(Last of two parts)
It is time for the Philippines and its peoples to stand up and assert its sovereign rights at all costs. It has the right to sink a vessel that refuses to leave its territory despite repeated orders to move away from its territorial waters. The Philippines had the right to bomb and sink nay vessel (military or not) that surreptitiously sneaked within the Philippine territory for whatever motive.
When an unknown vessel (warship or not) sneaks unto the Philippine territory, without identifying itself, the AFP could use force to neutralize it.
The AFP’s jet fighters must scramble and bomb the unknown vessel who refused to communicate and declare their intention. Or, refused to heed the order to vacate the place after being notified appropriately.
There was an instance that China's military frigate sneaked unto the Philippine territory toward Sulu without being accosted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). China's failure to coordinate and communicate with the AFP about their purpose of patrolling the Philippine waters was an arrogance at its highest.
The AFP's certain response to this provocative action is also direct and certain: SINK THE CHINESE FRIGATE! The action should not be construed as a declaration of war. The sinking of the frigate, in this instance, is an act of self-defense.
If the Chinese battleship responds, then the battleground is drawn in the area where the incident is taking place. It does not mean that the Philippines would be officially at war with China. After all, it is Congress who could declare war against any country.
The military action taken by the Philippines would, however, send a strong message to China that the Philippines could not be bullied by any country professing to be militarily powerful. When a robber sneaks and enters a house, the occupants have the right to defend themselves by all means and at all costs.
One remembers Taiwan, a fraction of a nation who refused to be bullied by China. In 1949 and during China’s infamous “cultural revolution,” thousands fled from mainland China and settled in Formosa, now known as Taiwan.
The settlers of Taiwan then were known as the “Kuomintang.” The Kuomintang Party State has their own “National Revolutionary Army” also known as the Republic of China Armed Forces when the Republic of China was promulgated in the 1947 constitution.
The Republic of China Armed Forces fled the mainland China to Taiwan after losing the civil war to the communist in 1949. One of the major opponents of the RCAF was the communist People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the army of China, the modern-day aggressor.
At present, China claims Taiwan to be part of their country and wants to attach to the mainland China at all costs. The Taiwanese government refused and maintain its independence as a sovereign nation. In response to China’s threat that it would take Taiwan at all costs, the Taiwan government warned China that it would shoot down any fighter jets that will encroach Taiwan’s airspace.
Quo Vadis, Philippines? Isn’t it a shame knowing Taiwan, a small country, but willing to fight and protect its people as a sovereign nation? Who said that the Philippines has no balls at all?
Receive email updates from Mindanao Daily News.