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With Chinese ships maneuvering unimpeded all over the South China Sea, and the Philippines unable to do anything but watch, there is a miniscule yet growing number of Filipinos who are taking to heart the adage “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” These folks are the 21st century version of the “Philippine Statehood” movement of the sixties and seventies. And while the rest of us might quickly dismiss them as an inconsequential, fringe group, they do make compelling arguments for their cause.
Adding fuel to the fire, on May 7, 2012 He Jia, a TV news anchor for China's state broadcaster CCTV said on-air that “the Philippines is an inherent part of China's territory over which China has unquestionable sovereignty.” What Jia really meant to say was that the Spratly Islands were part of China. Though she quickly apologized for her gaffe, ultra-nationalist Chinese lit up the internet agreeing with her initial statement.
So why do a handful of Pinoy uber pessimists harbor the notion that the Philippines would be better off under China? Here are a few of the arguments they put forth:
While we at PHILNEWS.COM do not necessarily agree or disagree with the above arguments, we do find them persuasive and thus offer them to you our readers for analysis and comment. Tell us what you think. Published 7/21/2012
Name: Gimme Inay
Ambrosio of California posted - "I prefer made in USA than made in China. Everything from system to chopsticks." AND Rodolfo of USA STATED "I would rather be a poor Filipino than be a part of China..." -- Which makes an intersting talking point! Note that both posters are from USA and presumably Kanonized-- so the premise for discussion- " is it better to annex the Phils to the USA but not to China?" So just how far is Filipino Patriotism and nationalism in this forum extends? Does it stop at the doorstep of the USA?
JUAN PUSONG; “It should be of no surprise to most anybody why China easily picks on the Phls. We are a country of low moral character. Virtues like nationalism, courage, and honesty are barely in existence. We claim to be Catholic, but only in name. Instead, too much hypocrisy. Corruption is a way of life. Government itself is too complacent. Unable to finish its little wars with its own people. Unless we as a nation strongly resolve to completely transform ourselves into one adhering to honorable principles we will always be vanquished.” I want to add that too many Juan Pusong among the Filipinos, that’s why! We got to get out of the rut you just mentioned, di ba?
A lot of posters still don't get it! Nobody is seriously endorsing that the Philippines join China by annexation. The "arguments" presented by PNL is only a products of the kokote of people na "walang magawa". It's for fun; no one should take it seriously. After all, as I said, China is not crazy to acquire 100 million more headaches on top of 1.5 billion. Besides, Pinoys are not crazy, too! Remember the jerk who hijacked a PAL(?) to China. He thought he would be held a hero by the insect. No! he was sent to a commune and start collecting human waste (etat) for his food (no not the etat or may be, hehehe) and upkeep. I don't think tonyO would like that. hehehe.
Name: Lord Gago
China's existential claim to all South China Sea Islands as its providential owner parallels Israel's assertion to all Palestine lands based on historical rights. With this as backdrop, an endless disputes between China and her neighbors seem inevitable and costly in terms of human lives and chattels. The regional balance of power in both instances will not likely shift, China's dominance perpetuates the regional disputes forever.
What we must do Filipinos is to work work....hard for the development of our country. To the government must give a full support to the AFP. to our corrupt politicians should be arrested, prosecute and execute them because they are destroying our country, take the money they stole and return it to the gov.t. To our good leaders think think....plan plan... for our defense. instead of making a word war with each other.
Name: ASSTIG AKHO
If you agree with the PNL editorial of how nice to be the new Tsimoy, the Tourism Industry's slogan for the Philippines should be replaced to read:" IT IS MORE FUN TO BE A TSIMOY NOW!" 這是更有趣的是，現在是 TSIMOY!"
This proposed Chinese roulette of annexation is not feasible or workable in a catholic-majority country like the Phils. Chinese authorities will unjustly & unwisely restrict any religious practices be it catholic, protestant, INC, Muslims, etc...a policy wrong in itself & shows their inconsistent disrespect for human rights. Communist party members are not permitted to take part in any kind of religious activity. The Chinese authorities want to control people & religious practices of any kind will not be tolerated under a a communist party system. Freedom of religion will not work if they ever take over. No Christmas, no Holy Week, no Ramadan or fiestas whatsoever.
Name: Jorge Villanueva
That argument about joining China is so absurd I won't even glorify it by repeating its details. Let us remain on course on defending what is part of our sovereignty. It is our God given right and the very reason we emphasize our heroic traditions and the sacrifice for freedom. I don't see any pride or reason in submitting ourselves under anyone's control. Even a golden cage is still a cage.
The reason the PRC eventually instituted one child per couple policy is because PRC is the most populated country in the world. That not being enough, it added the execution of criminals. Still that is not enough to reduce overpopulation, and is begging to get into war to kill off millions of its overpopulation. Philippines is 12th most populated country in the world that has not the ability to provide sustainable employment, or feed its burgeoning population. Something's gotta give.
Name: Steve R
1 of 3 Corruptions stands out like a sore thumb with statehood movement issue. Extensive corruptions during & after F Marcos declared martial law were the root causes of Hukbalahap, formed by Luis Taruc. When Taruc surrendered to President Magsaysay, his fighters who opted to continue their ‘cause’ became easy pickings for the Communist Party of the Philippines, CPP. Excerpts: “To the satisfaction of US imperialism, the Marcos dictatorship at first appeared to have succeeded in quelling the revolutionary mass movement, especially in the urban areas. But in fact, the massive repression and aggravation of the social crisis, despite the heavy inflow of foreign loans, served as stimulus to revolutionary work on a nationwide scale.”
Name: Steve R
2 of 3 CPP “aims to overthrow the Philippine government through armed revolution with its direct leadership over the New People's Army and National Democratic Front. The Communist Party of the Philippines was reestablished on December 26, 1968, coinciding with the 75th birthday of Mao Zedong, the Chinese communist leader of the People's Republic of China (PRC).” National Democratic Front NDF is the Political Arm of the CPP. It is mind boggling why voters elect NDF candidates. “According to Party documents, in the 1960's, a massive leftist unrest called First Quarter Storm occurred in the country to protest against the government policies, graft and corruption and decline of the economy during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos.”
Name: Steve R
3 of 3 Generally, corruptions are committed by elected trapos & those appointed by them. When voters who accept bribery, political dynasties, & regionalism are rolled into a ball of wax, that ball of wax becomes the enablers of corrupt elected & appointed govt. officials. Several comments with the same focus were posted in the past, but this 3 elements rolled into a ball of wax as the enabler of corruptions can never be over-emphasized until a workable number of honest elected officials are in place running the PH. Based from China’s words & action, PRC is will stand pat with their claim of the West PH Sea. Or decide to walk in-land as they have CPP, NDF, NPA & LFS busy trying to overthrow the PH govt.
Forget this topic. what we must do is to plan how to develop our country. and we must look the buwayas in the gov't. they are the real destroyer of our country. and the gov't should give full support to AFP, and create a research and development system for our defense. weapon and ship building are best idea.