Letters to the Editor

From a position of credible strength

The Philippine Star

It is a known fact worldwide that the Permanent Arbitral Court decided in 2016 in favor of the Philippines vs China (and understandably other countries too) on who owns the West Philippine Sea.

Sad to say, many of our leaders and media people keep on thinking and saying that this area is “pinag-aagawan.” The right word is “inaagaw.” The meaning of these words are entirely different. The latter is significant and important to reinforce our ownership.

Throughout history, it is a truism that people with defeatist or softhearted mindsets never win in any scenario, whether in negotiations, cold or real wars.

And if ever a leader will negotiate, it is better to communicate from a position of credible military strength and/or with an ironclad military alliance with other countries or reliable country as a counter balance of power. If one negotiates from a position of weakness, he will just be intimidated...kakayahin at babalewalain lang tayo. – Pat Duque, Cavite City


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