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This post was edited by abramicus at 2015-5-18 05:39|
seneca Post time: 2015-5-17 21:29
The White Man who had come to carry the natives' burden has gone, and in his wake have come the Ch ...
Seneca, you are trying to pull wool over the eyes of the Filipino people again. The Battle of Manila is about the sovereignty of an entire nation. So far, ever since the mistaken claim of the Spratly Islands by the Philippines since 1956, on the theory it was Terra Nullius simply because Mr. Tomas thought he was the first discoverer of the islands (which shows how late, in fact, was the Philippine "discovery" of the Spratly Islands), there has been no military operation by China to evict its misguided and misinformed occupiers for nearly 60 years.
In contrast, it took the Fillipinos' erstwhile "ally" and "liberators" only two weeks to begin military action to evict the entire army of the First Philippine Republic, then about 20,000-strong, from their own capital, upon hearing of the ratification of the First Philippine Republic on January 23, 1899, by starting a gunfight with a Filipino patrol on February 4, 1899, on the outskirts of Manila.
Two short weeks!
And, it was not about some outlying islands being contested. It was about the sovereignty of the entire Philippine nation, already legally established ahead of the Battle of Manila on February 4-5, 1899, and the subsequent rushed ratification of the Treaty of Paris by the US Congress on February 6, 1899.
And now, the Philippines wants more foreign troops stationed inside her sovereign territory, on the theory that they would help defend Philippine soveriegnty, when in fact, they have already begun to diminish it from its the very core to its periphery, by limiting the scope of action of their own government?
The historical amnesia of the Philippine people can be forgiven, because when China was plying the South China Sea, it was being ruled by the Spanish colonists, who made them focus on growing crops that their mother Spain needed, such as tobacco, sugar and palm. As their own documents prove, they were unaware of even the existence of the Spratly Islands until 1956, and thought they "discovered" it.
Now, compound that with its historical amnesia for "what happened to the First Philippine Republic" and you can understand how its current leaders are adopting a "solution" to China that they had applied to Spain, with catastrophic results. Not only was Aguinaldo eventually captured two years and two months after the ratification of the First Philippine Republic by traitors (whom the Filipino people never really cared to identify and castigate), so was one of its past Presidents captured and kept in Hawaii, for keepsake. And, historically, these were the two most powerful presidents the Philippine people ever had, morals aside.
The best evidence of the continual erosion of the core sovereignty of the Philippines is its gradual loss of control over one of its richest islands, Mindanao, that makes its Spratly claims look like chump change. Foreign powers are fully involved and invested in the outcome of the negotiations between the Philippine government and the "rebels", which is not bad in itself, were it not for the fact that it leaves wide open the door for full secession, that can be facilitated by the same foreign powers mediating the peace. A bird in hand (Mindanao) is worth more than a dozen birds in the bush (Spratly Islands), especially when they were not "discovered" by the Philippines until 1956, which was 11 years after it achieved independence, and really belonged to China for the past thousand years.