Why do the Philippines always solve disputes with diplomacy? And why women should grab Kitty guns along with their lipsticks
05 May 2012
It’s been days that I have been reading a lot of write-ups concerning this ‘resource dispute’ over Scarborough Shoal at West Philippine Sea, China has been setting up structures on these disputed oil-rich, marine-resource rich islands claiming it’s theirs. Just today, Senator Enrile calls on the nation to support President Aquino on our claim on what is rightfully ours.
I’m suppose to write on a tone that would pass judgment on the Philippine Government to wage war against China – but it’s not the Philippine style. I figured out and the way Philippine Government is finding a way out of this dispute is through peaceful diplomacy – I almost forgot Filipino people made history in resolving supposed-to-be bloody revolution in a bloodless way – and it comes in no surprise why we’re doing this strategy again. My raw assumption is that, we can’t beat China’s military power head-on – let’s admit it, it’s better that way, our military is operating on logistics far below that of advanced nations armed forces does – hence, the idea of resolving this the intelligent way is by far the sharpest line of attack.
And oh, wait, didn’t we see this coming? Why had all our men dropped military training? I remember when I was in high school everyone is required to enroll CAT (Citizen’s Military Training) and get compulsory units in ROTC (Reserved Officer’s Training Course) in college – what happen? Philippine men are better off finding shelters under their momma’s skirts than building strength to later on be on guard of our sovereignty. This notion doesn’t just call unto men, women who are willing to hold guns along with lipsticks might as well reconsider – and if this happens we just have to augment provisions to protect them from exploitation – I demand.
Can somebody translate the map with bold Chinese characters on it? How can one nation claim a territory so far away from its mainland? Historically, wars waged in the Philippines were never hers, but if this escalates to some new scary, bloody level, I refused to think about it, then probably this is her first official warfare waged to defend its territory and as to what strategy and weaponry the Philippines will bring into play that remains to be seen.
Once thing is certain, Uncle Sam who is also interested to take part of the pie will play a part in and until then, waaaaah … am I watching drama too much, I’m imagining our mayor ordering that all men will prepare themselves and be pawned unto battle, oh no, we’re short of men in this household, I’ve no plans of doing ‘ala Mulan’ but probably willingly shoulder the gun and get into sea of battle and do lipstick retouch when allowed to, I look so bare in guns without lipstick. Gaaahhhhh, for christsake, why can’t China drill a hole in their yard and explore the bottoms of their earth, hell, I care less even if they pass the mantle and inner core, they’re way too brilliant to find a way out of there ….. why are they encroaching sea spaces they aren’t suppose to?
The odd part is that I’m caught between my adoration and detestation of this China-Phil issue, you know I’m a real fan of this ancient Chinese military guy named Sun Tzu and I wonder if ancient strategy can still be effective in today’s space and time and if it is so, it might be that … when the enemy is close at hand and remains quiet, he is relying on the natural strength of his position. When he keeps aloof and tries to provoke a battle, he is anxious for the other side to advance. If his place of encampment is easy of access, he is tendering a bait. – Sun Tzu. Both parties might have thought about this.