PH envoys rape, sell OFWs
AFTER enduring the abuses of their employers, many female overseas Filipino workers (OFW)
in the Middle East also suffered at the hands of Philippine Embassy
officials who either raped them ...
hat is white-on-white,
gray-on-gray, and yellow all over? To find the answer let us go back to
Tuesday, the 10th of April 2012.
The Philippine Navy’s newly acquired frigate, BRP Gregorio del Pilar was
headed that day towards the Northern section of the West Philippine Sea
(South China Sea) to monitor North Korea’s planned missile launch. While
passing by Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) which is 124 nautical miles
from Zambales, the del Pilar was ordered to stop and investigate the
presence of eight Chinese fishing vessels inside the lagoon. Navy officials
boarded a fishing boat and discovered large amounts of coral, live sharks,
and giant clams all of which are illegal to fish or harvest under Philippine
law. No arrests were made because 2 Chinese Marine Surveillance ships
arrived at the scene and positioned themselves between the Philippine Navy
ship and the Chinese fishing boats. The two sides stare each other down all
of Wednesday. On Thursday Malacanang blinked!
The BRP Gregorio del Pilar
a Philippine Navy frigate painted gray is ordered off the shoal. Its
departure came a day after the Chinese Embassy in Manila demanded that the
PHL warship leave the area. The face-saving excuse fed to the press at the
time was that the del Pilar needed to replenish supplies and refuel. Truth
be told, Malacañang was adhering to its maritime policy of “white-on-white,
gray-on-gray.” This meant that since the Chinese had their white Marine
Surveillance ships on the shoal, the Philippines had to replace its gray
naval vessel with a white civilian ship. The Philippines then sent a small
Coast Guard vessel to take its place.
Thanks to this misplaced
sense of fair play or what some might even call chivalry, Malacañang gave
its upper hand in the standoff. If the Philippines had been a global or even
a regional military power facing down a weaker adversary, it probably could
afford to pursue a “white-on-white, gray-on-gray” policy. But for a country
like the Philippines that has an air force with no advanced fighter
aircraft, and a navy whose most modern ship was the del Pilar—a Vietnam-era
hand-me-down cutter from the US Coast Guard, it was in no position to act
chivalrous or magnanimous and give up whatever advantage it had without so
much as a whimper.
Back on the 12th of April
2012, we still had the upper hand—we had the biggest boat in the shoal. We
could have simply stood our ground and stared down the Chinese for as long
as they wanted.
Unfortunately for the Philippines, its leaders were untried, untested, wet
behind the ears and seemed too willing to appease the Chinese at any cost.
So on that fateful Thursday, the situation for the Philippines turned into a
downward spiral it was never able to recover from. The
coup de grâce finally came two months later when President Benigno
Aquino III himself ordered the 2 remaining Philippine vessels to leave the shoal. Typhoon Butchoy was
approaching and for safety reasons—ostensibly, the two vessels were ordered
So far, no Philippine ship
has ever returned to Panatag Shoal. Neither have the legions of Filipino
fishermen who have fished in its lagoon and surrounding waters for
centuries. The shoal is now teaming with Chinese fishing boats guarded by
Chinese vessels (both gray and white). Entrance to the lagoon has now been
“roped-off” by China barring Filipinos from its rich fishing grounds.
Now a year and two months
since the incident started, it is clear that the Chinese knew exactly what
they were doing from day one. They deduced quite accurately how the Philippine
leaders would react. They knew that the Philippines was weak militarily but
more importantly, they knew that Philippine leaders were inexperienced, and
untested. They knew it was just a matter of time before Malacañang would
fold and Panatag Shoal would be theirs for the taking. What might have come
as a bit of a surprise to the Chinese was how quickly Malacañang and its
buckled and ran screaming for the exits. Published
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Name: The captain
City/State/Country: davao, phils. IP Address: 220.127.116.11
Why is the government allowing those Chinese fishing vessels to fish in our obviously owned shoals?.....we want peace as much as we can, but, we
don't want to compromise our sovereignty.. wake up JUAN DELA CRUZ
City/State/Country: California IP Address: 18.104.22.168
China thinks it's clever. Occupying Bajo de Masinloc/Panatag shoal by simply bumping Philippines off its EEZ, nary a shot fired. Wrong. The PRC's internationally, (as per UN), occupation of Philippines' territory, (as per UNCLOS), is the same as attack/invasion of the Philippines. All Philippines has to do is mobilize its naval assets to retake its occupied territory, enforce it territorial law against the invader, and when the PRC physically hurt Philippines' enforcement navy vessels/personnel, then the mutual defense treaty applies. The Philippines must first get out there; enforce its laws/defend its territory, and if overwhelmed by the PRC, only then should it invoke the mutual defense treaty, and US will be there, but not before.
Name: Sam "The Mercenary"
City/State/Country: San Diego California IP Address: 22.214.171.124
We have to model our military modernization development and modernization to the program of Japan adopted most especially focused on how their pre-WW2 program. If they can build a military industry along with a prosperous economy. I don't see any reason why we can not.
Incidentally we have to create military and economic alliances with Japan, Russia Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia and other sympathetic friends like the US. We cannot rely totally on Asean.
If we can establish a strong military for our country, only then, other countries will take us seriously. "Diplomacy is born from the barrel of the gun."
Name: A. Poli
City/State/Country: Anywhere IP Address: 126.96.36.199
This is not a happy news. It never happened before that a piece of the country is given without a fight. Why?
Name: As I See It City/State/Country: Cebu City/SD,CA
IP Address: 188.8.131.52
PNL narrates, "So they (Chinese) used their embassy in Manila to insist that the Del Pilar leave the shoal. ..and Malacañang failing to realize what the Chinese were up to, sadly acquiesced. With the del Pilar out of the way, Panatag Shoal became Chinese territory." My reaction: Kumander WANGWANG was so scared that even a 'WHISPER' from the Chinese ambassador ordering our navy ship to get out of Panatag
Shoal made our Kumander already petrified that he in haste ordered Gazmin to pull out. Pulling out of a territory WE CALL OURS, not defending it in the face of an intruding enemy and subsequently surrendering it to them is not only COWARDICE but can be called an act of TREASON. Kumander Wang-wang may be TRIED for surrendering our territorial integrity and sovereignty!
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