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YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!

From the standpoint of Asian history, the Philippines, being born in the womb of Spanish colonial conquest, cannot be blamed for being the victim of repeated waves of strategic deception.  First, it thought of itself as a child of Spain, calling its colonists, Mother Spain.  Then, it thought of its next rulers as its father.  Finally, it was roughly shaken to its bones by its Japanese brother.  Now, on the verge of finally waking up to the fact that the Philippines had all these centuries existed in a world that belonged for the most part to the most populous nation in the world, with five thousand years of history of plying the seas and visiting the islands surrounding her, without her own knowledge, it is being told that all these islands it now sees with its blindfold taken off, are discovered by itself and therefore owned by itself, once again deceiving its people to accepting foreign intervention and aid, "in order to achieve true independence", when all it needs to do is to know the TRUTH, that these islands it is seeing for the first time as its own, had belonged to its neighbor for more than a thousand years, and that it does not need to depend on foreign aid to become independent, to have foreign troops stationed at every strategic base it has in order to be independent, when all it needs is to use the knowledge of the truth to set its course straight, and negotiate with its neighbors for its right of use of land and resources so close to its real sovereign territory, in exchange for its recognition of the right of sovereignty of its giant neighbor, who has been patiently waiting for the Philippine people to wake up from its slumber, and yes, to join the feast awaiting them.

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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.




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Seneca, you seem to agree that the Filipino's are your burden as well.  It was Kipling who said it,  ...



Well said.


The Battle of the Manila Bay was a mock battle staged by the U.S. Military in order to wrest control of the Philippines from the Spanish Army which had been all but defeated by the Filipinos since the Philippine Revolution of 1896. The U.S.A. then betrayed the Filipinos by agreeing to "buy" the Philippines from Spain for the measly sum of US$ 20 million in the Treaty of Paris in 1898.

What followed next was the Philippine-American War as recalled by Aguinaldo:

I need not dwell on the cruelty which, from the time of the commencement of hostilities, has characterized General Otis’s treatment of the Filipinos, shooting in secret many who declined to sign a petition asking for autonomy. I need not recapitulate the ruffianly abuses which the American soldiers committed on innocent and defenseless people in Manila, shooting women and children simply because they were leaning out of windows; entering houses at midnight without the occupants’ permission–forcing open trunks and wardrobes and stealing money, jewellery and all valuables they came across; breaking chairs, tables and mirrors which they could not carry away with them, because, anyhow, they are consequences of the war, though improper in the case of civilized forces. But what I would not leave unmentioned is the inhuman conduct of that General in his dealings with the Filipino Army, when, to arrange a treaty of peace with the Civil Commission, of which Mr. Schurman was President, I thrice sent emissaries asking for a cessation of hostilities.

Oh, dear Philippines! Blame your wealth, your beauty for the stupendous disgrace that rests upon your faithful sons.

You have aroused the ambition of the Imperialists and Expansionists of North America and both have placed their sharp claws upon your entrails!

Loved mother, sweet mother, we are here to defend your liberty and independence to the death! We do not want war; on the contrary, we wish for peace; but honourable peace, which does not make you blush nor stain your forehead with shame and confusion. And we swear to you and promise that while America with all her power and wealth could possibly vanquish us; killing all of us; but enslave us, never!!!

The U.S. Military went on a rampage -- killing, stealing, raping, torturing, massacring civilians including entire villages -- a feat that it had learned from the so-called "Indian Wars" in America which it later applied to the Philippines. Ignorant of their own history, Filipinos are committing the same mistake today by misplacing their unfounded trust in their alleged protector -- the U.S. Military -- the same institution responsible for turning the Philippine-American War into the first recorded GENOCIDE of the 20th Century, a historical fact conveniently ignored by most history textbooks including those in the Philippines.

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PIVOT TO ASIA - PART I:  THE PHILIPPINE GENOCIDE (1899-1903)

From the outbreak of the war between the Otis Army and the First Philippine Republic, on February 4, 1899, used as a pretext to sway the US Congress to ratify the Treaty of Paris on February 6, 1899, by one vote over the required 2/3 majority, to the final pacification of the Philippine Islands that erupted in guerrilla warfare lasting several years thereafter, an estimate of the number of Filipinos (men, women and children) who died in the carnage can be estimated from the population census figures.

The Spanish conducted a census in 1887 that showed a population of 6,984,727, and in 1898 that showed a population of 7,832,719, by which time, in December, 1898, the Spanish were almost completely defeated and holed up in a Spanish fort in Manila awaiting reinforcements which would never come.

The next census conducted by American forces in 1903 showed a population of 7,635,426.  Based on the population growth rate estimated from the 1887 and 1898 censuses of 1.047% per year, the population of the Philippines as of 1903 should have been 8,251,486.  Compared to the actual census count of 7,535,426, there is a gap of 616,060.  Where did these 616,060 souls go?  The only natural or manmade calamity that could have reduced the population by so much at that time was the war between the First Philippine Republic and its remnants and the Otis Army.

This equals 8% of the population that died or disappeared as a result of the Indian Wars perpetrated on what was the first US colony in Asia.  The Philippine genocide of 1899-1903 (longer in some areas still) until total pacification of the major provinces of nearly 10% of its population was the result of the First Pivot to Asia.  The human cost of the next Pivot to Asia, if it involves 10% of the population of China, would equal about 130 million people, which is not unachievable with modern weapons of mass destruction.  But since China would almost certainly retaliate, another 130 million of those who attacked her, added to the casualty total, would not be unthinkable.  Before the next McKinley-Otis team pushes this Pivot to Asia II to its logical conclusion, it helps to learn the mistakes of history, to avoid repeating them all over again, on a much, much larger, intercontinental scale.

IF THE PHILIPPINES REALLY WANTED THE MARINE RESOURCES OF THE SPRATLY ISLANDS IT CLAIMS, ALL IT HAS TO DO IS DECLARE THEM AS WITHIN ITS EEZ, AND THEN NEGOTIATE WITH CHINA ON SHARING ITS RESOURCES, WITHOUT CHALLENGING CHINA'S SOVEREIGNTY OVER ITS ISLANDS WITHIN IT.  THIS IS THE TRUE INTENT OF THE UNCLOS AND THE ACTUAL SCOPE OF ITLOS, ON WHICH THE PHILIPPINES WOULD BE ON SOLID GROUND.  THE ATTEMPT TO DENY CHINA'S INCONTROVERTIBLE SOVEREIGNTY OVER THESE ISLANDS CEDED BACK TO HER BY JAPAN AS PART OF ITS TERMS OF SURRENDER IN 1945 IS A SLEIGHT OF HAND, TO SUBSTITUTE AN UNACHIEVABLE FOREIGN GEOPOLITICAL AGENDA IN LIEU OF THE PHILIPPINES LEGITIMATE, ACHIEVABLE NATIONAL INTEREST, AND IS NOT PATRIOTISM, BUT A SELLING OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES BY ITS POLITICIANS.






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