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Saturday, 21 July 2012 19:41

 

 

JGL Eye Column

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(© 2012 Journal Group Link International)

 

C HICAGO (jGLi) – China’s dominant faiths are Buddhism and Taoism but it seems, its leaders also draw lessons from Biblical teachings.

 

China, in its effort to assert its dominance over the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) region, would only settle its territorial disputes in Philippine Western Sea (formerly South China Sea) directly with one ASEAN neighbor at a time, not before a collection of countries.

 

This is akin to Filipino expression: isa-isa lang, mahina ang kalaban (take one enemy at a time, the challenger is weak.)

 

This manner of conducting its foreign affairs appears to have taken off from “divide-and-rule” strategy, which is one way of maintaining political, military and economic dominance by breaking up larger concentrations of power.

 

Why face the whole army when you have a better chance at subduing a lonesome soldier? 

 

I reviewed the English translation of Sun Tzu’s Art of War but I cannot find this nugget.

 

But when you go over some of the Christian writings, you will note that Christian religion is replete with stories of Roman soldiers like Constantine, The Great, using the Holy Cross and invoking the Greek phrase, in hoc signo vinces (in this sign you will conquer) or Julius Caesar’s comment, “Veni, vidi, vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered.)

 

And unbeknownst to China, its leaders, in pursuing its an aggressive foreign policy, have set aside Sun Tzu’s Art of War, and are now playing into the ways of the Christian religion it persecutes, if not marginalizes. The manner of padding territories has been observed for centuries by Roman ruler Caesar, the French emperor Napoleon and many other warlords throughout the world and is deeply rooted in the Bible.

 

"CHALLENGE ME, I WILL BREAK YOU UP" – GOD

 

K nowing that God had promised Noah after the Great Flood that never again would God punish the sinners and the wicked by streaking a rainbow in the sky, Noah’s great grandson, Nimrod started challenging God’s authority by building a tower that would reach the Heavens.

 

When God learned about this, God “confounded their (the people's) speech,” and “confused their languages, and they left off building the city (and the tower), which was called Babel (Genesis 11:508).

 

By dividing the people which was done by letting them speak different languages so they would not understand each other, God was able to rule over His people.

 

Although many countries under the ten-nation ASEAN, like Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos, are under the sphere of influence of China just as the Philippines is under the United States, China would still not take chances of fully implementing the Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the Philippine Western Sea (South China Sea) before ASEAN, for fear that China could lose.

 

That’s why when the chair of ASEAN, Cambodia, did not adopt a communiqué last week, it was a clearest sign yet that China had pulled out all the stops just to keep the DOC from being considered by the ASEAN.

 

As a result, I would now strongly suggest that the Philippines takes the matter to the next level by taking its territorial dispute with China before either the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Germany or the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, The Netherlands.

 

At ITLOS or ICJ, the Philippines has a better chance of obtaining justice than the home-cooked ASEAN grouping.

 

CHINA AFRAID NOT DEALT A STRONG SUIT IN ITLOS & ICJ

 

C hina will realize that there is likelihood that at ITLOS or ICJ, it could lose its edge.

 

It will also expose to the whole world that China does not know how to nurture and keep its friendly relations with its former ally, like Vietnam, which was within its sphere of influence. Vietnam, which drew principal support from China, in defeating U.S. during Vietnam War, is now distancing itself from China and is warming up its relations with the United States.

 

Chinese Navy brutally attacked Vietnamese in 1988 when Vietnam tried to assert jurisdiction over one of the Paracel Islands abutting Vietnam, leaving 64 Vietnamese killed and 61 more missing and believed dead and some Vietnamese vessels destroyed.

 

But last April 2, 2012, the police of Palau, a tiny island east of the Philippines, shot dead a Chinese fisherman while Palau’s police spotter plane with three men (a United States-licensed pilot and two police officers) went missing and were feared dead in a dramatic confrontation off the Palau’s Pacific territorial waters declared as the world’s first shark sanctuary in 2009. The sanctuary bans shark fishing in its exclusive economic zone, which covers almost 630,000 square kilometers of the northern Pacific.

 

The Chinese fisherman died in a hail of bullets designed to stop a Chinese vessel fishing illegally in Palau waters while five men were taken from burning ship and have been charged with unlawful entry and illegal fishing in Palau waters.

 

Palau President Johnson Toribiong confirmed a spotter plane was dispatched to document the PRC (China) mothership after being burned by its crew to destroy the ship and its cargo when the plane radioed that its navigational systems had failed and had run out of fuel.

 

The muted protest of China after Palau’s killing of the Chinese fisherman and arrest of five Chinese poachers is so deafening that a small island of 20,000 could shame a giant and oppressive neighbor.

 

I suggest President Aquino invite Palau President Toribiong to a state visit to the Philippines so he can pick up the brains of Toribiong on how to shame China, which is claiming a Philippine territory in Philippine Western Sea.

 

If China would not give up its claim over Philippine Western Sea territories, the Philippine government should warm up to the suggestion of Filipino American businesswoman and lawyer Loida Nicolas Lewis and some Vietnam NGO’s to appeal to the Filipinos and Vietnamese everywhere to boycott China products.

 

In addition to the China boycott, if Filipinos are buying any product, they should be brand conscious by buying products only that are not made in China.

 

And if China keeps its aggression in Philippine waters, the Philippines should join Vietnam in charging China with engaging in War on Terrorism, by accusing China of intruding into Philippine waters and should join Vietnam in complaining against China for the massacre of Vietnamese in 1988 in Paracel Island as shown in this" target=_blank mce_href="/"> footage. The two countries can even seek sanctions against China before the United Nations. # # #

 

Editor’s Note: To contact the author, please e-mail him at: (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)



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Comments (5)
1 Sunday, 22 July 2012 15:46
Dear Joseph,
Thank you, very much, for keeping me updated on this matter, which is of huge interest to me.
This "glorious" "military" action on the part of the Chinese horde vividly illustrates what this oh-so-refined people is capable of. It leaves no doubt in our minds that preparedness against those savages is a capitally serious topic. They are, no doubt, our enemy. And the Philippines shall not be trod upon again, ever. The last such offence came from the Japs. If the Chinese try anything cute, they shall discover who they were unwise to mess with.
I am not aware of what, if any, outcry was heard on an international level regarding 14MAR88. Perhaps the United Nations, which has never been one iota more than a zero to the left of the decimal point, issued a "hefty" statement condemning this outrage. If so, the Chinks, undoubtedly, must have been made to feel terribly bad, I am sure!
Very recently, FOUR Filipino fishermen were MURDERED by the Chinese off Pangasinan, when a ship of theirs deliberately rammed and sank a Filipino fishing vessel. What, I ask, has been said -even better, done- about this? Has the UN "pronounced" itself with most stern conviction about this cowardly murder? Has any of the other international organisms taken any sort of action about this? Does anybody even regret the loss of those four lives, and think about their loved ones whose sorrow is simply ignored by the civilized world?
I, personally, don't much care about who does what. I, personally, am now at war with China.
I applaud and welcome the honorable standing of the United States beside the Philippines -it is the least they can do since they acquired a debt of honor towards the Philippines as a result of having murdered 250,000 Filipinos opposing their subjugation by the United States after the Spaniards decided that they had had enough with raping the Philippines.
When I have migrated to the Philippines, I pledge to do anything I possibly can to defend the country against any abuse or invasion. China better prepare for rivers of blood, for we all shall defend the Philippines.
The National Anthem of Guatemala has the following verses:
"...for thy people, with ferocious souls, shall be dead, rather than enslaved".
The Pambansang Awit, National Anthem of the Republic of Philippines, has a quite similar ending:
"Aming ligaya, na pag may mang-aapi, Ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo!"
(But it is glory ever, when thou art wronged, For us, thy sons to suffer and die").
2 Monday, 23 July 2012 02:26
Dear Roger,

Thanks to your resolute stand against aggressors and for expression of solidarity.
If I will get some more information about those 4 Filipino fishermen you mentioned, I can incorporate it in my follow up.
But let me thank you for forwarding me the video footage of that 14MAR88 massacre of Vietnamese by Chinese Navy!
More power to you and Mabuhay!

Joseph
Dear Joseph,
I am forwarding to you via e-mail a photograph that appeared in today's REDEYE, in which a demonstrator protesting against the President's State of the Nation address appears sitting on the pavement, covering his head with his arms, surrounded by MNL Pulis in riot gear about to pounce on him -one of them about to smash him with his baton raised over his head for a full-force swing. The demonstrator, as can be seen, is in a position of submission and fear from the impending attack.
Unless this demonstrator had just committed an intolerable offensive act like having thrown something at the President -if he was there in person- or somebody else, it is hard for me to believe what my eyes see on this photograph of what appears to be a truly savage attack -something that I never expected to see in the Philippines as opposed to a certain less civilized country.
If you would be so kind, perhaps you could look into the specifics with the help of your vast investigative means, and shed some light on this event for the sake of my sanity.
Maraming salamat!
4 Wednesday, 25 July 2012 07:24
His eduation was sporadic. First,in San Luis, then San Miguel, in neighboring Bulacan.

Finished hith schoo in Tarlac, Tarlac. He lived with an uncle, who was a tailor. He

went to Manila. He enrolled in Far Eastern University. He dreamed of becoming a

doctor.

He was exposed to the labor movement. He became a field organizer for Vicente

Abad Santos,, who was more socialist inclined. He married 3 times. In 1938

with the merger of the Socialist and communists. This allowed him to visit many

towns and the "feel" of the people

He was in awe of Vicente Lava,whom he considered "humane and intellient:.

He became a member of the Democratic Alliance, who opposed the Bell Trade

Act, the Parity and Military Agreements. He won in the postwar Phil Congress,

collected his backpay.

Taruc was named commander of the Hukbalahaps. He associated with the

likes of Pomeroy, Saluo Alendro, Peregino Taruc, Casto Alejandrino and many otehrs.

He was convinced the peasants wanted LAND REFORM most. He wanted a

Christian democratic society ...tillers ownership of the land, security of tenure,low rent

repeal of the old tenancy sytsem,supply of irrigation, fertilization of the soil,

intelligent corp rotation, more agricultural and horticultural colleges, development

of rural industry, recreation and cultural activities. Distribution of virgin

lands.

MEMORIS OF A COMMUNIST, is the latest of the 3 books. Jesus was the

younger of te Lava brothers. of Bulacan. It is said, he learned Marxism from

his older Vicente, a Ph.D trained chemist.

He was early involved in anti Japanese resistance and the Civil Liberties Union.


He w as arrested when the politburo Manila. The rest of the book was about his

imprisonment and subsequent amnesty. He continued to speak out in public

fora, attended by Luis Taruc, who publicly disagreed with him. Taruc was

pardoned and appointed congressman. LAVA and POMEROY remained

unrepentant. Pomeroy was allowed to leave, and his wife Celia Mariano

was not allowed to join him.

The three books, make me wonder, if MAO COMMUNISM would succeed

in solving Philippine problems. SISON, was freed after martial law, he

is now in exile in Holland, while the Philippine branch quarelled with each

other. CAN PHIL COMMUNISM REVIVE?
5 Wednesday, 25 July 2012 07:26
his eduation was sporadic. First,in San Luis, then San Miguel, in neighboring Bul

acan.Finished hith schoo in Tarlac, Tarlac. He lived with an uncle, who was a tailor.

He went to Manila. He enrolled in Far Eastern University. He dreamed of becoming a

doctor.

He was exposed to the labor movement. He became a field organizer for Vicente

Abad Santos,, who was more socialist inclined. He married 3 times. In 1938

with the merger of the Socialist and communists. This allowed him to visit many

towns and the "feel" of the people

He was in awe of Vicente Lava,whom he considered "humane and intellient:.

He became a member of the Democratic Alliance, who opposed the Bell Trade

Act, the Parity and Military Agreements. He won in the postwar Phil Congress,

collected his backpay.

Taruc was named commander of the Hukbalahaps. He associated with the

likes of Pomeroy, Saluo Alendro, Peregino Taruc, Casto Alejandrino and many otehrs.

He was convinced the peasants wanted LAND REFORM most. He wanted a

Christian democratic society ...tillers ownership of the land, security of tenure,low rent

repeal of the old tenancy sytsem,supply of irrigation, fertilization of the soil,

intelligent corp rotation, more agricultural and horticultural colleges, development

of rural industry, recreation and cultural activities. Distribution of virgin

lands.

MEMORIS OF A COMMUNIST, is the latest of the 3 books. Jesus was the

younger of te Lava brothers. of Bulacan. It is said, he learned Marxism from

his older Vicente, a Ph.D trained chemist.

He was early involved in anti Japanese resistance and the Civil Liberties Union.


He w as arrested when the politburo Manila. The rest of the book was about his

imprisonment and subsequent amnesty. He continued to speak out in public

fora, attended by Luis Taruc, who publicly disagreed with him. Taruc was

pardoned and appointed congressman. LAVA and POMEROY remained

unrepentant. Pomeroy was allowed to leave, and his wife Celia Mariano

was not allowed to join him.

The three books, make me wonder, if MAO COMMUNISM would succeed

in solving Philippine problems. SISON, was freed after martial law, he

is now in exile in Holland, while the Philippine branch quarelled with each

other. CAN PHIL COMMUNISM REVIVE?

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