China Sea. Image from The New York Times (Click on image to
"Through prayer and fasting, one can stop wars, one can
suspend the laws of nature."
Blessed Mother Mary to
Mirjana, Medjugorje visionary, July 21, 1982
pictures have now exposed to the world China's secret immoral rushed
construction of extensive military bases, runways and stations in seven
different areas deep inside the Philippines' UN defined 200 mile
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Massive fortified buildings and runways
are at advance stages of construction in expanded reefs and islands.
driving force behind these constructions is China's demonic plan to own
and control the Philippines' enormous oil and marine resources. To
sustain continuous economic growth, China needs a constant supply of
energy. She is now the world's biggest importer of oil, most of it from
Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The fish and other foods from vast
Philippine marine resources can also feed millions.
However, having legitimate needs does not justify stealing resources
from other people who also need them. But China's leaders show no
concern for moral niceties.
see the Philippines as a weak, dysfunctional, corrupt, nation with
practically no military power whose enormous natural resources are easy
to take. They expect Filipinos to be helpless and frozen with fear when
they invade and establish military bases in Philippine territory. They
can then easily own and control vast energy and marine resources. Their
expectations have so far been proven to be true.
Their only concern: If the U.S., the Philippines' powerful ally -
interferes and stops them. But when disputes escalated between China and
the Philippines, the U.S. announced that she will not interfere in
territorial disputes. This encouraged China to send more naval and
fishing boats inside Philippine waters. Meeting no resistance, they
proceeded to rush the construction of military bases and stations.
these are completed - bombers, fighter planes, helicopters, missiles,
warships, gunboats and thousands of military personnel will be stationed
there. It will then be a cakewalk for them to install their giant super
oil rigs and also control the fishing over thousands of square miles of
Philippine territory. They will exclude the Philippines from benefiting
from her own vast energy and marine resources.
essentially is China's game plan. Any other representations by Chinese
officials to the contrary are nothing but sneaky misdirecting cover-ups.
Upon the global community's discovery of these bases, a Chinese
spokesperson immediately announced the obvious lie that these
constructions were to be used merely as service stations for fishermen.
these bases are completed, the national security of the Philippines and
surrounding countries and the welfare of generations of Filipinos and
other nationalities will in effect be perpetually threatened - as it
will then be practically impossible to dismantle them.
Relevant background information: The now detained previous Philippine
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo facilitated China's extensive oil
exploration of Philippine waters from 2005 to 2008 - in exchange for all
kinds of personal considerations. She authorized the treasonous Joint
Marine Seismic Undertaking (JMSU) which shocked many foreign observers.
The obvious sellout resulted in serious consequences for the
discovering the enormous oil reserves in Philippine waters, China
conceived of a bold devious plan to own and control the precious black
gold. In addition, they would also get the Philippines' vast fishing
domain as an added benefit.
justified their imaginative plan with obvious fictions. They started by
claiming ownership of the whole South China Sea on the basis of
ludicrous reasons which cannot possibly legally stand upon scrutiny.
They absolutely know this but they don't care: "Might makes right." is
their only actual real raw brute argument.
claim that various ancient Chinese maps show that the whole South China
Sea belong to them - including the Philippines' 200 mile Exclusive
Economic Zone as defined by the United Nation's Convention on the Law of
the Seas (UNCLOS) which China in fact signed in 1996. They have not
publicly shown any of these supposed maps. In response, Philippine
Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio publicly exhibited authentic
ancient maps. None of them supported China's claims.
assuming that there are such maps, these cannot give legal ownership
rights to China over such an area as the Philippines 200 mile EEZ.
Historical events over time cause changes in national boundaries. The
Philippines was under Spain, then under Great Britain, back to Spain,
then under the United States, then to the Japanese, back to the United
States, then independence. China's legal ownership claim based on
ancient maps is pure garbage. Italy might as well also claim ownership
of Europe and parts of Africa because these were once under the Roman
further supplement their ridiculous territorial ownership claim - they
conveniently adopted another fiction concocted in 1947 by an unknown
official in Chiang Kai Shek's Kuomintang government. The official
arbitrarily drew a U shaped line composed of eleven dashes on a map of
the South China Sea. Nobody really knows whether he just wanted to show
the extent to which Chinese fishermen could go fishing or maybe was just
fantasizing that Chiang's government might someday own a huge designated
area. In any case, no formal or any kind of territorial claim was ever
made by Chiang's government based on this map which later became known
as the "nine dash line map" - as the eleven dashes were later shortened
Clearly, an action by a government claiming territory based on an
arbitrarily drawn line on a map neither has any legal or other rational
authority that can be taken seriously. As such, the map was just
mothballed. It was never used for any formal territorial claim.
is, not until China discovered the massive oil deposits in Philippine
waters. Then suddenly, on May 7, 2009, China started using the concocted
Kuomintang government's 9 dash line map together with the supposed
ancient maps as a basis for claiming ownership of a whole ocean plus the
territories of other nations.
Philippines has filed a complaint against China in the International
Tribunal on the Law of the Seas (ITLOS) but China announced that she
will not participate in the proceedings nor honor its decision. Of
course, she will have an ice block's chance in hell to win there.
However, since no force is stopping China, her rushed military
constructions have proceeded merrily along in Philippine waters.
a year ago, I found out about China’s initial base construction in
Philippine territory. I immediately wrote about the dangerous
implications of increasing Chinese aggression on Philippine security and
economic interests. I urged Philippine officials to persistently seek
logistical and moral support from our powerful allies and immediately
destroy this Chinese project. But great fear can shrivel and fossilize
people’s minds. Like so many of our citizens - they believe that we are
helpless and alone against China’s military might. We are not. We have
powerful allies and countries friendly to us.
Ironically, by announcing that we are limiting our options only to the
ITLOS action, China in effect received continuing effective notice that
they could proceed with their rushed constructions without interference.
Now, not only one but seven deadly military bases and stations are
already in advance stages of constructions.
a lawyer and I respect the rule of law. But what if you are faced with
the reality that the other side has a Mafia mentality and acts in bad
faith with no respect for the law nor for you. Then you had better face
reality and defend yourself as appropriate or you will get slaughtered.
even if we don't have the admirable courage of the Vietnamese and the
Israelites in facing powerful enemies, heaven has recently favored us.
Because of the alarming satellite pictures showing China's extensive
military base constructions - the U.S. together with the other most
powerful industrialized countries in the world - Japan, U.K., Germany,
France, Italy, Canada, known as the Group of Seven (G-7) - have now
become aware of China's violations of international law, it's aggression
and apparent greed based malicious plans. A powerful joint collective
statement was issued a few days ago by the G-7 countries, specifically
referring to China's Philippine territory constructions:
strongly oppose any attempt to assert territorial or maritime claims
through the use of coercion, intimidation and force....
call on all states to pursue the peaceful management or settlement of
maritime disputes in accordance with international law, including
through internationally recognized legal disputes settlement mechanisms,
and to fully implement any decisions rendered by relevant courts and
tribunals which are binding on them."
G7 countries also called for the protection of the delicate marine
environment which are being damaged extensively because of China's
President Barrack Obama himself did not mince words when he strongly
criticized China for using "sheer size and muscle" to intimidate and
"elbow" smaller countries. This was preceded just days before by
statements from U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Harry Harris and Defense
Secretary Ashton Carter declaring that the U.S. is prepared to use
military force against China if necessary.
These policy statements were followed a few days later by massive war
exercises involving around 12,000 military personnel from the
Philippines, U.S. and Australia near China's bases construction sites
which is still ongoing.
China's more responsible leaders and citizens should immediately stop
the construction of these military bases in Philippine territory to
serve their interests. The very strong collective expressions of
warnings from the most powerful nations on earth are telling China in no
uncertain terms that its rogue nation bullying behavior is not
These military bases threaten not only the Philippines' national
security and economic interests but also those of the G7 and other
countries as well. They also threaten world order and peace. And they
also threaten as well the security and safety of the Chinese people.
These bases can lead to a terrible war which no one wants. The world
cannot allow them to exist. They have to be destroyed one way or
US Pinoys call on Blessed Virgin Mary for help
Since China respects neither international law nor moral law, a group of
influential Filipino-Americans believes that asking help from a higher
authority to protect the Philippines from China's aggression is
US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG) has passed a unanimous resolution
calling to Filipinos in the Philippines and all over the world - to pray
to the Blessed Mother and to her son Jesus Christ to protect the
Philippines from China's aggression. Consistent with Christian tradition
when asking for favors from our Blessed Mother or from our Lord, those
who wish may fast at least one day a week ingesting only bread and water
or doing some other form of sacrifices. She is the Patron Saint of the
USPGG is also respectfully asking Cardinal Luis Tagle, other church
officials , priests, brothers, nuns and laymen - to support this
important sacred call for prayer and fasting - and announce this call in
schools, Sunday masses and other venues.
Under the protection of our Blessed Mother and her son Jesus, even with
its mighty army, the dragon will not prevail. Let us also pray for the
good Chinese people. They are not our enemy. The darkness and the evil
in the minds and hearts of their leaders are the real enemy. They also
cause much pain and danger to the Chinese people.
Please air this call to all Filipinos and ask them to do the same. We
are praying peacefully for our future and the future of generations of
Atty. Ted Laguatan is a U.S. based human rights lawyer
and California State Bar certified expert on Immigration Law.
Tel: (650) 991-1154