The critical security threats to our marine resources here in Philippines are depressingly real. We don’t have enough soldiers, let alone, competitive technology and equipment, to protect our immensely rich marine life.
A comment from today’s news (http://news.yahoo.com/philippine-navy-standoff-chinese-ships-015620064.html):
“Eight Chinese fishing boats Illegally fishing for endangered species and destroying the marine environment at Scarborough Shoal — at what looks to be about 500 nautical miles from China — well outside any internationally agreed zone - oh, I forgot, China does not respect international laws or treaties unless they benefit China. But China is bigger so they can take whatever they want, send their warships into the territories of other countries, and bully anyone who dares speak up against them. What’s next? Are the Chinese going to claim the Hawaiian islands as “their 5000 years ago” property? Maybe they will try to take Okinawa back from Japan. After all, China ruled Okinawa during the middle ages.”
My thoughts as a realist: Of course, China can. But it most likely won’t. Hawaii and Okinawa have less resources compared to the entire Philippine archipelago. So why bother bullying those areas? xD
China has more than 1.3 BILLION people. They have the world’s largest army. They practically own the United States… So, while there are still people ridiculously claiming that there is such a thing as overpopulation in Philippines - without understanding the difference between “overdensity” and “overpopulation”, and the reality that the NSO figures on our *official* population (95.8 million++) are far, far different from the *ACTUAL* population (around 70 million only) because LGUs want bigger cuts from the IRA (pork barrel), and thereby tremendously bloating local population figures annually - China continues to bully its way to do what it wants even if it tramples on our national sovereignty.
So why aren’t Filipinos rallying its power against China?
Perhaps because most Filipinos would rather spend their precious time looking good (in the sense that they feel like they can do something when they only have to bully fellow Filipinos - and not Big China, hehehe!), inanely still debating over population control issues, which make them feel more in control instead of feeling helpless. O:
So, what to do?
Even if we are to peg our total Philippine population to a fictitious 100 million, that would still be less than 10% of China’s ACTUAL population to date.
Is it a good reason for the ASEAN to promote its unity to merely prepare to fight China? I reckon that such a move will only slow down China’s great destiny of being a huge contributor to world unity and global prosperity.
It is no accident that the Chinese are good in math, and that they are great in business. There is also a momentum in the richness of their culture. China is not a stranger to invasion and deception. Over the centuries, China has had its share of invaders and enslavers. Do we want to have a model of unity, that will simply fight a newly resurgent China? Or would we rather embrace China as a brother? as a friend? And give due recognition to its unique role to global prosperity?
There will be aberrant behaviours on the part of China along the way - but it is part of the process. Throughout all this, education is the one thing that will enable people to bring out the best within themselves. And bring that to bear on global development and prosperity.
Perhaps we can send more Filipino English teachers - instead of just soldiers and diplomats - to relate with China. Education is always the best way to cultivate virtues of love, oneness of humanity, respect, cooperation, and the like. #RantOver