Letters to the Editor

Time to stand up to China

The Philippine Star

I am extremely dismayed over the news that Chinese vessels had once again blocked two Filipino registered boats that were destined to deliver supplies to our military personnel stationed in Ayungin Shoal. These bullies really have no respect for international law. It’s annoying how they accuse us of trespassing an area without having secured consent from their government.

Are they out of their mind? It is indeed unfitting to demand any sort of permission for us to enter a territory that we have sovereign rights and jurisdiction over.

Nonetheless, it has given me little solace that the Department of Foreign Affairs has at least conveyed the country’s condemnation of the incident to its counterpart in China. Even if this type of protest is just always disregarded, still, it is the best thing to do and a manifest insistence of our rights towards something we are validly entitled to. – Nica Amorsolo, Rizal Technological University

Federico Pascual, in his column last Sunday, was so correct when he asked, “Has Duterte hotline to Xi grown cold?” After that uncalled for and blatantly aggressive act of harassing and water cannoning two of our civilian boats simply delivering supplies – no hint of any aggression on their part – why didn’t the President immediately call his BFF in Beijing?

He very belatedly said he “abhors” China’s action and that China must abide by international maritime laws. It’s all empty rhetoric from the resident of the Palace, who keeps saying we cannot afford to go to war with China because he doesn’t want “his” soldiers to die.

A shooting war isn’t the only way to fight back against this bullying; many have said so time and time again. This “we can’t go to war” stance is a cowardly and defeatist fallback, and works only to China’s advantage. Just a little pushback and the bully will pull back, and view us with a little bit of respect – just like what Indonesia and Vietnam did.

It seems like our biggest enemy in the West Philippine Sea is not just China but some people in our own government. – Ryan T. Cortez, Bulacan

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