hell” and right inside Chinatown. Disgraceful.

      • DeeEsspee

        In Chicago’s Chinatown, back in the early 90′s, it got so bad that Filipinos became targets when walking down Wentworth Street (the town main drag). But things changed! The Vietnamese reciprocated Filipino hospitality towards its boat people after the Vietnam War

        Chinatown-Chicago is still called Chinatown, but the main language is now Vietnamese/English. The Chinese were gently pushed out and Filipinos started enjoying Vietnamese and French cuisine. Filipinos really could learn from the Vietnamese on how to deal with the Chinese.

        (1) Vietnam conducted a small but successful commando raid on mainland China. (2) It ordered its coast guard to ram encroaching Chinese vessels. (3) It bought two submarines to keep the captain of the Chinese aircraft carrier lose precious sleep. :D

        [I can't help but notice the evolution of the jeepney front bumper. I most humbly suggest that Philippine shipyards take that lesson into serious consideration when building fishing boats and maritime enforcement vessels for Filipinos. The Taiwanese beat them to the idea, but in reality the ancient Romans first came out with it. FYI.]

      • AlexanderAmproz

        I do believe most of the boat peoples were Vietnamese/Chinese, an ethnic cleansing…
        Vietnamese’s supporting the US were Chinese’s, as well in the Philippines(Marcos and al)
        Aside that the Vietnamese are used to have land borders with China, they are used to resist since existing, obliged to be warriors by nature to confined China. They are tough warriors.

        The Chinese’s sailors aren’t since Yuan Dynasty.
        At the same times the European world colonization history started with the Maritime Countries.
        Filipino’s fighters traditions is mostly inter ethnic, or civil wars,
        American/Philippines war excepted, but it wasn’t a war, it was in fact an Imperial Genocide, few thousands US killed by the Malaria and Dengue, 1’500’000 Filipino’s by the “Liberators”, it was almost 40% of the 4’500’000 estimated population. The Philippines original cultures definitely eradicated, of course, the colonial culture not only excepted, but boosted..
        The AFP is trained for land grabbing, abuses, chickens and cows robberies, its at the civil wars origins(NPA, MILF, etc. )
        In short the Archipelago colonization by the Imperial Manila lead by Chinese’s ethnic “Filipino’s”

        Today China is building a fleet to secure her trades and supply Maritime Routes, the main one passing by the China sea/Singapore, a power bluff can only be stop by the US, enjoying to play the world policeman to protect their Empire powers interests, mostly Oil, natural resources and multinational companies at the moment.

        Almost no doubt, China sea will stay under US and “Allies” control. In case there is Oil/GAS in the Spartly’s, the Imperial Manila Chinese’s, traditional US allies, will suck the Oil for the US and themselves on foreign accounts. Dreams and nightmares are for the Poor Juan de la Cruz struggling as usual….

        I am not a specialist, but its what I do believe will happened,
        China running the world isn’t for now if ever.

      • Pedring2

        Amproz, you are a dreamer! Keep on hallucinating! The oil in the West Philippine Sea is owned by Filipinos. It’s for the welfare of all Filipinos, and no one else. We are arming and preparing to fight to keep it that way. If you are pro-mongoloid, keep off my country.

    • TheGUM

      “Perform their ablutions in public.” A common definition of ablution is
      the following: A cleansing of the body, hands, feet, etc. with water or other
      liquid, especially as a religious ritual. When did the Chinese start this
      practice? You’ve seen it? Wow! Judging from your Chinese-bashing tone, you must have meant “Perform their excretion and micturition in public.”

      Most Chinese I’ve met, both local and foreign, are polite, educated, and culturally savvy. Perhaps, I have been lucky to have met such people.

      Nevertheless, I wouldn’t consider it just or wise to paint such a broad brush that such and such awful qualities apply to all Chinese on earth, on the basis of arrogant, wrong-headed decisions by the current Chinese leadership regarding territorial disputes in the South China Sea. In the same vein, not all Filipinos are corrupt even though there are many corrupt Filipino politicians.

    • TheGUM

      “Perform their ablutions in public.” A common definition of ablution is the following: A cleansing of the body, hands, feet, etc. with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual. When did the Chinese start this practice? You’ve seen it? Wow! Judging from your Chinese-bashing tone, you must have meant “Perform their excretion and micturition in public.”

      Most Chinese I’ve met, both local and foreign, are polite, educated, and culturally savvy. Perhaps, I have been lucky to have met such people.

      Nevertheless, I wouldn’t consider it just or wise to paint such a broad brush that such and such awful qualities apply to all Chinese on earth, on the basis of arrogant decisions by the current Chinese leadership regarding territorial disputes in the South China Sea. In the same vein, not all Filipinos are corrupt even though there are many corrupt Filipino politicians.

    • TheGUM

      “Perform their ablutions in public.” A common definition of ablution is the following: A cleansing of the body, hands, feet, etc. with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual. When did the Chinese start this practice? You’ve seen it? Wow! Judging from your Chinese-bashing tone, you must have meant “Perform their excretion and micturition in public.”

      Most Chinese I’ve met, both local and foreign, are polite, educated, and culturally savvy. Perhaps, I have been lucky to have met such people.

      Nevertheless, I wouldn’t consider it just or wise to paint such a broad brush that such and such awful qualities apply to all Chinese on earth, on the basis of arrogant decisions by the current Chinese leadership regarding territorial disputes in the South China Sea. In the same vein, not all Filipinos are corrupt even though there are many corrupt Filipino politicians.

    • TheGUM

      “Perform their ablutions in public.” A common definition of ablution is the
      following: A cleansing of the body, hands, feet, etc. with water or other
      liquid, especially as a religious ritual. When did the Chinese start this
      practice? You’ve seen it? Wow! Judging from your Chinese-bashing tone, you must have meant something else other than ablutions.

      Most Chinese I’ve met, both local and foreign, are polite, educated, and culturally savvy. Perhaps, I have been lucky to have met such people. I remember this beautiful, young lady on her way back home after touring the US and a young lawyer on an apprenticeship with a US firm, who graciously ask me to visit China. I couldn’t help being impressed by both of them.

      Nevertheless, I wouldn’t consider it just or wise to paint such a broad brush that such and such awful qualities apply to all Chinese on earth, on the basis of arrogant decisions by the current Chinese leadership regarding territorial
      disputes in the South China Sea. In the same vein, not all Filipinos are corrupt even though there are many corrupt Filipino politicians, policemen, businessmen, etc.

      • DeeEsspee

        No, I have not personally seen it. Yes, I have seen the indignant news article in a foreign publication, with vivid descriptions by several witnesses. The phrase ”bodily functions” was used. Yes, I agree that the majority of Chinese tourists being fine people. But must they really spit on the floor and carpeting? THIS I HAVE SEEN WITH MY VERY EYES, IN SEVERAL PLACES, NOT JUST ONE!

        And yes, I have read about Chinese government authorities taking notice and doing something official about Chinese tourist behavior overseas. So not all the reported incidents can be imaginary or just bashing.

    • TheGUM

      I couldn’t get into Disqus, and I tried posting this several times. And this is what happened….

      • DeeEsspee

        Don’t worry about it. This is a Chinese owned forum. :-D

  • barry p

    Kudos to Ms Loida Nicolas Lewis. A long-time resident of USA yet her heart still beats for the Motherland. A true American and Filipino at the same time.

    First time I’ve came across her name was when I was reading a book about her late husband’s exploits – “Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun? How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire.” Great read, very inspiring. It was during the time of leverage buyouts no longer seen as much today. I remember a snippet of the book I remember was when Reginald used to present Lamborghini(s) (or similar top car)) to top performing executives in Europe of his Beatrice LLC global empire.

    Keep up the good work. Mabuhay po kayo!!!


    • DeeEsspee

      I remember when Ms. Lewis became a widow. Her husband’s corporate hotshots fully expected her to sell her controlling interests. They forgot she is a seasoned corporate lawyer who was the brains behind her husband. To their dismay she told them she’s taking charge. But corporate hotshots and even Hong Kong cannot argue with the lady who owns the controlling shares of the giant corporate empire. The rest is business history. I’m glad she now has the time to channel her considerable energies towards PHL’s current problems.

  • ConnieLee90

    The main reason why there is peace in the region is because of the large US naval presence deterring and frustrating Chinese expansionist ambitions. Without the US military, Taiwan, by now, surely would have fallen, lost its independence, and annexed as a province of China.

    With China’s military rise comes the appetite to extend their maritime boundaries as far out as possible, more so now, that potential large oil and gas reserves were found to sit below the surface of the South China Sea. The nine-dash-line grab would already have been realized, again, had not the US been standing in the way of China’s ambitions.

    Because the Philippines is weak in more ways than one, it doesn’t have the capability to protect its interest and guarantee its own sovereignty against the bully of the region. Realpolitikt dictated us to open up our bases once again to the US and other allies (Japan, Australia,etc) for their use in countering China’s adventurism. Our sovereignty, no doubt would somehow suffer by giving our allies “free” access and concessions, but this is better option than have China steamroll through the region.

  • WeAry_Bat

    Two things. One, ASEAN – 2, without China and its lackey country. If no one nearby takes their manufactured goods, then China is closer to economic collapse.

    Second, who made China become dominant from the poor country it was in the 70s? None other than US businessmen who salivate at the 1.5 billion market. A McDonalds in every city of China, the cheapest production of iPhones, etc.

    It is on the second part which there is a small consideration, that US will be hesitant to make a full scale war. Investments.

    But on the other hand, supposing US and China spat at each other then the US is shown out of the chinese house, it is actually a boon to the US local economy and for the rest of the world. US gets to start having its own industries inside again.

    • DeeEsspee

      Chinese factories are either subsidiaries of U.S. companies or owned by Chinese companies controlled by U.S. stockholders. In other words, China’s main contribution is CHEAP LABOR, and it was unskilled at the start. It’s semi-skilled now. Many factories in China were functioning U.S. factories that were disassembled, shipped to China and reassembled. Levi’s built a new factory in Texas, used it for 18 months, gave up on union demands, and sent the entire skeet and kaboodle to China.

      It will slightly hurt the USA to pull out of China but it won’t kill it. It’s a farce when people say China owns the USA because of its debts to China.

      Consider this: according to the super research department of the BBC, USA’s indebtedness to China is less than 10% of its total indebtedness. USA owes Britain more than it owes China. USA owes the most from its own citizens and companies in the form of negotiable instruments such as U.S. Savings Bonds and Treasury Warrants and Certificates. So even when down on its knees, USA is still the world’s strongest economy with the world’s strongest military. Kinda hard to ignore such little snippets of fact.

      • WeAry_Bat

        Cheap labor, for how long. And the transfer of technology has happened. I chanced upon a trading website of Chinese manufacturers. So many LCD tvs, and other technological products made in China.

        US has made the bed of its problems from the middle east to Afghanistan, then China.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Money talk, the Golden rule is who own the Gold make the rules.
    The Philippines rules is the smarter are lying, stealing and killings, no money left,
    a colonial inherited cultural moral values destroying the country on purpose,
    Where there is no trust, no business, resulting in a weak country easy to be owned by interests who are against the National Priorities, colonialism fundamentals.
    This was built by the Clergy with a twisted Christian teaching under the Spanish Empire and US requests.
    It’s the same in every former Spanish colonies with a twisted brain as a result.
    Philippines was the remotest of all by Geography, easy to keep backward.

    Airplanes, OFWs, and Internet will help the country to become more mature and turn over theses disgusting inherited History pages.
    For the moment, the China sea will be a US/China business with the Filipino’s as watchers, no room for idiot macho Generals with a superiority complex earned by robberies to balance ignorances.
    They were caught pants down while walking to the bank vaults, a tragedy for the country, even not able to judge and jail them. In any decent country, it will be considered as the highest treachery, firing squad or life time jail, in the Philippines it’s a laud and greasy laugh at home, a sardonic laugh abroad.

  • Mang Teban

    Walden Bello is riding on the wave of dissent against China gaining momentum. But this apparatchik had been propagating socialist ideologies bordering on communism. That is something that people crusading against the kleptomaniac tendencies of bully China must be forewarned.

    So, I wish that the other two, Rodel Rodis and Loida Nicolas Lewis, must keep a cautious distance to this opportunist. Being in Akbayan party list with an unabashed favoritism from the sitting president, PNoy, the motive of Bello to join this movement Filipinos Unite (FU) is suspicious. He will just be a nuisance and a double agent jerk masquerading as a nationalist party list rep.

  • arao_liwanag

    Sina Walden Bello, Loida Nicolas, Rodil Rodis at mga katulad nila, ay mga ahente sila ni Aquino na ginagamit para e undermine ang ano mang diplomatic solution, at dalhin ang bansa sa kaguluhan, pagkatapos, pasok si Kano na siyang may pakana ng lahat ng ito para bigyan katwiran ang muling paga sakop sa Pilipinas at paligiran ang China (Asia Pivot). Si Aquino at ang kongresso ay alipuris ni Uncle Sam at sunodsunuran sa ano mang gusto nito dahil sinusuhulan at tinatakot.

    Pansamantala, inuudyukan ng mga CIA handler si Aquino na bumile ng mga sandata at pandimang barko, eroplano, at helikopter, hindi para gamitin laban sa China kundi laban sa kapwa Filipino. Laking negosyo at kita ng Tati.

    • Marcos5

      in Bed……

    • MickEye

      Inaangkin ng tsina ang Panganiban reef at panatag. Naglagay ng permanenteng straktura sa panganiban at mga barko sa panatag, dagdag dyan pinagbawalan pa ng tsina ang pinoy na mangingisda! Tsina ang nananakop sa teritoryo ng pinas!
      Kung makabayan kayo, at ang amo mong si reyes, bakit di manlang kayo magprotesta sa tapat ng embahada ng tsina!!?? Ni minsan sa loob ng napakahabang panahong pagkakanti sa pinas ng tsina (since 1995 pa ng kunin nila ang panganiban reef) di manlang kayo nagkilos protesta, yan ang patunay ng tunay ninyong kulay!
      Kayong mga makakaliwa ay nabili na ng tsina! Bayad na kayo! Hindi kayo mga PILIPINO! KUMUKULKO ANG DUGO NG SAMBAYANAN SA INYO! HUDAS NG BAYAN!
      hindi kayo makabayan kundi maka-tsina!!!

      • arao_liwanag

        I am an American, you and your likes are the traitor to your own country. Our government, through our foreign policy, have already intruded to your sovereignty because your President, the grandson of a KALIBAPI/MAKAPILI, allowed it that even his mother did not. Even a visit of our warships, if they did not declare that the ships or ships were nuke free weapons or powered by it. For it is against the Philippines Constitution, so She stressed.

        You guys are fond of dinuguan, the dirtiest food, that’s why you behave like a Vampire and Dracula. Ang gonggong n’yo.

      • MickEye

        ah sooo kano ka pala,, so hindi ka pala Pilipino.
        Ngayong nagkalinawan tayo kung anong nationality mo etong masasabi ko..
        kung ayaw mo ang ginagawa ng fil govt ko ay wala kang pake dahil kano ka nga naman pala. Ang pakialaman mo ay ang ginagawa ng goyerno mong kano. Kung ayaw mo ang ginagawa ng gobyerno mo ay tama lang na makialam ka sa foreyn policy ninyong mga kano, assuming na us taxpayer ka (at hindi ka tsekwang TNT).
        Pero dahil kano ka pala, wala kang pake na makialam sa pagpatakbo, pamamalakad o ano mang polisiya ng bayan ko! pwe!

      • Garo Ungaro

        Sometimes the attitudes of some naturalized are worst. Worst than the original citizens thats the trauma experience they undergone before getting their naturalized citizenship. Sometimes its just attention seeking behavior telling the world that he belong to a superpower groups…Its sad but that is his perceptions?…free but has no full understanding where he came from? and the responsibility behind it? maybe needs some reorientation/redirection on how to behave better…?

    • TANYA22

      Kahit siguro bulag nararamdaman nya na ang tsina sa salas na. Ano pa ba ang dapat gawin? Para sa akin ikaw ang may problima, Ngayon kung ayaw mo mamagitan ang amerika kaya ba natin sugurin ang barko ng mga Tsino. Mayroon ba tayong kakayahan na tapatan sila. Alam mo hanggat may tao na katulad mo mag-isip hindi natin makakamtan ang nararapat. Sa ganitong setwasyon na alam naman natin may malaking pagkakamali ang Gobyerno na pinabayaan ng mahabang panahon. Ganon pa man kailangan nating magka-isa kung ano ang dapat na hindi mapa sa kamay ng China ang sariling atin. Maari isa kang peke na Pilipino at ikaw intsek o di kaya insekto na mayroong negosyo sa dito sa aming inang bayang Pilipinas.

    • ApoNiLolo

      Sapantaha mo, bulok! Isipin mo muna kung ano ang kinikilingang politikal ng mga binanggit mong personalidad, lalo na si Bello at Rodis, bago mo sabihing mga ahente sila ng Estados Unidos!

      Para sa mga mangmang ang mga haka-haka mo. Hindi ang mag palaganap ng kaalaman ang balak kung hindi ay mag kalat ng propaganda!

  • SatansDisciple

    If this so called country Philipppines has a Master Plan for progress in Economy and Military and implement it, then it wouldn’t look MEDIOCRE on foreign military threat.

    What Philippines need now is to have 20 to 30 years of focus on Education specially in the field of Math, Science and Technology. The government should have a secret program in Military technology innovation powerful enough as a deterrent to foreign threat. A kind of military technology that will surprise even the most advance country in the world.

    Filipinos don’t need America, alliance with ASEAN and Japan if Pinoy is independent enough to Innovate for progress in Military Tech.

    Corrupt people who plunder the economy big time should be put in DEATH PENALTY.
    It should become a law.

  • slicenziuten

    …another clear example of – “business as usual” for the US.
    a peaceful population will almost always resist military spending, unless there exist a sudden sense of uncertainty created by a foreign force then and only then will the majority of the people shall require its government to assert the basic necessities of life (freedom and protection). and upon hearing the support of the citizens, the government will act as if out of service in procuring millions of dollars of military equipment and deals. the anxiety of the latter remedied and the objectives of the former have been met handsomely, yet without any single shot being fired in the stand-off. it may seem to look like a simple case of supply and demand, but I would rather choose this instead of the one that goes with a (big) bang!

  • DGuardian

    Mas maganda siguro kung hiwa-hiwalay ang mga opinion ng tatlong sumulat ng article dahil hindi natin matukoy kung kangino-kangino ang mga anti-China at anti-US na mga statements.

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