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This post was edited by abramicus at 2015-5-19 15:02|
Seneca, you seem to agree that the Filipino's are your burden as well. It was Kipling who said it, not me. I merely pointed it out to the readers who said it, and who he was referring to, because most Filipinos probably do not know, after fifty years of brainwashing by their adopted Father, how their real blood brothers were betrayed, and actually, after the McKinley mea culpa, were massacred by the tens of thousands, in order to call them their burden. A "burden" that the Filipino people never wanted to be to anybody, but were portrayed as being, after they were stripped of their national dignity, sovereignty and independence.
The Philippines was already an independent democratic republic BEFORE it was taken over by America. It did not need any "tutelage" in being what it had already won for itself by its own arms. The Filipino revolutionary army already has the Spaniards surrounded and isolated before the Battle of Manila Bay that was portrayed as an aid toward their self-rule, but like today's aid, will only end in their total servitude to whoever holds the gun in their soil.
A truly independent, mature Philippine sovereign government will have thrown out the false claims of discovery by Mr. Tomas, whose intentions are never clear, because the islands he claimed to have discovered were known to have been occupied by the Japanese in WWII, and returned to China under the terms of the Instrument of Surrender of Japan of 1945, with a Japanese garrison in Spratly Islands, called Itu Aba. When he put out an announcement to the whole world of his claim of discovering the Mischief Reef, China (then represented in the UN by the Republic of China in Taiwan) promptly sent ships to Itu Aba and erected a fort, in September 1956, long before anybody knew there were oil deposits in the seabed of the South China Sea. The truly honorable and independent way to solve the Spratly Island problem is to approach China in a bilateral talk with the request to share in at least the marine resources of the Spratly Islands, out of sheer proximity of some of these islands to the Philippines, in return for which the Philippines will recognize the sovereignty of China, which was a fact all along that the Philippine side first did not know of, and next, refused to accept against all facts for the sake of playing proxy in a geopolitical war against China in order to benefit from the military and economic aid that is attached to such a role. That is where the real MONEY is all about, foreign aid and for the generals, their ultimate ascendancy over the civilian government because of their possession of foreign arms in domestic soil, as what happened to Marcos in his last days. The loss of sovereignty for the Philippines in the present context of using foreign aid to deny China its factual ownership of the Spratly Islands, using the patently erroneous claims of Terra Nullius of Mr. Tomas, is more far-reaching politically, militarily and economically for the people of the Philippines than the failure of their government to grab an island that belongs to a China that did not design and have not done what amounted to the stealing of a nation's sovereignty, in 1899 and again in 1986, even though the country's sovereignty was salvaged by the patriotic efforts of some of its leading senators who saw the danger to their country's independence even as they welcomed the departure of Marcos. Today, that very same sovereignty that was nearly lost in 1986, is up for sale on the pretext of the need to defend an indefensible claim of sovereignty over islands that were known by international treaty and the previous acts of war of the Japanese empire to have belonged, not to communist China, as they wish to portray it as a later grab by the PRC, but to even the non-communist China based in Taiwan, that corrected the mistaken claim of Mr. Tomas, way back in 1956, before a single drop of oil was detected in the seabed of the South China Sea.
A truly mature and truly independent Philippine government, not one eyeing the role of a puppet, or a war proxy's pay, would have understood the situation as it really is, and begin bilateral negotiations with China on the joint exploitation of the marine resources of the Spratley Islands, where their EEZ's overlap, even while recognizing China's indisputable sovereignty over the islands themselves. This is where the Philippines would have won the case to bring its economic claims to the ITLOS if China refused to share in the resources of an overlap of their EEZ's, and in fact, China would have given the Philippines far more than it could have gotten in the ITLOS. But the Philippines wants to insist on denying Chinese soveriegnty, not just the PRC's but also the ROC's over the Spratly Islands because it is doing this on behalf of its new owners, or rather, old owners returning to their old perch in the power hierarchy of a politically naive President, whose father would have told him - GET REAL, GET THE DEAL, GET CHINA TO AGREE TO SHARE IN THE RESOURCES OF ISLANDS WHICH WE NEVER REALLY OWNED WHILE THE CHANCE TO DO SO IS WIDE OPEN.