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Why do China’s leaders refuse to recognize the authority of the United Nations when this is the place to settle disputes between/among nations, and the main purpose for which it was formed is to maintain world peace and promote progress?
By Amando Doronila
The strong diplomatic protest against China’s water-cannon attack on Filipino fishers on Jan. 27 in Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea was followed by an announcement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines that the disputed islet, which Manila claims as Bajo de Masinloc, would now be under the jurisdiction of the Western Command.
By Conrado de Quiros
When P-Noy first compared China’s leaders to Hitler, his statement was met with mixed reactions. The masa of course applauded it, but not so the more critical sector of the public. Certainly not so non-Pinoys who, though sympathetic to the Philippines in its confrontation with China, found the comment overboard. I myself said it missed history by a mile, but if that was what it took to rouse the world to China’s growing expansionism, so be it. Living under the shadow of a tyranny right at our doorstep was just as bad as living behind the barbed wire of an occupation.
Many of us Filipinos believed that China was bluffing when it sent ships and sea patrols to the contested islands in the Spratlys. Now, it seems China is determined to do everything to take control of the islands and surrounding waters which the Philippines has laid claim to.
What’s next? China used water cannons to drive away Filipino fishermen off Panatag Shoal (“Sino ships fire water cannon at PH fishers,” Front Page, 2/25/14). Will it fire real guns the next time around?
On Jan. 27, in bad weather, a Chinese Coast Guard vessel with Bow No. 3063 bore down on two Filipino fishing boats in Bajo de Masinloc, sounded its horn continuously, then unloaded its water cannons on both boats “for several minutes.” The facts, as well as the quote, are from the official statement the Department of Foreign Affairs issued almost a month after the incident, on Feb. 25. That same day, the DFA summoned the chargé d’affaires of the Chinese embassy in Manila to explain the incident.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
I have Chinese blood. More than 200 years ago, a Chinaman married a native from Iloilo City. From that union, a whole clan was born – that that clan keeps growing and growing. I am not against the Chinese. How can I be when we have shared blood?
In the worsening dispute over China’s aggressive expansionism in the West Philippine Sea, President Aquino and the national government can rely on robust public support.
I am Christian O. Vicedo, a political scientist from the University of Santo Tomas. I am writing with reference to your Feb. 6 front-page story titled, “P-Noy: China’s rulers like Hitler.” First, I would like to appreciate your balanced reporting with respect to the South China Sea dispute. I thank you for the up-to-date information you featured in the aforementioned article. Indeed, it is important to present the reactions of the Chinese government and Chinese media to the official statements of our government. This can enable the Filipino public to effectively assess the soundness of our government’s foreign policy direction and the effectiveness of Philippine diplomacy.
By Amando Doronila
China stood reality on its head in its response to President Aquino’s call for more global support for the Philippines in resisting Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, drawing a parallel to the West’s failure to support Czechoslovakia against Hitler’s demand for Czech land in 1938.
Romulo Neri was supposed to appear last Thursday at the Sandiganbayan. The director general of the National Economic and Development Authority during Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s presidency had fought tooth and nail against the subpoena issued to him by the court, which wanted him to testify for the government in connection with the graft case filed against Arroyo over the controversial $329-million national broadband network contract with China’s ZTE Corp.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
The Philippine economy grew by 7.2 percent in 2013. We are told that this growth rate is second only to China’s performance in the past year. Does this mean that we have finally gotten over the hump of slow growth and we can expect to continue at this pace over at least the medium term or to the end of P-Noy’s watch? Or is it just a fluke? Or even, are we as good as China?