Spratly Spratly…

11 Jun

Matagal ng usapin kung kanino ba talaga ang kapuluan ng Spratly at patunay dito ang hanggang ngayo’y palitan ng matatapang na salita mula sa iba’t ibang bansang nais umangkin dito. Kamakailan lamang ay nagsalita ang Chinese Ambassador na si Liu Jianchao pahinggil sa pagbabawal sa iba’t ibang bansa na galugarin ang Spratly island sa posibilidad na maraming langis sa islang ito.

What’s alarming?

Ang Malacanang ay naglabas ng kanilang statement pahinggil sa isyu na ito at nais nitong resolbahin ang nasabing isyu sa diplomatikong pamamaraan. Sa aking pananaw ito’y nararapat lang dahil sino ba naman ay may nais ng gulo. Subalit sa ibayong usapin at sa worst case scenario, kung ipag giitan ng China ang kanilang claim sa isla, may magagawa ba ang Pinas para dito. Are we prepared for it, given na apat na sundalo lang at isang aso ang nagbabantay sa tatlong isla sa Kalayaan group of Island na pag-aari ng Pinas?

Sa panayam sa AFP na aking napanood, ang sabi ng isang opisyal ay handa raw ang Estados Unidos na suportahan ang Pinas kung sakaling humantong sa ganitong kalagayan ang isyu sa Spratly. Napakalinaw na hindi handa ang ating pamahalaan hinggil sa proteksyon ng ari-arian ng Pilipinas. Bakit? Bakit ka nyo? Andito na naman po tayo sa paulit-ulit na usapin, Nasaan ang pondo para sa ating AFP at iba pang ahensya para sa proteksyon ng mamamayan.

Another VFA?

Kung humantong sa away ng bansa ang isyu sa Spratly Island, nangangahulugan ba na ang pagtanggap natin ng supota mula sa Estados Unidos ay pagtanggap din natin ng another or continued Visiting Forces Agreement. Aba’y parang panahon lang ng Katipunan ano ho? Paulit -ulit lang.

Here’s comes the Paniningil

Hoy Pinas tinulungan kita na resolbahin ang mga isyu na kinakaharap mo noong mga nakaraan, ngayon maniningil na ko. Ano ba kapalit ng pagtulung nyo? Aba’y yan ang aabangan ko.

Sa ngayon ako’y makikinig, magmamasid, manonood at magsusulat.

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6 Responses to “Spratly Spratly…”

  1. Anthony Gaupo June 12, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    oo nga. elementary pa lang ako naririnig ko na yung issue na to. Baka nga hindi pa ako buhay nandian na yan e HAHAHA.

    Ito lang yung gumugulo sa isip ko, what if it came to a point na china became the most powerful country that everyone, or most of the countries, highly depends on their economy (just like america), ano na pipiliin natin. To get a help from them but give up the island or remain underdevelop but own the island?

    The problem with us kasi is that we don’t know what to do with our limited resources. What if nasa atin nga yung island pero hindi naman natin alam kung paano gagamitin yung oil minerals nito. Im not putting a line to phil government capabilities. my point is, how sure we are that if we legally own the island, madedevelop to at magiging source of income ng bansa natin?

    i hope i make a point on this issue. 🙂

  2. Olegs June 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Sa scenario na yan, makikita natin ang vulnerabilities ng ating bansa dahil sa sistemang minana na natin sa mga dati nating mga pangulo. Kung magmamasid tayo at mananaliksik, makikita natin na dahil sa atrasadong mga priyoridad nila, nahirapan na tayong i-assert ang ating “political will” especially sa sensitive cases like territorial claims. Not to mention ang mga domestic issues na matagal na dapat natugonan ng ating bansa.

    Uugatin ko ito matapos ang ikalawang digmaang pandaigdig. July 4, 1946, the United States “granted” us full control over our territorial jurisdiction. Bunga ito ng Tydings-Mcduffie Act prior ng WWII. As adviser daw, tuturuan daw tayo ng governance hanggang ready na tayo. Ngunit hindi naman lahat ng bagay ay ganung kadali lang; With conditions siyempre kaya we are taught that the US style of governance is the best style for our country. Sa economics, ganun dun. Dapat daw, we are suppose to open our market and resource to the American. Free market kasi eh, neo-liberal. Hence our 1:1 ratio of Philippine Peso to US dollars para madali ma-consume ang American products ng mga pinoy. Cold War din nung panahon na yun and being a little brown brother natin sa mga Kano ang ating foreign policy ay nakatuon sa pagsuporta sa Estados Unidos mapa-ekonomiya at mapa- pulitika at mapa-militar. Kaya nga may American bases sa Philippines nuon for the purpose of stopping and isolating the communist China and USSR and demonstrating their strength in the Asia-Pacific region. Also, to assist the Philippines in its own effort to stop the spread of communists in the countryside; counter-insurgency baga. We received generous military aids from the US due to our subservience to their policy.

    Due to that symbiotic relationship, the Philippines got the impression that the US will always come to the rescue of the Philippines. After the Iron Wall collapsed, so is the Soviet Union. Cold war ended and the US’ stay in our country was not renewed. China’s economy grew after the death of Mao. It had a steady growth of economy after Deng Xiao Ping’s economic reforms. At the end of the Cold War, it is already capable of developing its military so it can flex its muscles in asserting its claims especially in Spratlys. The Philippines on the other hand still continued to use the American formula of political-economy. It continued to liberalize its economy at the sake of national sovereignty. Where China succeeded, the Philippines failed. The Philippines continued its military formula to political problems. Counter-insurgency conflicts siphoned our country’s coffers. Corruption plundered millions of pesos, funds that could hopefully be used for education, health service, infrastructures, housing, food, national security.

    Due to mismanagement cause by the usage of wrong political and economic models, here we are now. We are not able to take a firm stand except on diplomatic means. Like Ramon said, diplomacy still is the best way. But due to this kind of scenario where incursions and bullying happens in the Spratlys, we as a state cannot flex its muscles because we don’t have any muscles at all. We still continue to rely on the US despite its recent statement that it will not meddle into the South East Asia problem. Of course, The “Tuwid na Daan” slogan is a very late because we should have done that long ago. The only bullet left I guess is where the US will come into the picture, WITH CONDITIONS!

  3. monparica June 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    @tony, I believe kaya naman ng gobyerno na magamit ang resources na meron tayo sa Spratly given nga yung sinabi ni Olegs na kung ipaprioritize ba ito. Kung titignan mo, makikita mong ung malampaya gas research sa palawan ay nagagamit naman ang problema lang siguro kung magkakaroon ng pondo para dito.

    Dun sa opinion mo na what if China became the most powerful country, i think it’s happening already hindi lang natin napapansin o maaring nangyayari na pero hesitant pa rin tayo na i admit ung ganitong estado ng China.

    Napakalaki ng contribution ni olegs hinggil sa usapin ng What if? ni tony kasi sinabi nya dito na napagtuunan ng China na palakasin din ang kanilang armed forces hindi lang ang kanilang ekonomiya kaya sa ngayon kung titignan natin parang ang lagay ng China at ginagawa nya na lang ay “seat back and relax” while waiting for something big that will come to their way to claim the world. (We don’t know what they have in mind?) but tracing the data ano ba ang mafoformulate mong tanong given sa mga nagawa na nila at ginagawa pa sa ngayon. Ako ang tanong ko, San patutungo ung ginagawa ng China ngayon?

  4. Olegs June 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    http://olegs87.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/caught-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place/

    Eto na bok ang response ko. May mga edit akong ginawa pero halos yan din yung reply ko. Sana may sense ang sinasabi ko! Hehehe! 😀

  5. Olegs June 13, 2011 at 1:08 am #

    I strongly believe, Tony and Ramon, that China is already posing to “REPLACE” the United States as a world hegemon. That means a leader-country at the pinnacle of power ready to assert its authority and influences to other countries in its periphery. Well siguro, not necessarily world hegemon but a regional hegemon. Pero dun din ang punta nun.

    As for the Philippines, we should learn to assert our self-determination. Matututunan lang natin yun kung tayo mismo ay matututong “humindi” kahit sa mga qualms ng ating allies like EU and the US. Meron tayong sariling mandate and dapat we should stick to it. At the same time, we should also discipline the oligarchs so as not to influence our state in its fulfilling its obligation as a duty bearer. We owe it to ourselves and the future generation.

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