As usual, the media again got ahead of the right agencies authorised to do a proper investigation of the Reed Bank incident involving a Chinese vessel and a Filipino fishing boat. Not only that, they had hijacked the people and circumstances surrounding it to claim exclusive rights to what had become a perverse reality TV show.
In an astounding display of this perverse dramatisation, Lani Insigne wife of Junel, captain of the fishing boat that was allegedly rammed by a Chinese vessel at Reed Bank was somehow caught on video on the phone telling her husband not to proceed with a meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. How the media came to be so ready to capture that moment attests to their predatory ways.
Instead of informing the public, Philippine news media, it seems, is bent on inflaming an already explosive situation and turn Reed Bank into an international flash point.
There are so many conflicting reports about the boat sinking incident involving Filipino fishermen and a Chinese vessel. This is why it is wise to stay calm and let the facts come in first before condemning anyone.
STAND WITH THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG!
EXPOSE AND OPPOSE CHINA EXTRADITION!
The League of Filipino Students stands in solidarity with thousands of Hong Kong protesters, majorly led by students, in their fight against the proposed reading of pro-Beijing Hong Kong administration’s Extradition Bill.
You must strive to consolidate your ranks through studies, tasking of members and checking their work. Consolidation leads to immediate and long-term expansion. In fact it means you expand the number of the most conscious and most militant members. As part of consolidation, the current pool of members is also required to recruit new members.
Why would communists oppose their own motherland’s consolidation of their own authority over an outpost of capitalism — an affront to their state ideology — that they had tolerated for almost a hundred years? The People’s Republic of China, after all, is a communist state. One would expect that Filipino communists would be aware of that fact.
The astounding inconsistency of the “activism” of Filipino communists as evident in the baffling position its front organisations like the LFS would take is why they continue to fail to redeem their lost credibility.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the Philippine government is considering the option to “cut off diplomatic relations” with China if it is found that a Chinese vessel intentionally collided with a Philippine fishing boat and and then left its crew of 22 as their vessel sank.
Cutting ties with China will be a good thing for Filipinos. Without Chinese influence and having turned their backs to their former colonial master the United States, Filipinos will finally be forced to learn to be truly independent and self-reliant.
Can it be done?
It certainly can.
The Philippines is a resource rich nation. All it lacks is the skill to productively use its abundant natural resources and vast pool of workers and other human resources to create economic value. But in the age of the Internet, access to information has never been easier. Indeed, Filipinos only need to ditch their pathological dependence on foreign expertise and captial and take the time to actually learn how to do and make things on their own. In this way, they can build an economy that is self sufficient and not subject to the vicissitudes of the global market.
It’s time Filipinos learn to stand on their own two feet. Being without China, the US or any other generous foreign patron will be a much-needed kick in the ass for a people long accustomed to foreign meddlers bailing it out of problems of their own doing.
It seems the Chinese aren’t really a nice bunch of people. After a Chinese fishing vessel allegedly ramming and sank a Filipino boat, it left its crew of 22 to a possible death at sea. Neither the Chinese government nor Malacanang have made official statements on the matter beyond a statement issued by the Philippines’ Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana who described what happened as “not the expected action from a responsible and friendly people.”
This leaves a lot of people in a difficult situation. With a growing resident population of Chinese nationals in the Philippines, possible racial tensions could start to simmer. It also does not help that the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has cultivated a cozy relationship with China and has been viciously criticised for it by the Opposition.
There is a big lesson to be learnt here and it is that the Philippines needs to be more independent and self-directed in its conduct among its global peers. It is quite evident that there is a lack of healthy two-way respect between China and the Philippines. A relationship with no mutual respect is one that is doomed and may be potentially damaging if not rectified.
It was plain stupid of former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to enter Chinese territory after criticising China heavily and even going as far as filing a case against President XI Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC). If she really hates China and how it is run, why does she want to spend her holidays there?
What do you expect the Philippine Government to do, force China to allow Morales to enter Hong Kong? But that is exactly what some people are calling for…
But the Philippines also has a rule against foreign activists who speak ill of the govt. Remember how Sister Patricia Fox got deported after engaging in illegal activist activities? Why should China treat Morales any different? Morales is considered a threat to China after she filed a case against Pres Xi Jinping.
This incident proves all Yellows from the low ranking foot soldiers to the top generals are not very smart. Carpio-Morales is one of those yellows who despise China but can’t stop going to HongKong, eating Chinese food and buying products made in China. Carpio-Morales must be feeling humiliated. That’s what she needs – humble pie. China should take note of all anti-China advocates from the Yellow crowd and ban them from entering their territories.
Pity former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales. She is a former Philippine official who gets detained in and deported from Hong Kong like a common undesirable alien. That’s what you get when you file a case against a global superpower before a Mickey Mouse court such as that of the “International Criminal Court”.
Yellowtards still don’t get it. The world is not fair and it certainly won’t be fair to anyone just because they feel they are entitled to fairness. Not surprisingly this appeal to fairness is the only argument of Morales’s attorney Anne Marie Corominas…
“She has committed no crime. She’s only exercised her democratic rights as a Filipino citizen!” Corominas said.
Well now, tough shit, right? Perhaps Morales should file another case with the ICC this time for “unfair deportation”. We’ll wish her all the best of luck with that case.
Filipino singer Regine Velasquez recently made waves after responding to a tweet by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teddy Location essentially chiming in on a topic she clearly is not qualified to discuss.
I don’t mind celebrities voicing their opinion about politics and other issues outside of their skill set. What I do mind is their opinion being given more weight just because they are celebrities.
The above statement tweeted by “Asia’s Songbird” got away with baldly false assertions that include…
1) Implying Locsin is not very smart. (Guess again.)
2) Claiming that Scarborough shoal is part of Philippine territory. (It isn’t. Ownership is still being disputed. China doesn’t own it either.)
3) Insisting that she is a “simple” person. (She isnt. She is a celebrity.)
Perhaps, referring to that last point, she meant simpleton.
Just the same, three counts of false information in a single tweet. And yet Regine Velasquez — because she is a celebrity and because she literally parrots the Yellow narrative — is given a pass with fanfare.
The Yellow Opposition routinely apply a double standard when they call out — or cheer on — celebrities who issue poltical statements. If it is favourable to their narrative, they are “heroes”. If, on the other hand, they make statements disagreeable to the Yellow “cause” they are demonised as shills who have “no right” to be engaging in political partisanism.
Selective. Yellow. True colours shine through no matter the disguise.
According to this Inquirer report, “Bayan Muna on Saturday called on the government to protest the increasing presence of Chinese vessels circling the Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island), which it said may lead to heightened Chinese aggression.”
Now ain’t that rich?
On one hand, commies would routinely demonise the Philippine government and Filipino soldiers as their enemies then, on another, would issue idiotic statements like these for the campaign brownie points.
And, indeed, it is all about those brownie points. Turns out commie candidate Neri Colmenares is behind this latest commie ululation…
According to Bayan Muna chairman and Makabayan bloc senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares, there seems to be a coordinated effort by Chinese vessels to narrow and tighten areas that Filipino fishermen and other Philippine vessels can enter in our own territory.
I think Colmenares and his commie comrades in the New People’s Army (NPA) have lost the right to call the Philippine government to take action on whatever “issue” their pea brains come up with to use as fodder in their campaigns.
For that matter, why are they even participating in an election to begin with when their preferred method of taking power is to launch an armed terrorist struggle and install their “dictatorship of the proletariat”?
The present government is really no different to any preceding government. It is run by Pinoys, and therefore proposes Pinoy solutions to (perceived) Pinoy problems … which, more often than not, are actually symptoms, not the problem itself.
Pinoy leaders refuse to look outside of their narrow viewpoint because they can’t. They’re too Proud. To admit that they don’t know everything would strike at the very core of their being.
It will, unfortunately, take an outsider to fix this. My prediction is that China will try to frame the Philippines as a threat to international stability (which, in fact, it is) and use that as an excuse to install a “peacekeeping force”. This will then be used as a beachhead for an economic takeover and de facto colonization. If Xi manages to consolidate his stranglehold over the CCP, this could happen before 2030.
Up to a point, that would be good for the country. The culture of violence, stupidity and laziness will not be tolerated, and that will fix a lot of problems. On the other hand, if you could choose your occupier, I personally wouldn’t choose China. It would be far better to call for international assistance now, while you can still do it on your own terms.
So suddenly there are Filipino-Chinese, Hong Kong Chinese, Taiwanese Chinese and Mainland Chinese. This comes as hating the People’s Republic of China has suddenly become a fashion statement for the Philippines’ chi chi “activists” who presume to protest the visit of its president Xi Jinping this week.
The interesting thing with this sudden specificity when it comes to categorising ethnic Chinese people is that it comes from a people who are renowned for unilaterally “repatriating” ethnic Filipinos who are citizens of other countries when they achieve something of global consequence.
Indeed it is fashionable and a rich source of virtue-signalling fodder for American citizens of Filipino ethnic background to identity with their “motherland” half a planet away. You wonder then. Is it right for Filipinos who are famous for this sort of thinking to be categorising ethnic Chinese people?
This just goes to show what big hypocrites Filipino fashionista “activists” are and how hopelessly incoherent their ideological grounding is.