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This post was edited by abramicus at 2015-6-3 18:58|
There used to be a song that was popular in the 1970's called "How Can I Tell Her About You?"
It goes something like this . . .
"How can I tell her about you?
Girl, please tell me what to do
Everything seems right whenever I'm with you
So girl, won't you tell me
how to tell her about you [the bewitching fantasy of a "Freedom Land" that does not really belong to the Philippines]
How can I tell her I don't miss her [the day-to-day, down-to-earth sovereignty of the real Philippine motherland]
whenever I am away
How can I say it's you I think of
every single night and day
But when is it easy telling someone the truth
Oh girl, help me tell her about you."
It encapsulates the present dilemma of the Philippine government in telling the Filipino people the truth about how it came to claim Spratly Islands as its sovereign territory, quite belatedly, in 1956, on the strength (or weakness) of the assertion of a Mr. Tomas Cloma that he "discovered" those islands, and that they belonged to nobody before he found them.
Of course, his claim is mistaken, grossly mistaken, as these islands have been taken over from China by the Japanese in 1939, and returned to China in 1945, and the Republic of China had physically planted a Chinese flag on the main island of the Spratly Group in 1946, and after it was uprooted by Mr. Tomas, replanted it in 1956 and even built a garrison on that Island, called Taiping in Chinese, and Itu Aba in Japanese.
After waxing poetic, heroic, and even romantic about it, the real dilemma of the Philippine govenment that is using this fake "sovereignty" issue to sell out its bases, its true sovereignty, and its real territory to the highest colonial bidder, is how can it tell the Filipino people about MR. TOMAS?