Disputed rocks

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I am posting below my hubby Alan’s article on the West Philippine Sea conflict that was published last month in D+C, the monthly magazine funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. I would also like to thank the magazine for allowing me to post it.

The international community needs binding rules on the use of the sea and the exploitation of maritime resources. Otherwise, military conflict will become ever more likely. The South China Sea is a case in point. By Alan C. Robles

In 1994, the Chinese set up an amateur wireless radio transmitter on Huangyan Island (Scarborough Shoal) and claimed this as proof of  sovereignty.

In 1994, the Chinese set up an amateur wireless radio transmitter on Huangyan Island (Scarborough Shoal) and claimed this as proof of its sovereignty.

Scarborough Shoal is an insignificant reef in the vast South China Sea. It was named after a British ship which sank there 228 years ago. Now, the same set of barely visible rocks could scupper something much bigger – peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

Both the Philippines and China have long claimed the tiny triangular reef, which lies 220 kilometres west of Luzon, the largest Philippine island, and at least 800 kilometres from the nearest Chinese territory. The dispute suddenly flared up in April when a frigate of the Philippine Navy accosted Chinese fishing boats on the shoal. The encounter spiralled into a maritime standoff, heated exchanges between Manila and
Beijing and strained diplomatic relations.

There have also been far-reaching repercussions:
– a rift in the unity of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN),
– the prospect of regional militarisation and
– a reshuffling of security arrangements and international alliances.

“Increasingly assertive positions among claimants have pushed regional tensions to new heights,” the International Crisis Group, a non-governmental think tank, argued in a report in July.

Manila said it sent the frigate to arrest Chinese fishermen who were poaching endangered species. China angrily asserted that its nationals were on sovereign territory, and accused the Philippines of provocation.

It didn’t matter that the Philippine ship was the venerable 47-year old Gregorio del Pilar, a recent hand-me-down cutter from the US Coast Guard. What mattered was this warship was the Philippines’ biggest and newest unit. In Chinese eyes, the response was military, even though the matter would have required at most the police.

Beijing reacted by dispatching civilian surveillance ships to prevent the arrest of the fishermen, and deployed armed Chinese on rubber boats to deny Filipino fishermen access to Scarborough. Manila withdrew the frigate, and sent a police ship and patrol aircraft instead. The standoff lasted weeks until the Philippine ship pulled out unilaterally.

Fortunately, the dispute only resulted in sensationalist media reporting on both sides, a few public rallies and a lot of internet agitation. The shouting match has so far not become a shooting one. Nonetheless, the incident saw relations between the two nations reach their lowest point since Manila recognised the People’s Republic of China in 1975.

In the course of the standoff, China blocked Philippine banana imports and warned its nationals against travelling to the Philippines. Unfazed, the administration of President Noynoy Aquino refused to back down from saying the shoal was sovereign territory, announced it was modernising the military and officially renamed the “South China Sea” the “West Philippine Sea.”

Overlapping and intertwined interests

Buying a few ships and renaming the sea will not make a real difference however. Territorial disputes in the South China Sea are serious because of the overlapping and intertwining interests of several countries. At stake are major shipping routes of global relevance, important fishing grounds and the promise of abundant oil and gas reserves (see box on
p. 411). The late Michael Leifer, a renowned international relations expert who specialised in the region, spoke of “the maritime heart of Southeast Asia”.

The sea is dotted with reefs, shoals and tiny island groups, some of which vanish at high tide. Most are not inhabited. Nonetheless, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia all claim some of these rocks as their national territory in order to extend their jurisdiction over the sea. All disputants, however, are outdone by China, which asserts ownership over the entire sea, what lies beneath and the airspace above.

Beijing bases its “indisputable sovereignty” on “historical grounds” and typically refers to a bundle of documents, the most notorious of which is probably the “nine-dash line” map. Taiwan’s government drafted this vague map in 1947 and the People’s Republic later adopted it. It does not offer clear indicators of where exactly China’s jurisdiction would end.

Beijing refuses to submit its claim to bodies such as the International Tribune of the Law of the Sea. The irony is that this tribunal was established under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which China has signed. China has a track record of insisting on multilateral rules, but in this case, it will not be bothered by them.

Decades ago, ASEAN could mostly afford to disregard China’s vague nine-dash map, but that has changed. Since the 1990s, China’s economy has been growing rapidly. The country is now an aspiring superpower, and has built a formidable navy. Huang Jing of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy says: “China’s rise has fundamentally changed the landscape.” He argues that, even five years ago, the region was dominated by the USA and its allies. “All of a sudden, every country has to have a Plan B,” he points out because it is no longer possible to simply rely on the USA.

For many years, China cultivated a peaceful image of “soft power”, insisting it wanted to rise peacefully in a setting of international harmony. That attitude has recently changed. We are now witnessing the emergence of a great power bent on picking a fight with everybody – the Philippines, Vietnam, ASEAN and – most recently – Japan. At the time of writing in early October, the controversy over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea was heating up.

ASEAN divided

In July, China used its diplomatic influence to foil an ASEAN initiative on the South China Sea. The idea was to unite the 10 members of this organisation of developing countries and emerging markets behind a code of conduct for resolving territorial disputes. Cambodia, however, blocked the crucial meeting from issuing a communiqué. This country is an ASEAN member, but also closely allied to China.

Cambodia’s stance resulted in acrimony within the regional organisation, as some members are already at odds over claims to maritime space. According to the International Crisis Group, “China has worked actively to exploit these divisions, offering preferential treatment to ASEAN members that do not side with its rival claimants.”

China has several motivations for claiming the sea. One is nationalism and national security. Its most prosperous cities lie along the coast, and in colonial history, they were attacked from the sea by European powers and later Japan. When the government re­cently commissioned China’s first aircraft carrier, the state-controlled newspaper China Daily wrote: “From the Opium War in 1840 to the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the country has suffered more than 470 offences and invasions that have come from the sea.”

Though any attack on mainland China looks absolutely unlikely anytime in the foreseeable future, Chinese military doctrine has evolved from simply defending the coastline to exerting “area denial” through a series of “island chains” expanding east out to the Pacific. The first island chain stretches from the Kurile islands in the north down to the South China Sea, following the contour of the famous nine-dash line.
Ominously, the second chain runs from Japan down to the east of the Philippines.

Another reason for China’s assertiveness is natural resources. The seabed could have vast reserves of oil and gas. Indeed, Luzon currently gets 40 % of its energy from a natural gas field off Palawan, another Philippine island. The country is facing the prospect of a more strident China eventually denying it exploration and exploitation of those fields.

The Philippines must cope with an unpredictable titan. Manila has already had one bitter experience. In 1994, China suddenly occupied Mischief Reef, a disputed atoll located in the Spratly Islands only 209 kilometres from Palawan. Just like Scarborough Shoal, the reef is well within the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as prescribed by UNCLOS.

That did not matter to China, which simply went ahead and built a shack on Mischief Reef, eventually expanding it into a military installation. The Philippine administration of then President Fidel Ramos protested, but did nothing else, wary of provoking an armed confrontation.

In such a confrontation the Philippines has no chance whatsoever; its air force is practically non­existent, and its navy hopelessly outmatched by China’s. Domingo Siazon, a former foreign secretary of the Philippines, likens the situation to a match-up between “an elephant and an ant”.

The Philippines western coastline looks vulner­able. Any part of it could suddenly be claimed by China, which refuses to give precise coordinates to its nine-dash line. Some Filipino alarmists already worry about Palawan.

The only weapon

The Philippines dismantled the Chinese structures and planted the Philippine flag on Scarborough Shoal, also known as Bajo de Masinloc

The Philippines dismantled the Chinese structures and planted the Philippine flag on Scarborough Shoal, also known as Bajo de Masinloc

The Philippines’ government really has only one weapon: words. One official who declines to be named indicates that sending the frigate to Scarborough was really only part of a strategy to draw international attention to the matter, cause a lot of clamour, and thus prevent something like another Mischief Reef take­over. “It so happened we had to be vocal,” he says.

The Aquino government maintains that the dispute must be resolved according to an international legal framework. In September, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said: “Our core interest lies in being able to contribute to ensuring that the global security and economic system is based firmly on the rule of law.”

This is diplomatic codespeak for international arbitration, precisely what China rejects out of hand – it wants to negotiate with disputants bilaterally. For the Philippines, the options are unpleasant: it can either acquiesce to its territory being steadily eroded, or stand up to China, which it can only do by looking for allies.

Although the country has a mutual defence treaty with the USA, it is unclear whether the agreement covers an attack on disputed territory such as Scarborough Shoal. Siazon, the former foreign secretary, says “the Philippines must strengthen its defence ties with the USA, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, India and Russia.”

He insists that the country must not reconcile itself to losing that reef, and agrees that multilateral diplomacy matters a lot. At the same time, he says: “Bilateral talks should also start; let a thousand flowers blossom.” The former head of Filipino diplomats expresses the hope that “China will realise that making friends among its neighbours is the best policy towards a prosperous and peaceful East Asia and Pacific region.”

In his view, territorial disputes are common among countries that are closely located to each other. The important thing, he insists, is that “relations should continue in accordance with international agreements.”

The strategic implications of China’s claim are not lost on the international community. As the scholar Leifer wrote about the South China Sea, its domination by a single power “could over time have far reaching strategic consequences affecting the geopolitical and economic interests of both regional and extra-­regional states”. US President Barack Obama has ­already spoken of a “pivot to Asia”, which would include redeploying most of the US Navy to the Pacific.

Here is the link to the same article published on the online site of D+C.

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  1. 29
    Mel says:

    “Spanish Ambassador to Manila Jorge Domecq said his country was wiliing to turn over to the Philippines some 70 of the latter’s historical maps. ”

    Spain to turn over some 70 historical maps to strengthen PH claim over disputed territories

    By: Pots de Leon,
    InterAksyon.com
    January 29, 2013 5:58 PM

    MANILA, Philippines – Two days before China comes out with its official maps that highlight territories in South China Sea, which are also being claimed by the Philippines, Spanish Ambassador to Manila Jorge Domecq said his country was wiliing to turn over to the Philippines some 70 of the latter’s historical maps.

    Domecq made the annoucement on Tuesday at the sidelines of the sixth Tribuna España-Filipinas, a high-dialogue between the two countries held at the AIM Conference Center in Makati City.

    During the event, Domecq was asked what could Spain contribute to further strengthen the Philippines’ claim over the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) given that Madrid and Manila shared hundreds of years of historical heritage.

    “I think that is something that you probably have to dig into the archives… I can send it to you, where you have around 70 maps, which are a private collection, and then you can draw your conclusion,” Domecq replied.

    Sen. Edgardo Angara, also owns a vast collection of Philippine maps dating back to Spanish colonial times, which include an old map showing that Scarborough (Panatag or Bajo de Masinloc) Shoal belongs to the Philippines. China refers to the rock fomation as Huangyan Island.

    According to Angara, it is clear that the shoal is part of the Philippines’ cartography during the Spanish colonial area. The senator said there is map made in 1734 that shows that Panatag was already part of the Phillippine Islands, which was then under Spanish colonial rule.

    China has been firm on its stand that it owns the entire South China Sea, citing its historical inheritance and the nine-dash-line on its ancient map.

    But a senior official from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), who requested anonimity for lack of authority to speak on the matter, said that with or without the old maps from Spain, the Philippines would win its case against China.

    Earlier this month, the Philippines filed a case against China over its excessive territorial claims before the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).

    “China’s claim is not base on the Unclos, it is base allegedly on some other laws. Ours is an entitlement, therefore legally, we have territorial sovereignty [over the West Philippine Sea]. So between the two of us, I don’t have the burden of truth, you [China] have the burden of truth,” the senior DFA official told InterAksyon.com in an interview on Tuesday.

    According to the DFA official, the Philippines is entitled to the 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone provided by the Unclos.

    “We are the one who has entitlement, theirs are [just] claims. We don’t have to prove ourselves…the law already proved it. They are the ones with a claim that’s not base on a written law, but on their own concept of laws, so why put a burden on me [Philippines]?,” the official said.

    China is set to come out with its new official maps showing the 130 islands and islets of the South China Sea or the nine-dash-line claims, including the islands and waters that the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia also claim.

    The new maps, which for the first time put the disputed islands in South China Sea in equal scale to that of the Chinese mainland, are published by China’s national map publisher SinoMaps Press and will be available to the public by end of January this year. The maps also feature islands in East China Sea being claimed by Japan.

    DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez on Tuesday said the department was still waiting for the Philippine Embassy in Beijing to verify the existence of the new map highlighting the disputed territories.

    “As we have said, we are still asking our embassy in Beijing for verification regarding the map and the extent of the coverage of the map,” Hernandez told reporters.

    He said the DFA would “act accordingly” as soon as it sees the new China maps and the extent of their coverage.

    If the maps cover parts of the Philippine territory the DFA will again “file a protest” against China’s action, according to Hernandez.

    Source Link: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/53834/spain-to-turn-over-some-70-historical-maps-to-strengthen-ph-claim-over-disputed-territories

  2. 28
    Mel says:

    Internationalizing the Spratlys At Home & Abroad – By Jun Abad

  3. 27
    Mel says:

    Japan and Taiwanese vessels’ high seas water canons duel.

    Play or warning, it wasn’t that bad. They’ll never ran out of water to pump at each other.

    Who was watching and stayed dry on the side? China.

    Japan halts Taiwanese activists’ trip to islands

    Taiwan boat returns after Japan water cannon duel

  4. 26
    Martial Bonifacio says:

    PH’s support to rearm Japan surprises China
    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/01/15/13/phs-support-rearm-japan-surprises-china

    1. Yes we should not forget what happened during world war II but we should not blame the current peace loving generation of japanese people. I believe its not right to pass the blame the sins of their forefather, to their children.

    2. The question that still lingers my mind is this: Did the Philippines learn its lesson after being occupied by three countries? In my opinion the answer is NO.

    Our leaders kept neglecting (except this current administration) upgrading the AFP to defend the Philippines. Even in budget allocation the education is always the priority.

    In this instance, i agree to the proposal of Enrile that the constitution should be flexible. Ano nga ba naman yung use ng educational budget kung nasakop ka na naman uli ng ibang bansa? Mababa yung budget allocation for defense ng pilipinas compared sa mga neighboring countries natin.

    Lastly ang problema naman sa proposal ni enrile is pag na elect na naman ang isang tulad ni GMA. Remeber the time when the arroyo sold helicopters for PNP?

    • 26.1
      Martial Bonifacio says:

      At 1:22 when did Renato Reyes apply to be a foreign affairs secretary/spokesperson of US? As far as i remember him and BAYAN MUNA are leftist chinese lackeys in the PH.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKLlwGI4Ig4

      I really hope none of this leftist group wins this 2013 election.

      • 26.1.1
        raissa says:

        Bayan Muna is also against Beijing.

        • 26.1.1.1
          Martial Bonifacio says:

          I find it weird that they are against beijing yet “NONE” of them rallies in front of chinese embassy since the scarborough issue started. I never saw a news that shows a massive rally the same they always do against another world power unlike akbayan.

          http://globalnation.inquirer.net/36429/protester-arrested-over-attempt-to-burn-chinese-flag

          Not to mention neri colmenares and teddy casino seek to probe why the PH government failed to assert its sovereignty (House Resolution 2330) yet they are the first ones to question government initiatives to provide AFP a modern technology to defend our countries sovereignty.

          http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/06/20/12/corruption-fears-raised-fighter-jet-deal

          “Do we really need 12 fighter jets sa kalagayang ang pinaka-malaking problema ng Pilipinas ay ang kahirapan,” – Casino from ABS-CBN article.

          I dont even understand the rhetoric na baka mahaluan ito ng corruption yet they (Bayan muna) failed to appreciate the initiatives of the current government to be transparent enough to tell its people kung ano ano type ng ships or planes ang bibilhin ng gobyerno like the published deal on the maestrale class frigate from italy.

          • 26.1.1.1.1
            duquemarino says:

            My worst nightmare is becoming a reality.

            During the early part of the Scarborough shoal stand-off I wrote in raissa’s blog that when the typhoon season comes the Philippine vessels will be forced to seek shelter while the Chinese vessels guarding the shoal will be able to stay.

            Because of their more advanced capabilities they would be able to erect structures just like what they did in Mischief reef.

            For a starter, they have roped the Scarborough shoal. Before we know it, they will erect stilts for anchorage, then they will reinforce these to build a platform with roof as shelter for their fishermen. And it won’t be long before they install a communications facilities with the Chinese flag in a mast.

            That’s China’s creeping invasion. Can we stop it? I hope we can before it is too late.

    • 26.2
      Alan says:

      1. The Japanese now might be peace-loving but they’re also ignorant of what their country did. Government after government in Japan has made sure to edit all textbooks so Japanese students never learn of the savage brutality and atrocities which marked Japan’s effort to carve out its Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. They destroyed cities, murdered and tortured native populations, dragged women to become sex slaves, used civilians for target and bayonet practice and carried out biological warfare tests on prisoners of war. By contrast, Germany has educated all its youth about the Hitler’s and the Nazi regime’s barbarity
      2. The Philippines has had several militarization programs, one of the most noteworthy being that under the Ramos administration, which sold off Fort Bonifacio to raise money to buy ships, aircraft, tanks and missiles (the French wanted to sell us a flotilla of frigates). NOTHING HAPPENED. THE MONEY DISAPPEARED. There was also supposed to be a defense buildup under the Estrada administration. Again,NOTHING HAPPENED.
      3. The government is right to prioritize education, it’s an investment in the future. Even from a militaristic point of view historical studies show that the best fighting forces in the modern age are those composed of soldiers with good education (literacy as well as an understanding of technology)

  5. 25
    raissa says:

    Hi guys,

    I’ve just posted a new piece on cyber adultery and the cybercrime law.

    I’d like to know what you think of it.

    Thanks,
    Raissa

  6. 24
    leona says:

    It took the PNP Chief to make this observation to his subordinates who are acting stupid,

    “PNP chief orders ‘random’ checkpoints
    Updated Monday, January 14, 2013 – 2:18pm
    Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima on Monday told policemen to set up checkpoints at random and refrain from announcing these locations to the media to prevent criminals from taking advantage.”

    You can see how we have cops’ brains are like. Who is the stupid criminals passing thru announced ‘check points’ stupidly announcing their locations, etc.!

    Off topic but relevant to the kind of officials we really have in the law enforcement sectors.
    How can we fight China on bigger issues? Here, a small delicadeza is broadcasted pa! Ayus! Stupid and intended!

  7. 23
    Rene-Ipil says:

    In my reply to Alan on January 11, 2013 @13.1 of “Japan Foreign Minister wants to discuss with PNoy . . . .”, I said that China is employing the bullying tactics to us simply because it wants “to draw water from our well” or may be oil.

    Joe America @ 4 of same article said on January 9, 2013:

    “I particularly like the latest response to China’s initiative to support joint development in the Spratleys. The response, in effect, “Sure, if it follows Philippine law.” The point being this is Philippine territory. This is a superior strategy and Secretary Del Rosario and President Aquino deserve strong praise.”

    In today’s issue of the PDI TJ Burgonio wrote:

    “Ma Keqing, the Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, said both countries should push ahead with a plan to explore oil and gas in Recto Bank, which contained potential reserves of 3.4 trillion cubic feet of gas and 440 million barrels of oil.”

    Burgonio also reported that:

    “President Aquino is open to the idea of a Chinese company joining an oil and gas exploration in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) but says it has to comply with Philippine laws.

    “The prospective partner, China National Offshore Oil Corp. or CNOOC, has to recognize that Recto Bank is part of Philippine territory, the President said.

    “We’re talking about Recto Bank here. We can’t split Recto Bank with them. Recto Bank is ours. If they want to join, why not? We’re open to investors but they should comply with our laws,” Mr. Aquino said in Thursday’s dialogue with Radio Mindanao Network reporters.

    “We believe in our own laws, that there should be dispute resolution. It should be clear that [what] we’re getting into is ours and we will respect what is theirs,” he added.”

    • 23.1
      Victin Luz says:

      @Rene,…….it’s true, harnessing ( makikiamot sa sa yamang kalikasan ng Pilipinas ) is one thing and OWNING or exercising sovereignty of the area to be develop or HARNISH is of one different thing, which should not be surrendered by the Filipino people at large.

  8. 22
    baycas says:

    Commentary

    The tension between China and the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal has turned the spotlight on a dispute that has until recently been a neglected side show. What is the dispute about and how can it be settled?

    The dispute between China and the Philippines over Scarborough Shoal consists of two legal parts, each affecting a distinct geographical area.

    The first part is the sovereignty dispute over the five rocks in the shoal that are above high tide and their 12 nautical-mile territorial sea. The second part of the dispute is over sovereign rights in the EEZ beyond 12 nm from the rocks. The area affected is potentially ten times that affected by the sovereignty dispute.

    There is also an ambiguity about what China’s U-shaped line in the South China Sea represents. Is it a claim only to the islands, to maritime space based on historic rights or on EEZ arguments? This article will look at the implication of the two disputes on the U-shaped line.

    No. 102/2012 dated 18 June 2012
    The Scarborough Shoal dispute: Legal issues and implications
    By Huy Duong

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    baycas says:

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  10. 20
    fed_up says:

    The way things are going on in our relationship with China, we might not know it but she’s “frying us with our own lard” (“piniprito tayo sa sariling manteka”) by buying “Made in China” products, or even doing her the favor of “digging our own grave” as a free nation.

    There’s a commercial that is repetitiously being aired on TFC Channel which says: “All the balikbayan boxes (sent to the Philippines when put side by side) are (so many times longer) than the Golden Bridge and (when put on top of one another) are (so many times taller) than the Empire State Buiilding.”

    I find this ad offensive for two reasons: 1. It promotes the Philippines as a landfill for “Made in China” consumer products (the U.S. is flooded with these items) mostly from garage sales or “clearance sales” of big department stores ; 2. It advertises for freights to be paid to COSCO (Chinese government-owned) ships for transporting the ‘balikbayan’ boxes to the country which revenues they spend to arm themselves against us.

    After unloading containers of “Made in China” products at a U.S. port, mostly at Los Angeles, CA, it’s unprofitable that these ships go back to China without any cargo because of the distance between the U.S. and China and the high cost of bunker fuel.

    What they do is to load the ‘balikbayan’ boxes for discharge in Manila port or for transshipment at a nearby Asian port.

    How much is earned by COSCO ships from these ‘balikbayan’ boxes?

    The cost for shipping a ‘balikbayan’ box from California to the Philippines is: $55 for a regular box, $65 for extend size, and $75 for jumbox size. The costs for shipping them from the interior and Eastern states are higher.

    The 1990 records of U.S. Census Bureau has listed 1.4 million Filipinos and projected it to rise to 2.1 million in 2000.

    Granting there are only 100,000 Filipinos who send six ‘balikbayan’ boxes to the Philippines each year. Each year, the COSCO ships earn as freight at least $39 million (100,000 x 6 x $65).

    $39 million per year can be a big help for China in building a super oil rig (Loida Nicolas-Lewis video), or an aircraft carrier and jet plane for patrolling the Scarborough Shoals.

    Digging our own grave?

    It’s good that the NBN-ZTE Broadband deal (the project “which called for the installation of a telecommunications network linking government offices throughout the country”) did not go through.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/119639/what-went-before-the-nbn-zte-deal-2

    Had it gone through, China could have unlimited access to all our government records on economic planning and otherwise for them to manipulate for their own purposes. It could have expedited the “digging of our own grave.”

    I’ve started making overtures to the wife to stop sending “balikbayan” boxes to the Philippines!

    • 20.1
      raissa says:

      Wow. I didnt know that.

      You have any links we can read further?

      • 20.1.1
      • 20.1.2
        fed_up says:

        Based on the number of agents’ offices accepting/facilitating them worldwide, the obsession of sending ‘balikbayan boxes’ (BBs) to the Philippines by overseas Filipino has reached an epidemic proportion as to become one of pernicious Filipino habits (PFHs – sending home BBs) which is not conducive to nation-building.

        Agents worldwide accepting BBs for sending to the Philippines:
        1. Star Kargo, via sea shipment or air shipment: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – 9 agents; SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – 7 agents; CHICAGO & MIDWEST – 7 agents; ARIZONA, HAWAII & COLORADO – 1 agent each; TEXAS, ARKANSAS, OKLAHOMA, ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI, LOUISIANA, GEORGIA, TENNESSEE – 1 agent
        http://www.abs-cbnglobal.com/Regions/USA/Products/StarKargo/AgentsandAreasCovered/tabid/628/Default.aspx

        2. International Shipping to Philippines: Areas served – 22 states
        http://www.balikbayanbox-shipping.com/philippines

        3. Manila Forwarder: Northern California – 7 agents, San Francisco, San Jose, Vallejo, Central California – 5 agents; Southern California – 11 agents; Alabama, Atlanta, Arizona, Arkansas, AUSTRALIA – 3 agents; CANADA
        http://manilaforwarder.com/affiliate.html

        4. Forex Cargo UK Co. Ltd: “Trusted and proven – Since establishing in the UK in August 1999, we have now shipped more than 100,000 balikbayan boxes.”
        http://www.forexcargouk.com/

        5. Manila Express – Manila Cargo: “We have weekly sea cargo shipment from Vancouver, Canada to Manila, Philippines.”
        http://www.manila-express.com/balikbayan.html

        6. BMExpress International Servicers Pty Ltd: AUSTRALIA – 20 agents
        http://www.bmexpress.com/bmexpress/agent-locator.php

        7. One blog even spells out how to send a BB from Germany:
        http://thelmaalberts.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Pack-And-Send-A-Balikbayan-Box-To-The-Philippines

        According to the blogger, “This Balikbayan Box was founded in the early of 1980´s, during late President Marcos time to help the Filipino overseas workers to save money in sending goods to their relatives in the Philippines. It is a custom in my home country to bring gifts to relatives and friends when going back home. (These) gifts called “Pasalubong” can be anything you like to give. It could be perfumes, watches, electrical appliances and many other things from abroad. By sending this Balikbayan box home, you can save a lot of money because it is tax free and there is no weight limit.” The blogger attributed the Filipino habit of BB sending from “a custom in my home country to bring gifts to relatives and friends when going back home.”

        Since the U.S., and perhaps throughout the word also, are flooded with “Made in China” products, I feel that China, in her confrontation with us, is “frying us in our own lard” (“piniprito tayo sa sariling manteca”), or even us doing her the favor of “digging our own grave” as a free nation.

        • 20.1.2.1
          fed_up says:

          Sorry, the above post is in reply to Ms Raissa query marked:

          20.1

          raissa says:

          January 14, 2013 at 6:43 am

          Wow. I didnt know that.

          You have any links we can read further?

          • 20.1.2.1.1
            fed_up says:

            @raissa. May I amplify my piece on ‘balikbayan box’ (BB) sending issue. One blogger said it was began by Pres. Marcos in early 1980s, perhaps as a measure to appease the Filipino masses who were getting increasingly disenchanted with his administration; he was toppled down from power in 1986.

            Marcos made the BB sending attractive (“tax free and and there is no weight limit”) and remains so until today. What started as a cosmetic measure to divert the attention of the people away from his evil designs has become so big now as to precipitate the swallowing of us all.

    • 20.2
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      When my parents dumped me at Los Angeles Airport they told me I will never get los finding PHilippine Air Lines Check-in counter. JUST FOLLOW THE SNAKING BALIKBAYAN BOXES and I will find the PAL Check-in Counter.

      As you are well aware, Cathay Pacific Check-in counter is just across PAL counter. I do not fly PAL because of ingay Filpinos. Inside their plane is a cacophony of unimaginable noise. It’s like mayhem. Somekind of unbelievable cruelty to my senses. I only flew PAL once in my international flights.

      As always I fly with Cathay Pacific. I stood in line for check-in. Cathay Pacific ground crew came up to me “Sir, PAL is over there” pointing to PAL check in. I said I am flying with Cathay Pacific. She looked at me. She looked at my BALIKBAYAN BOXES. She thought I was lost!!!!

      FROM THEN ON WHENEVER I TRAVEL I DONOT BRING BALIKBAYAN BOXES WITH ME.

    • 20.3
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      ZTE didnot go through? Wasn’t benign0 planning to court ZTE again ?

    • 20.4
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Another reason why I do not fly PAL is because it is sooo masikip !!! DIOS MIO !!! Now imgine a Boeing 747-400 can fly 500 people. Imagine further each passneger allowed to carry two 50-lb balikbayan boxes. That is 100 lbs per Filipino. Each 500 Filipino passneger have a backpack full of carne norte in the overhead bin.

      Let us calculate: 500 Filipinos x 100 lbs = 50,000 lbs that is 25 TONS !!!!!!

      500 Filipios have average weight of 145 lbs = 72,500 lbs that is 36 TONS !!!!!

      Each 500 carry backpack full of carne norte and chocolates at 10 lbs = that is 2.5 TONS

      Their handbags has carne norte, too ……

      JESUS MARY MOTHER OF GOD !!!!! THAT IS A DANGEROUS PLANE TO FLY ….

      Another thing I do not fly PAL is because of the masungeit old stewardesses. Only old stewardesses get to fly international. And the only customer of PAL are Filipinos. ADD THAT TOGETHER …… IT’S A FLIGHT THAT YOU WOULDN’T BE IN ……

      WELL, Filipinos fly PAL because of that COMFORT ZONE. They feel comfortable with their englsichtzes.

      • 20.4.1
        macspeed says:

        he he he he not anymore, we send the boxes via Sky freightr DHL he he he he

        the modernized OFW just carry ipads and HTC or Nokia cell phones, each one has sim card, and some even dual sim card he he he

        • 20.4.1.1
          Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

          Philippine Customs Inspectors are now targeting OFWs carrying 10 iPhones. They better slip 20 Riyals in their passport so everything is fine and dandy else these inspectors will take these toys away from them.

          • 20.4.1.1.1
            macspeed says:

            he he he how did you knew that? he he he he one cp each to my 3kids, one cp to my wife plus perfumes he he he he that all, one time aOFW mate was asked to provide tax to his Picture tube type TV because he has 3, the guy said, it is second hand for my mom, still they insist asking fee, the guy held the TV up and dropped broken on the floor and he said, its yours ass holes!!!

            OFW’s suffered emotional bruises with the employers, and away from love ones, problems in work, hence after that, OFW’s goes straight out no questions asked he he he

            Customs, dont mess around with Homesex OFW,s or anyone would get raped!!!

            • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

              @Mac, I have a question. Can an OFW bring a laptop in an unopened original packaging without being harassed by Philippine Custom? Or should they have to unpack the laptop and place it in their checked baggages along with their personal belongings.?

    • 20.5
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Do not believe Loida just because she’s wealthy which is the usual culture of the Filipinos
      DO NOT BELIEVE LOID BECAUSE SHE MARRIED INTO WEALTH …
      DO NOT BELIEVE LOIDA BECAUSE SHE SPEAKS GOOT ENGLISCHTZES

      WEalth, style, english even makes FILIPINOS BELIEVE IN ME WITH MY PAKA-PAKA englishtzes.

      So let us get down to what is real ….

      IF WE BOYCOT CHINESE MADE OR CHIENSE ASSEMBLED products IT IS LIKE LIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES IN STONE AGE …. because everything nowadays is made in the China.

      So let us make price comparison: I only wear New Balance. Because New Balance is the sneakers of choice by the white americans. New Balance 992 sneakers are made in Made-in-U.S. but in reality it is assembled in the U.S. with materials made-in-China. New Balance made in the U.S. is $135.00. There are new Balance that are made in China. It is $65.00

      Now if we bocot China, can we REALLY AFFORD TO BUY AS SIMPLE AS SNEAKERS OR T-SHIRT? OK, let us talk about T-Shirt. Ralph Lauren Polo T-shirt is $50.00. Made-in-China fruit of the Loom is 10 for $18.00 WHICH ONE WOULD YOU BUY? of course made-in-china Fruit of-the-loom !!!!

      THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN BOYCOTT CHINESE MADE OR ASSEMBLED PRODUCTS even your iPhone is assembled in China.

      • 20.5.1
        macspeed says:

        perhaps there is no way to boycott china products he he he because it is always cheap he he he

        got to go… pasok na po..

        • 20.5.1.1
          Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

          OK, sir @Macspeed, Godspeed to you and your pipelines ….

          • 20.5.1.1.1
            macspeed says:

            Thanks tol he he he

            i always wear H2S detector on my knee, about 500mm from grade level, H2S are heavier than air hence goes down, one’s it beeps, we look for wind socks for wind direction and we run across the wind he he he he namumutla sa takot, one time we saw a British guy so arogant without the safety gadgets, hit by an H2S leak on the pressure transmitter his working with, falls dead. H2S is 10 x deadlier that cobra venom he he he

      • 20.5.2
        leona says:

        @Mariano…are you admitting your laptop or computer is Made in China? If you say “No” then why say “there is no way WE can boycott Chinese made or assembled products xxx. But if you say “Yes” then what then should we do if WE cannot boycott? Any good suggestion?

        I like hear one.

    • 20.6
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      40-foot container has a dimension of 40′ x 8′ x 8.5′ with a volume of 2,752 cubic feet
      Jumbo Forex Balikbayan box has 1.67′ x 1.92′ x 1.42″ with a volume of 4.50 cubic feet
      Let us extrapolate

      2,752 cubic feet divided by 4.5 cubic feet you have = 611 BALIKBAYAN BOXES !!!!

      611 BALIKBAYAN BOXES MULTIPLIED BY $65 FREIGHT PER BOX YOU HAVE = roughly $40,000 in freight per container.

      • 20.6.1
        leona says:

        @Mariano…you should be a customs commissioner…you can’t be fooled with such container sizes and Balik boxes arriving. More money revenues can be collected by you! Tama, MATH pala ang specialty mo.

    • 20.7
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      http://globalnation.inquirer.net/mindfeeds/mindfeeds/view/20080116-112708/How-many-Filipinos-are-really-in-the-US

      Lookit this condescending stuck-up accusation by Inquirer that the Filipnos in America are undercounted when the PHilippine Embassy in America cannot even know how many Filipinos there are except rely on U.S. Staticstics.

      PHILIPPINE MEDIA IS TRULY GROOVY !!!!

      IF INQUIRER WANTED to know how many Filipnos there are SHOULDN’T THEY ASK PHILIPPINE EMBASSY ? Why ask PHilipne Embassy when they themselves rely on American figures ? DUH !

    • 20.8
      Victin Luz says:

      Tell the Filipinos at USA to send dollars here in the Pilippines and let the receiver choose what to do or what to BUY in our country….. Even here almost aall are made in China but at least we will help our entrepreneurs/businesses earn more profits……..Who are those entrepreneurs/businessman here ,…mostly Filipinos of Chinese Origin…… Di bale kakampi natin sila di ba…….

      @fed-up…..why not influenced those Filipinos at USA to send balikbayan boxes thru ship’s not owned by China?

      @fed-up……why not ask LEWIS to lead your group to LOBBY for a USA based company to explore,develop and HARNISH JOINTLY our natural resources under Phil. LAWs at the sami time while throwing their NAVY patrolling the Western Phil. Sea……..the Philippines was USA trusted ally after 1900, BUT for USA are they our trusted ally in return?

      fed-up@…….ZTE NBN was no much to USAs higly technical, modern and advance electrical and communication System manned by ultra Rich USA companies,….why not convinced them with LEWIS as your leader to invest here at reasonable prices/profit for an ALLY trusted since the year 1900.

    • 20.9
      macspeed says:

      @baycas he he he truth had you perfectly pictured out he he he, china products are so cheap that is why its being taken buy mostly those who dont want to spend much.

      Herein KSA, there are stores called everything 10Saudi Riyal he he he, if you go inside 99% are chinese product from toys to towels and battery chargers he he he he

      The quality from china is getting better, did you see iphone made in china? he he he he
      Well we can stop buying these china items he he he he to give them a blow like an upper cut….

    • 20.10
      leona says:

      @fed_up…you’re wrong…We are not ‘emitting’ oil to fry us up but only ‘LAWAY!’ mixed with words which are only what we can do.

      When fried up with our laway, we really smell like rotten BagoONG when cooked up! Nobody likes to get near us to help!

  11. 19
    macspeed says:

    Those Disputed Rocks may grow as new LAND in the near future and some established Rocks may submerged beneath its current location. May lilitaw pero may lulubog…it may not be as quick as you think…this will take time…

    The earths crust and its layers are continuously adjusting itself in equilibrum, some continents were beleive to have travelled unnoticed, you can google search if you want the details.

    Those Rocks are not Laughing matter, saying the President is a mongoloid by one of the sorry chinese ass, as if he is sure his blood is pure Filipino and as if he is sure that tomorrow will be sunny and bright…

    Good night everyone….

  12. 18
    Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    The first order of the day should not be about China but about those useless military arsenals that were bought which is goot only against the Filipos not against China.

    benign0 Aquino should be investigated for incompetence wastage of OFWs money.

    Maybe benign0 Aquino are preparing these military arsenals against the Filipinos once the Chiense are knocking on Malacana’gs doors.

    These arsenals cannot fly to Spratleys and back. They do not have SAM, phalanx, AtoAir missiles. Night vision. mid-air refueling. SO THEREFORE, these will be used against the Filipinos who are against Chinese invasion.

    These are not anti-personnel hellicopters ….. These are anti-Filipino hellicopters ….

    COULD IT BE benign0 Co Juan Co a chinese puppet ?

    • 18.1
      macspeed says:

      I am supposed to sleep early tonight, but there goes you bro in USofA he he he he just arrived probably from church or perhaps from childrens park with your kids, what ever, good to see you back…

      There are no Pure Filipinos>>>Malays originally raped by chinese during changed gift of the tradesman, then offspring were so strong came out Lapu Lapu looks like Limahong you knew what took place fighting yet with the Spaniards came out victorious and raped those chinese bred Malays, then came out mestisa, with chinita eyes, i really dont know the dates coz i dont memorize he he he as i understood, Americans also did some raping of our Filipina and as well as the land. In between, chinese keep on trading as well while there were troubles as well during WW2 with the Japoks…all in all, there are no pure Filipinos …but whatever the Philippines now is the race to be reconkened with…

      he he he good nite really he he he i got a site visit at corridor pipeline tomorrow….

      • 18.1.1
        Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        My early weekend ritual is hike Griffith Park where Manny Pacquiao runs in his every fight. After, I drive 4 miles for tinulang halibut and 1 and a half scoop of rice. Head home and watch Netflix. No! No! before anything else I check Joe America and Raissa. Then on to news sites. Google Philippine News. If news came from Philippne news sites that blocked and ex-communicated me I DO NOT READ AT ALL.

        Majority of my news sources are from bloggers like Joe, Raissa and you and its commentators. I JUST DO NOT BELIEVE PHILIPPINE NEWS if it is not blogged to the hilt. I slowed down on my drinking since my Filipino doctor told me that I got a “bump” in kidney readings. My cholesterol is signifacantly down. My blood sugar went up from 92 to 126!!!!! I do not even like sugary stuff. I use honey for sugar. PhD (Philippine Doctor) told me it is hereditary. OK. I believe him my Nanay was diabetic. My PhD told me that I will live to be 100 !!!!

        Women seems to be prized in wars. They get raped often. I do not know why men rape women. I do not get it at all. Maybe men like women that resist because women always play act in bed like they were in pain. They groan, they moan, they scream. They say “please huwag mo masyado isagad masakit” when they are the one making sagad.

        The world is sick, NOT ONLY FILIPINOS but the world.

        Easy on those pipeline, Mac !!! Remember that offshore oil rig in Mexico Gulf? They were Filipinos using blowtorch on oil pipeline. To this day the Americans are still piecing together these blown-up pinoys.

        Goot night.

        • 18.1.1.1
          macspeed says:

          He he he he i dont believe its 1 1/2 cup only, you probably get more rice coz of the sugar level he he he he, after 6pm, you must only eat pipino and carrots, no rice. Also one secret is you need to perspire what you have eaten from breakfast to last meryenda which is 3pm, every night at least pawisan ka he he after 3 months, your sugar level will go down….

          on newpapers, contents are edited per instruction from the topic personnel or per instruction from proponent he he he but here, it is always uncensored, truth and factual, bravo CPM’s

  13. 17
    Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Since Spratleys is far far far away, the senate should also investigate benign0 and the P<MAyers and their consultants why they boughted helicopters not H101 and aircraft carrier to refuel them mid-air. The recent purchase of hellicopters are useless if used in Spratleys. If they flew from Subic to Spratleys they'd fall like flies before they even reach Spratleys because they ran out of av fuel.

    WHO ARE THESE BRILLIANT GUYS? WHERE ARE THE BRILLIANT CONDESCENDING PHILIPPINE MEDIA WHO ARE AGOG OVER PURCHASE OF USELESS HELLICOPTERS ?

    What they needed to purchase are F-16s but they have to pawn METRO MANIL to pay off the F-16s.

    And why would America allow the PHilippines to purchase F-16s when Americans themselves stripped down these useless Hamilton class with weapons of destruction ?

    WILL BRILLIANT PHILIPPINE MEDIA CONNECT THE DOTS ALL THE WAY TO SPRATLEYS PLEASE ????????

    AKO NA LANG BA NATIRANG NAG-ISIP SA PILIPINAS ?

    • 17.1
      Alan says:

      How’s Ignacio the maid?

      • 17.1.1
        Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        I’m still here. The old man is needing his diapers changed. I’ll go tend to him. Then feed him. Then on to latrines.

        • 17.1.1.1
          Alan says:

          mind the spittle

          • 17.1.1.1.1
            Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

            Ewwwww !!!!! That is gross !!! I’ll do anything that earns honest living :)

            • Alan says:

              that’s a statement of intent not accomplishment

            • Mel says:

              Nature calls, can’t help it and felt busting for some droppings.

              As one friend once said of his Missus, “She’s a gold digger”.

              Intrigued, he explained further for fear of being bashed by his kumander in chief. He sheepishly confides that part of her work duties is to swipe clean an aged client’s ar$e hole of waste.

              There’s gold and silver minerals on those dungs.

              Now, a source of fecal transplants that could save another man’s life. Cheaper and better than cell transplants. GMA and BAbalos can exchange gifts.

              Source of mineral rich recycled pooh waste:

              “… The study was small, but found 43 of 49 patients recovered very quickly after receiving IMT (intestinal microbiota transplantation), and showed no complications from C. difficile in a followup three months later.” – Use human feces to cure C. difficile: Study

              “… doctors are taking a different approach. Instead of continued assaults on bacteria, “fecal matter transplants” recolonize the colon with new bacteria from a healthy donor.

              “This is brand-new for most gastroenterologists,” said Dr. Suku George, Hunter’s treating physician. “We are very excited about this.” – Little-known fecal transplant cures woman’s bacterial infection

              “… getting a “stool transplant” could become a standard treatment within just a few years. Just as blood banks and sperm banks are now commonplace, stool banks may soon dot the landscape.”
              Stool Transplants Could Soon Be Standard Treatment For Clostridium Difficile

              • macspeed says:

                he he he he he he, he he he he he, he he he
                pambihira, pambihira hayyyyyy what ever, that is still medical technology to look into he he he he

  14. 16
    Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    benign0 should be investigated by Senate why he boughted two armed-less, harm-less, head-less Hamilton Class without weapons of destruction. this hamilton-class IS NOTHING BUT A MERE PASSENGER SHIP. Useless. Waste of Money.

    BENIGN0 AQUINO SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED BY THE MEDIA ….. yuna … by the Media ? FORGET IT !!!!! The PHilipine Media covers-up the ARMED-LESS, HARM-LESS, HEAD-LESS Hamilton Class procurement that was pure waste of money.

    Next President will investigate benign0 Aquino …. and I am hoping they will investigate these stuck-up arrogant condescending “brilliant” PHilippine Media for failure to analyze.

  15. 15
    spoinky says:

    Nixon should be blame for China’s rise. Well that is history.

    However, what I can not understand with the Philippine government is I rarely hear news about us the Philippines producing its own ships, at the least Patrol or Littoral ships. Ship which has an endurance at sea for at least a month or more. We feel helpless that we have nothing to show. Unlike Indonesia they already produce large naval vessels like the Makassar class a multi-purpose sea lift vessel.

    The Philippines today is rank number four in shipbuilding base on global orders. Buying locally produce ships is a win win situation. First transfer of technology, our maritime engineers, welders, electrician, plumbers will add knowledge to their craft which will be useful for the country in the future. Second, the money spent to those ships will mostly go to the Filipino workers as wages who manufacture these ships and returns back as income tax to the government. You increase employment and most of the money never went out. Not only that, Filipino workers from these shipbuilders will pride themselves that what they are welding, assembling and creating is for the defense of the country. This will uplift our morale as a nation.

    I hope our shipbuilding industry will flourish and the government should exploit this advantage and buy ships for the country. We could even be a great naval power in the region someday.

    • 15.1
      raissa says:

      We’re about to produce ships, with Japan’s aid.

    • 15.2
      Alan says:

      You’d think the fact we are an archipelago, plus our maritime affinity going back centuries, would mean we have a fairly capable navy. Alas no. But that might be changing. Anyway you are absolutely right, we have the shipbuilding capability plus Filipinos constitute the largest cadre of seamen globally. Here’s to hoping

  16. 14
    fed_up says:

    The way things are going on in our relationship with China, we might not know it but she’s “frying us with our own lard” (piniprito tayo sa sariling manteka) by buying “Made in China” products, or even doing her the favor of “digging our own grave” as a free nation.

    There’s a commercial that is repetitiously being aired on TFC Channel which says: “All the balikbayan boxes (sent to the Philippines when put side by side) are (so many times longer) than the Golden Bridge and (when put on top of one another) are (so many times taller) than the Empire State Buiilding.”

    I find this ad offensive for two reasons: 1. It promotes the Philippines as a landfill for “Made in China” consumer products (the U.S. is flooded with these items) mostly from garage sales or “clearance sales” of big department stores ; 2. It advertises for freights to be paid to COSCO (Chinese government-owned) ships for transporting the ‘balikbayan’ boxes to the country which revenues they spend to arm themselves against us.

    After unloading containers of “Made in China” products at a U.S. port, mostly at Los Angeles, CA, it’s unprofitable that these ships go back to China without any cargo because of the distance between the U.S. and China and the high cost of bunker fuel.

    What they do is to load the ‘balikbayan’ boxes for discharge in Manila port or for transshipment at a nearby Asian port.

    How much is earned by COSCO ships from these ‘balikbayan’ boxes?

    The cost for shipping a ‘balikbayan’ box from California to the Philippines is: $55 for a regular box, $65 for extend size, and $75 for jumbox size. The costs for shipping them from the interior and Eastern states are higher.

    The 1990 records of U.S. Census Bureau has listed 1.4 million Filipinos and projected it to rise to 2.1 million in 2000.

    Granting there are only 100,000 Filipinos who send six ‘balikbayan’ boxes to the Philippines each year. Each year, the COSCO ships earn as freight at least $39 million (100,000 x 6 x $65).

    $39 million per year can be a big help for China in building a super oil rig (Loida Nicolas-Lewis video), or an aircraft carrier and jet plane for patrolling the Scarborough Shoals.

    Digging our own grave?

    It’s good that the NBN-ZTE Broadband deal (the project “which called for the installation of a telecommunications network linking government offices throughout the country”) did not go through.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/119639/what-went-before-the-nbn-zte-deal-2

    Had it gone through, China could have unlimited access to all our government records on economic planning and otherwise for them to manipulate for their own purposes. It could have expedited the “digging of our own grave.”

    I’ve started making overtures to the wife to stop sending “balikbayan” boxes to the Philippines!

  17. 13
    Parekoy says:

    Break muna…

    Due to PNoys abnormal actions trying to clean up the Philippine government, they are wondering if there is realky something wrong with him. He was able to pass the RH bill and turned it into law and defied the sanctimonious Catholic Church. At first, the Maoist wing of the Chinese leadership was confident that their former recruits, Political Consultant DVD Llamas and their chinese breed dog Chow chow Lagman, were implementing the Chinese population control variant of one-child policy and ablolishment of any religious authorites’ grip on breeding low IQ and malnourished and criminally inclined destitute children. Then Pnoys strong stand on the Spratlys and noise made in the Global stage. The Chinese Pulitburo was puzzled, thought that PNoy is dominantly Chinese and should passive and not be rocking the boat similar with the Taipans who control the economic wealth of the nation.

    Investigation was opened to fined the abnormal actions by this Chinese-Filipino President. Urgently a team of Chinese anthropologists and geneticists are currently investigating whether Pres. Aquino has a dominant Chinese genes. They employed their South Korean mole, a beauty radio personality. They sent her to lure the President, her mission is to collect the primal most fresh gene sample she can get. Her voluptous headlights caught the president’s attention. She was courted, dined and eventually bedded. She was able to take a very crucial sample.

    She passed the sample contained in a plastic vial. The chinese control agent was in awe by the success of these Korean Matahari. The Chinese master asked her how she was able to get it, it will be added in the Chinese secret techniques in obtaining this kind of sample. She said it was no brainer, she swallowed it, controlled gagging and quickly spit it in her vial!

    The geneticists then did not waste time when they received the important sample. They did the test. They were surprise and worried about the result, they know the the Chinese Leadership will not be happy with this, yet they have to deliver it however bad that would be.

    The Chinese Premier opened the report, and his epicanthus were unfolded, he read: Aquino has a dominant Mongol gene and most probably Genghis Khan’s bloodline!

    The Great Leader wiped his sweat on his forehead and with trembling voice muttered, “No wonder he is acting abnormal, he has Mongol(oid) genes”!

    • 13.1
      tagasampaloc says:

      @Parekoy-
      This comment of yours is more hilarious than MRP’s and yet as witty and intelligen as J, Lin’s. I like it so much that I can’t resist replying to this. LOL

    • 13.2
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      @parekoy, goot! goot! that you pulled that “MAOIST” word from the abyss of Philippine Media’s newsprint. IN THE FRACAS of rock formation in China Sea, NPAs are now called “MAOIST” just recently !!!! AMAO! AMAO! AMAO!

      The Brilliant PHiliphinos wanted war and when China attacks THEY RAN TO PAPA !!!!

      GO AHEAD, COME TO PAPA !!!!!!

    • 13.3
      e.a. pascual says:

      a good example from my perspective of an original hilarious comment worth reading and responding to,! thank you.
      repetitious predictable tiresome comments are good for increasing count of viewers who come to raissa’s blog. you don’t have to read them.

  18. 12
    Rolly says:

    Ramos must have been bribed by doing nothing to the Chinese incursion of the Mischief Reef in 1994, otherwise, what kind of a leader he was…..

    It is incomprehensible to its people that their president did not exert effort preserving the nation’s integrity and sovereignty…kahiyahiya naman. What would other countries think about us…pushover, batok-batukan?

    • 12.1
      Victin Luz says:

      Tama ka dyan @Rolly,….I had seen the timetable or the CPM ( critical path method ) in the construction of Heavily Armed Fortress of the islets MISCHIEF REEF during RAMOS regime ,..,..( including % accomplishmen with photographs of the building while being constructed erected during the RAMOS administration ) at WESCOM intelligence office in PALAWAN…… I think pictures were still posted on their bulletin board up to now.

      Journalist can visit WESCOM to verify.

      • 12.1.1
        Victin Luz says:

        It was photographed by our reconaissance plane regularly on the year1994 upward while the Chinese were contsructing their armed forrtress at mischief reef and if I am not mistaken it is nearer to the shoreline of mainland Palawan than or compared to our 8 islets comprising KALAYAAN Municipalities of the same province.

        If you are going to visit our claimed Islets on the area , you have to pass by mischief reef but I can not remember if by measuring the horizontal distance from shoreline of the mainland up to mischief reef will be more or less than 200miles as called upon by EEZ.

        But I am very positive that the 8 islets of KALAYAAN Municipality are outside the 200miles EEZ horizontal distance does it was not incorporated in our Archipelagic Baseline Doctrine and only declared by RA 9252 as Regime of Islands. Surrounding thereat at far distance are islets, atoll ,reefs claimed by ASEAN nations and China except to the EAST where only mischief reef was located nearer to Palawan province.

    • 12.2
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      If RAmos, Rambo, and Gringo made so much fuss about the ROCK, we wouldn’t be HERE DEBATING ………

    • 12.3
      leona says:

      Si pres. Ramos is a weak leader when something strong and insistent is required. Re/mber the coup plotters at Manila Hotel…only 10 push ups as a penalty! He rather stay away from a fight than get engaged into one. General pa! aYUS! Kaya, he never had something ‘controversial’ during his reign as he avoids it totally. So, ok ang performance niya!

  19. 11
    leona says:

    China is not only making new claims but also making ‘new Maps’ with ‘new names’ of the islands it claiming. This is fraudulent surveying and map-planning!

    Just like what happened in Rizal province, many titles with only 1,000 SQM were fraudulently titled to others into 1,000 hectares! Fake titles, fake surveys!

    Are we new to this fraudulent mapping and surveying of these islands by China?

    • 11.1
      leona says:

      The online news portal of TV5

      The link…

      “MANILA, Philippines – China has published new maps that for the “first time” put disputed islands in South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) being claimed by the Philippines “in equal scale” to that of Chinese mainland, Xinhua, China’s official press agency, reported on Friday. The maps also featured islands in East China Sea being claimed by Japan.

      Quoting information from China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, Xinhua said the country had included in its new vertical-format maps over 130 islands and islets in the South China Sea, “most of which have not been featured on previous maps of China.”

  20. 10
    isellnuts says:

    Please read this;

    UNCLOS PART XV SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES

    Article 284

    Conciliation

    1. A State Party which is a party to a dispute concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention may invite the other party or parties to submit the dispute to conciliation in accordance with the procedure under Annex V, section 1, or another conciliation procedure.

    2. If the invitation is accepted and if the parties agree upon the conciliation procedure to be applied, any party may submit the dispute to that procedure.

    3. If the invitation is not accepted or the parties do not agree upon the procedure, the conciliation proceedings shall be deemed to be terminated.

    4. Unless the parties otherwise agree, when a dispute has been submitted to conciliation, the proceedings may be terminated only in accordance with the agreed conciliation procedure.

    China is not a signatory of the UNCLOS so no nation can force China to sit down to a mediation.

  21. 9
    leona says:

    Has the Philippines ‘filed’ a complaint like a Police Booking Sheet at the Precinct level, with the appropriate UN Body’s Agency re China’s irresponsible conducts on her claims to the whole Islands in the area she wants to devour? Just for the ‘record’ in case China wallops all Filipinos and the rest of the countries with claims also. Maybe like a ‘class suit complaint’.

    • 9.1
      leona says:

      Japan’s F-15s vs China’s J-10s scrambled over Diayou/Senkaku islands! The link

      “InterAksyon.com
      The online news portal of TV5

      A ministry official told a press conference that two J-10 fighters flew to the area on Thursday to monitor two Japanese F-15 fighters that had trailed a Chinese Y-8 aircraft, China’s official Xinhua news agency said.”

      What shall we ‘scramble’, our eggs? PAF General, how many ‘eggs’ do we have to scramble? Mabybe a dozen will be enough!

  22. 8
    Rene-Ipil says:

    Everybody seems to agree that China is bullying the Filipinos to get a share of our vaunted natural resources in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). By Loida Nicolas Lewis’ account, it is so huge and enough to supply the needs of China for quite a long time. But why is China so aggressive now despite loud protestations of the Philippines and other SEA countries. Anent this, I find a relevant explanation from an article in Forbes by George Chang entitled.”Move Over, Michigan, China Is The World’s Next Rust Belt”, dated Decrmber 9, 2012.

    Chang wrote that “Just two years after China overtook the U.S. to become the world’s largest manufacturer, the country faces the prospect of decades of de-industrialization. And there is little Beijing can do to arrest the slide.” Please see the link in my next post below.

    • 8.1
    • 8.2
      Rene-Ipil says:

      It’s Gordon- not George.

    • 8.3
      leona says:

      @Rene…when China loses on her claims in many ways except via a decision by the UN judicial body, will she now go to the UN judicial body to pursue her claim?

      If so, will Philippines ‘consent’ to face China’s claims at the UN?

      What say you?

      • 8.3.1
        Rene-Ipil says:

        If China eventually goes to UN body and pursue its claim, Philippnes would be happy to engage China in a legal battle.

        • 8.3.1.1
          Victin Luz says:

          @yes Rene ,….we have to win back Scarborough shoal , for if not ,how can we accept a halfway settlement of our Exclusive Economic Zone , meaning they can now control officially 100miles less of our 200nautical miles EEZ especially if China will develop the shoal acceptable to human habitat, like what they have done to Mischief Reef.

          For mischief reef , it will be very hard for us to claim that area again on legal grounds. Pinabayaan ni Ramos noon at ni De venecia.

          • 8.3.1.1.1
            leona says:

            We should not ‘share’ with anyone what belongs to us specially if others wants to claim what belongs to us! Let’s be selfish on this! Just like these claimants!

        • 8.3.1.2
          leona says:

          China cannot engage in a ‘legal battle.’ It doesn’t have any ‘legals’ at all. What it has is selfishness battle! It’s first rule is ‘be greedy.’ Second rule ‘go grab it.’ Third rule ‘use threats only but real threats’. Fourth rule ‘ shout the threats so it can be heard.’ Fifth rule ‘keep on shouting the threats.’

          Sixth rule ‘do not stop shouting the threats.’ Seventh rule ‘shout at everybody louder.’ Eight rule ‘ use more saliva in shouting the threats.’ Ninth rule ‘wipe your mouth of the saliva when shouting.’ And the tenth rule ‘smell the saliva when it’s awry, pause shouting. Kaka hiya!’

    • 8.4
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Loida is a Filipno right? ust because she married into wealth that does not mean that she knows what she’s talking about.

      WEALTH DO NOT MAKE HER RIGHT.
      PERFECTION OF ENGLISH DO NOT MAKE HER RIGHT.
      IMPECCABLE SPELLING DO NOT MAKE HER RIGHT.

      If war breaks out Loida should join us against the Chinese lead by Brigadier General Manny Pacquiao.

    • 8.5
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      CHINA IS NOT BULLYING ONLY THE PHILIPINES they are also bullying the rest of the claimants.

      Therefore, Philippines is bullying China on the ROCK but also bullying the rest of the claimants.

      If China backs out because of Armed-less Harm-less Hamitlon-class Coat Guard Clutter, we have to deal with the rest of the four countries, RIGHT?

      This is not only about China, this is also about Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia.

      THE ROCK will never be an ending headache.

      • 8.5.1
        leona says:

        Can the Philippine ‘lantaka’ just blow up that ‘rock’ so it evaporates and everybody’s looking for it? No rock, no claim, di ba? Rock ‘n Rolls na lang sa dagat everybody!

        • 8.5.1.1
          Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

          What is so disconcerting about these ROCKs @Leona is ONLY THE PHILIPPINES ARE MAKING A BIG DEAL OUT OF IT. Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and others ARE NOT.

          I just wonder what STRATEGHY THIS GOVERNMENT IS AT. But this I can surmise.

          benign0 Simeon Co Huang Co A Qui Nois Chinese by blood. He wanted war so that Chinese invades us and he will FOREVER BE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES. NEAT STRATEGY.

          Now, so as Chinese will not have headaches, benign0 Simeon Co Huang Co and So To (sounds like Chinese name to me, too) will approve cybercrime law to clench Cyberdictatorship.

          If the Filipinos revolt against So To and Co Huang Co they will have the recently purchased Coast Guard Cutters and helicopter against the them.

          Why would they buy useless ARMED-less HARM-less Cutters and short-range mid-air fueling challenged helicopters? These purchases are there to decimate the Filipinos to oblivion.

          So, there you are @Leona, everything is in place:

          Coast Guard Cutters
          Helicopters
          Cybercrime Law
          non-approval of FOI

          The next move is fire lantakas at Chinese aircraft carrier bristling with weapons of destruction.

          NEver mind the brilliant Philippine Peryodistas, they always have their passports ready with Valid Visas.

          • 8.5.1.1.1
            Alan says:

            It makes me wonder, periodistas aside, why the rest of the world won’t seem to listen to your utterly brilliant revelations or read your stupefyingly intelligent analyses: Is it a matter of ignorance? credibility? insignificance? that little thing with the pre-teen which you anyway apologized for?

            • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

              I don’t know, man. You can also apply your statement to the Philippines and to the peryodistas because they are soooo insignificant and lacking credibility to the world that Philippines make a fuss and big deal out of it hoping the world would know where the Philippines is at.

              I read Philippines from New York Times thru its Filipino Philippine correspondent it is peppered with “according to sources” “allegedly” becaue New York Times wouldn’t want the news from the Philippine side as factual. New York Times is soooo into their credibility that they must have advised that Filiipino correspondent if he cannot vet the fact put “allegedly” OR NOT REPORT AT ALL :)

  23. 7
    Johnny Lin says:

    We only DISPUTE the small ROCKS that we see but we do not didpute the big rocks we fail to see.

    Philippines is controlled by Chinese already
    Here is the proof:

    President: Benigno Co juang co Aquino
    Archbishop : Luis Go kim Tagle
    Richest man : Henry Sy
    Most notorios criminal: Rolito Go

    Latest national hero : Jesse Robredo (Lim Pay Co)

    He he he

    • 7.1
      vander anievas says:

      @J.Lin,
      yes. true.
      i didn’t know jose rizal was also of chinese descent.
      how about “Lin”?…:)

      • 7.1.1
        raissa says:

        Yeah.

        How about Lin?

        • 7.1.1.1
          Johnny Lin says:

          More proof

          Mayor of Manila: Alfredo Lim
          Bangko Sentral Governor: Say Te Tang Co
          Speaker of the House: Sonny. Belmonte: married to late Betty Go , heiress to Fookin Times

          Aha!
          Johnny Lin: original tipster on AMLA thru Raissa blog picked up later by Ombudsman

          Carpio Morales to Raissa: “love ka ni CJ”

          He he he

    • 7.2
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      The CHINESE ARE HERE ALREADY …… That is why benign0 Co Juan Co wanted war with China underthe guise of patriotism patrimony in holy matrimony WHEN THE REAL SCORE IS HE WANTED CHINA TO INVADE PHILIPPINES ……

      …… SO ……

      benign0 Co Juan Co CAN RULE FOREVER WITH HIS 188 NON-READING RUBBERSTAMP CONGRESSMEN AND DESIGNER SUPREME COURT ….

      benign0 Co Juan Co is a CHINESE MOLE. He wanted War knowing that PHilippines is no match to China. benign0 fires the first shot. China attacks. PHilippines surrender. BENIGN0 will be the dictator FOREVER !!!!!!!

      Weeeeeee !!!!! HAWR! HAWR! HAWR! HAWR! LOGICAL !!!!!! AWESOME LOGIC !!!!! NON-NEGOTIABLE

  24. 6
    zamera says:

    China will also claim Africa as part of its territory if it could. “Too bad” the African nations China “helps” to develop in exchange for energy and natural resources are “too far”. Note that China still receives some financial aid as a third world country, and yet they are “giving” development funds too in Africa. Natives resent them though, for pirating their products among other things, resulting to Chinese workers getting kidnapped.

  25. 5
    fed_up says:

    In an earlier post, I’ve gotten irreverent to what Pnoy’s father’s dictum wanted us to follow after him (“The Filipino is worth dying for.”) with all the rampant gambling (cockfighting, jueteng) and plunder (treasury: fertilizer scam, bridge-construction scam, etc; environment: illegal logging, illegal mining, etc) going around the country.

    With Loida Nicolas-Lewis revelation how richly endowed with mineral resources the country is, I’m now reconsidering.

    • 5.1
      vander anievas says:

      @fed_up,
      can’t get it. what will you reconsider?
      would you want to change it to: mineral resources are worth dying for?…:)

    • 5.2
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      ha! ha! ha! hA! benign0 Sr said that when he was in America and Cory was in France nibbling on croissant and le blanc …..

      PHILIPPINES IS NORT WORTH DYING FOR … paano ba mag-apply ng Visa to Madagascar ?

  26. 4

    If China’s Public Enemy No. 1. Loida Nicolas-Lewis IS TELLING THE TRUTH,

    That’s more than a million US DOLLARS, press release that will gain awe and respect for the Philippines in the eyes of the oil hungry world. To say before the eyes of an interested world that Philippines will only be next to Saudi Arabia as oil producer in the hundreds of billion dollars. Let it ring true and reverberates everywhere. Let the Wall Street Journal, the London Economist and the Forbes Magazine attest to the accuracy of the words of Loida Nicolas-Lewis. That will make the South East on level with the Middle East. And Philippines a monarchy with King P Noy decreeing cutting arms and beheading thieves in the government. WHAT WISHFUL heretic THINKING that the world is not flat but round !!! .

    • 4.1

      Rocks? Igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic rocks? Forget pizza crust,
      but brush up on Earth Crust and Geology. Philippines is in the
      rim of fire, where are our geologists? When our
      meteorologists can’teven have proper equipment? Are our volcanoes
      mainly geothermals or also oil-fired?

      • 4.1.1

        Let me say something about the Philippines UNDISPUTED but often misunderstood ROCKS. Much of Rizal Province from Paranaque to whole of Makati have as soil parent material adobe rocks, which are igneous rocks from water-laid molten magma which probably came from Laguna Lake said to be the crater of an ancient volcano. Quezon city has the hardest adobe rock called escumbro. Makati and Q.C. can develop skyward with HIGHRISES better and safer than perhaps Manhattan. The city of Manila’s soft underbelly (hyrdrosol) can develop and grow underground and can have underground flooded malls. Sedimentary rocks may be found on shore and offshores as little islands, or it could have the metamorphic rock (marble) of Romblon island in the province of the same name. Well, in the early 60’s claims were made that our marble deposits in Romblon were richer than of Italy’s. Camiguin Island Province small as it is has eleven volcanoes. Do you have oil under Camiguin? WHERE ARE OUR GEOLOGISTS all these years?

        • 4.1.1.1

          IS Loida Nicolas-Lewis a LAWYER? Is she better than all our million lawyers?

          Did she become public enemy No. 1 because of her confidence and competence to claim that China is violating International Law because China is unabashedly laying claim to parts of our sovereign territory as defined by International Law. WHERE ARE OUR LAWYERS? We know how good they are in giving pro bono defense to accused government crooks and sleazy corporate weasels. Are international law issues that unattractive to top notch lawyers?

          • 4.1.1.1.1
            Victin Luz says:

            @alizarin……Lewis speaking speaking on behalf of the Filipino people was a great help to us but isn’t better while she barked China’s encroaching to our territory/natural resources at South China Sea , ..LEWIS and her group must throw everything they have in CONVINCING Washington and Big American Companies to enter into a JOINT VENTURE’s with the Philippine Govetnment in developing our natural resources thereat ( Spratlys and Scarborough ) in a much LOWER PERCENTAGE of CONTRACT PRICE than that of AUSTRALIA and other nation’s ,… being their TRUSTED ALLIE’s ( kaya..mapagkakatiwalaan ba natin ang US ?we all knew what happen to our gold mines and gold when they held majority stocks of such companies ) and are they going to leave to us , teach us the advance technology pertaining to the GAS, BLACK OIL extraction

            • Victin Luz says:

              Now that we were being bullied by China why not US help us in extracting our own natural resources in the contested areas at the same time while sending US patrol ships on the area, in a SOFT LOAN if they can not give us for FREE. Lewis must barked also to US about such contract or aid.

        • 4.1.1.2
          macspeed says:

          wow, dear Aliza, thats a lot of knowledge i picked -up he he he

        • 4.1.1.3
          Victin Luz says:

          Highest paid geologist were employed at NAPOCOR before it was privatized , receiving a salary of P60,000.00 a month plus P15,000.00 COLA for a DEPARTMENT MANAGER ( GEology 1 or Jr. Geologist received more or less P20,000.00 a month ), while SAUDI base geologist are receiving P250,000.00 a month and a US mainland hired geologist earned up to P500,000.00 a month.

          Guess now kung nasaan sila. UNRATIONALIZED salary and wages of our Expert Professional’s was one of the Govtment. Problems and here come’s theSENATE giving bonuses at 1.6m pesos to our senators selectively he he.

          • 4.1.1.3.1
            vander anievas says:

            ang gusto ni jpe, hapi ka. kaya nga ayaw nya sa RHbill. mas maraming pinoy, mas maraming ofw. mas maraming remittance. mas malaki ang magiging “savings nila”. at mas HAPI sila…

    • 4.2
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      HA! HA! HA!

      Loida is definitely wrong. here are whys:

      1. To Filipinos, Loida became velievable because she is wealthy that married into wealth
      2. She speaks goot englsichtzes

      BEFORE FILIPINOS GO TO WAR AGAINST CHINA ……

      drill oil in Tanon Strait first and foremost. If they have the temerity to destroy the natural habitat of bottled nose dolphin …. I GO WITH THE FLOW TO ATTACK CHINA OVER SPRATLEYS NATURAL RESOURCES TO BE DRILLED OF OIL ……

  27. 3
    Martial Bonifacio says:

    1. Joint Maritime Seismic Undertaking
    Well we have tried bilateral talks before under gloria arroyo (JSMU) and after that what did china say when Pnoy declined phase 2 due to its anomalies?

    “The Philippines surrendered its sovereignty under JSMU”.

    Regarding panatag read this article from manila times:
    http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/sunday-times/front-pages/22809-china-philippines-must-surrender-sovereignty

    Hong Lei said: “That Philippine government vessels must withdraw from the area.”

    I believe until now we are complying too much to their demands. Correct me if im wrong but the last news that i have read is that there are still 3 ships in panatag waving chinese flag.

    2. Minesweeper
    I would not be suprised if this ship is checking our waters if mines have already been planted by china.

    http://globalnation.inquirer.net/61479/us-navy-minesweeper-arrives-in-subic-sunday

    Can you imagine if china declares it will close down West PH Sea from foreign ships like Iran? Any Country that china see as a threat will be hit by a embargo.

    Example is PH as a archipelago country who depends on oil from middle east, what can we do if china decides to board and deny entry of ships carrying oil to run our country?

    This is one of the reasons why i see Japan is willing to help us because its interest is the same (Freedom of navigation) since they get oil from the middle-east as well.

  28. 2
    leona says:

    Sobra busog na ang China! Matakaw lang! Glutton! Wants to devour! Mag kaka roon din ng matinding KABAG yan!

    • 2.1
      macspeed says:

      @leona, tama ka jan, wala silang takot sa Taas, super greed sila, dami nila lupa, ito pang kapriranggot aangkinin, siguro natuklasan na nila maraming gas reserves he he he sigurado namang walang fossilized crude oils duon ahil kelan lang lumitaw yan he he he bakit di sila mag drill sa lupain nilang napakalawak hayyyy greed greed greed sila

  29. 1
    praetorius says:

    nagugutom na ang China, or at least they need all the resources they can get, kahit anong paraan pa yan. :-)

    • 1.1
      Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      The Chinese are testing the waters wether it is warm to their welcome or cold.

      The Philipines is sending amessage to China not to mess with us. We are also sending it to Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia.

      We are telling them if they INVADE Spratleys and Scarborough it will be OVER OUR DEAD BODY. Truly, once China invades Filipinos will truly be dead.

      • 1.1.1
        macspeed says:

        he he he thats were the business game of USof A comes alive he he he

        Gapo was raped, nobody knows how much natural wealth were gone, they knew pinatubo will erupt hence they left.

        If USof A will not sell his arms to Pres Noy or whosoever succeed him in the next term then that means, no wealth in those rocks, but if Japok becomes the middle man, you are damn right, something is going on….

  30. Mel says:

    Internationalizing the Spratlys At Home & Abroad – By Jun Abad

  31. Mel says:

    Japan and Taiwanese vessels’ high seas water canons duel.

    Play or warning, it wasn’t that bad. They’ll never ran out of water to pump at each other.

    Who was watching and stayed dry on the side? China.

    Japan halts Taiwanese activists’ trip to islands

    Taiwan boat returns after Japan water cannon duel

  32. Martial Bonifacio says:

    PH’s support to rearm Japan surprises China
    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/01/15/13/phs-support-rearm-japan-surprises-china

    1. Yes we should not forget what happened during world war II but we should not blame the current peace loving generation of japanese people. I believe its not right to pass the blame the sins of their forefather, to their children.

    2. The question that still lingers my mind is this: Did the Philippines learn its lesson after being occupied by three countries? In my opinion the answer is NO.

    Our leaders kept neglecting (except this current administration) upgrading the AFP to defend the Philippines. Even in budget allocation the education is always the priority.

    In this instance, i agree to the proposal of Enrile that the constitution should be flexible. Ano nga ba naman yung use ng educational budget kung nasakop ka na naman uli ng ibang bansa? Mababa yung budget allocation for defense ng pilipinas compared sa mga neighboring countries natin.

    Lastly ang problema naman sa proposal ni enrile is pag na elect na naman ang isang tulad ni GMA. Remeber the time when the arroyo sold helicopters for PNP?

    • Martial Bonifacio says:

      At 1:22 when did Renato Reyes apply to be a foreign affairs secretary/spokesperson of US? As far as i remember him and BAYAN MUNA are leftist chinese lackeys in the PH.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKLlwGI4Ig4

      I really hope none of this leftist group wins this 2013 election.

      • raissa says:

        Bayan Muna is also against Beijing.

        • Martial Bonifacio says:

          I find it weird that they are against beijing yet “NONE” of them rallies in front of chinese embassy since the scarborough issue started. I never saw a news that shows a massive rally the same they always do against another world power unlike akbayan.

          http://globalnation.inquirer.net/36429/protester-arrested-over-attempt-to-burn-chinese-flag

          Not to mention neri colmenares and teddy casino seek to probe why the PH government failed to assert its sovereignty (House Resolution 2330) yet they are the first ones to question government initiatives to provide AFP a modern technology to defend our countries sovereignty.

          http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/06/20/12/corruption-fears-raised-fighter-jet-deal

          “Do we really need 12 fighter jets sa kalagayang ang pinaka-malaking problema ng Pilipinas ay ang kahirapan,” – Casino from ABS-CBN article.

          I dont even understand the rhetoric na baka mahaluan ito ng corruption yet they (Bayan muna) failed to appreciate the initiatives of the current government to be transparent enough to tell its people kung ano ano type ng ships or planes ang bibilhin ng gobyerno like the published deal on the maestrale class frigate from italy.

          • duquemarino says:

            My worst nightmare is becoming a reality.

            During the early part of the Scarborough shoal stand-off I wrote in raissa’s blog that when the typhoon season comes the Philippine vessels will be forced to seek shelter while the Chinese vessels guarding the shoal will be able to stay.

            Because of their more advanced capabilities they would be able to erect structures just like what they did in Mischief reef.

            For a starter, they have roped the Scarborough shoal. Before we know it, they will erect stilts for anchorage, then they will reinforce these to build a platform with roof as shelter for their fishermen. And it won’t be long before they install a communications facilities with the Chinese flag in a mast.

            That’s China’s creeping invasion. Can we stop it? I hope we can before it is too late.

    • Alan says:

      1. The Japanese now might be peace-loving but they’re also ignorant of what their country did. Government after government in Japan has made sure to edit all textbooks so Japanese students never learn of the savage brutality and atrocities which marked Japan’s effort to carve out its Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. They destroyed cities, murdered and tortured native populations, dragged women to become sex slaves, used civilians for target and bayonet practice and carried out biological warfare tests on prisoners of war. By contrast, Germany has educated all its youth about the Hitler’s and the Nazi regime’s barbarity
      2. The Philippines has had several militarization programs, one of the most noteworthy being that under the Ramos administration, which sold off Fort Bonifacio to raise money to buy ships, aircraft, tanks and missiles (the French wanted to sell us a flotilla of frigates). NOTHING HAPPENED. THE MONEY DISAPPEARED. There was also supposed to be a defense buildup under the Estrada administration. Again,NOTHING HAPPENED.
      3. The government is right to prioritize education, it’s an investment in the future. Even from a militaristic point of view historical studies show that the best fighting forces in the modern age are those composed of soldiers with good education (literacy as well as an understanding of technology)

  33. raissa says:

    Hi guys,

    I’ve just posted a new piece on cyber adultery and the cybercrime law.

    I’d like to know what you think of it.

    Thanks,
    Raissa

  34. leona says:

    It took the PNP Chief to make this observation to his subordinates who are acting stupid,

    “PNP chief orders ‘random’ checkpoints
    Updated Monday, January 14, 2013 – 2:18pm
    Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima on Monday told policemen to set up checkpoints at random and refrain from announcing these locations to the media to prevent criminals from taking advantage.”

    You can see how we have cops’ brains are like. Who is the stupid criminals passing thru announced ‘check points’ stupidly announcing their locations, etc.!

    Off topic but relevant to the kind of officials we really have in the law enforcement sectors.
    How can we fight China on bigger issues? Here, a small delicadeza is broadcasted pa! Ayus! Stupid and intended!

  35. Rene-Ipil says:

    In my reply to Alan on January 11, 2013 @13.1 of “Japan Foreign Minister wants to discuss with PNoy . . . .”, I said that China is employing the bullying tactics to us simply because it wants “to draw water from our well” or may be oil.

    Joe America @ 4 of same article said on January 9, 2013:

    “I particularly like the latest response to China’s initiative to support joint development in the Spratleys. The response, in effect, “Sure, if it follows Philippine law.” The point being this is Philippine territory. This is a superior strategy and Secretary Del Rosario and President Aquino deserve strong praise.”

    In today’s issue of the PDI TJ Burgonio wrote:

    “Ma Keqing, the Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, said both countries should push ahead with a plan to explore oil and gas in Recto Bank, which contained potential reserves of 3.4 trillion cubic feet of gas and 440 million barrels of oil.”

    Burgonio also reported that:

    “President Aquino is open to the idea of a Chinese company joining an oil and gas exploration in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) but says it has to comply with Philippine laws.

    “The prospective partner, China National Offshore Oil Corp. or CNOOC, has to recognize that Recto Bank is part of Philippine territory, the President said.

    “We’re talking about Recto Bank here. We can’t split Recto Bank with them. Recto Bank is ours. If they want to join, why not? We’re open to investors but they should comply with our laws,” Mr. Aquino said in Thursday’s dialogue with Radio Mindanao Network reporters.

    “We believe in our own laws, that there should be dispute resolution. It should be clear that [what] we’re getting into is ours and we will respect what is theirs,” he added.”

    • Victin Luz says:

      @Rene,…….it’s true, harnessing ( makikiamot sa sa yamang kalikasan ng Pilipinas ) is one thing and OWNING or exercising sovereignty of the area to be develop or HARNISH is of one different thing, which should not be surrendered by the Filipino people at large.

  36. baycas says:

    Commentary

    The tension between China and the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal has turned the spotlight on a dispute that has until recently been a neglected side show. What is the dispute about and how can it be settled?

    The dispute between China and the Philippines over Scarborough Shoal consists of two legal parts, each affecting a distinct geographical area.

    The first part is the sovereignty dispute over the five rocks in the shoal that are above high tide and their 12 nautical-mile territorial sea. The second part of the dispute is over sovereign rights in the EEZ beyond 12 nm from the rocks. The area affected is potentially ten times that affected by the sovereignty dispute.

    There is also an ambiguity about what China’s U-shaped line in the South China Sea represents. Is it a claim only to the islands, to maritime space based on historic rights or on EEZ arguments? This article will look at the implication of the two disputes on the U-shaped line.

    No. 102/2012 dated 18 June 2012
    The Scarborough Shoal dispute: Legal issues and implications
    By Huy Duong

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  38. fed_up says:

    The way things are going on in our relationship with China, we might not know it but she’s “frying us with our own lard” (“piniprito tayo sa sariling manteka”) by buying “Made in China” products, or even doing her the favor of “digging our own grave” as a free nation.

    There’s a commercial that is repetitiously being aired on TFC Channel which says: “All the balikbayan boxes (sent to the Philippines when put side by side) are (so many times longer) than the Golden Bridge and (when put on top of one another) are (so many times taller) than the Empire State Buiilding.”

    I find this ad offensive for two reasons: 1. It promotes the Philippines as a landfill for “Made in China” consumer products (the U.S. is flooded with these items) mostly from garage sales or “clearance sales” of big department stores ; 2. It advertises for freights to be paid to COSCO (Chinese government-owned) ships for transporting the ‘balikbayan’ boxes to the country which revenues they spend to arm themselves against us.

    After unloading containers of “Made in China” products at a U.S. port, mostly at Los Angeles, CA, it’s unprofitable that these ships go back to China without any cargo because of the distance between the U.S. and China and the high cost of bunker fuel.

    What they do is to load the ‘balikbayan’ boxes for discharge in Manila port or for transshipment at a nearby Asian port.

    How much is earned by COSCO ships from these ‘balikbayan’ boxes?

    The cost for shipping a ‘balikbayan’ box from California to the Philippines is: $55 for a regular box, $65 for extend size, and $75 for jumbox size. The costs for shipping them from the interior and Eastern states are higher.

    The 1990 records of U.S. Census Bureau has listed 1.4 million Filipinos and projected it to rise to 2.1 million in 2000.

    Granting there are only 100,000 Filipinos who send six ‘balikbayan’ boxes to the Philippines each year. Each year, the COSCO ships earn as freight at least $39 million (100,000 x 6 x $65).

    $39 million per year can be a big help for China in building a super oil rig (Loida Nicolas-Lewis video), or an aircraft carrier and jet plane for patrolling the Scarborough Shoals.

    Digging our own grave?

    It’s good that the NBN-ZTE Broadband deal (the project “which called for the installation of a telecommunications network linking government offices throughout the country”) did not go through.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/119639/what-went-before-the-nbn-zte-deal-2

    Had it gone through, China could have unlimited access to all our government records on economic planning and otherwise for them to manipulate for their own purposes. It could have expedited the “digging of our own grave.”

    I’ve started making overtures to the wife to stop sending “balikbayan” boxes to the Philippines!

    • raissa says:

      Wow. I didnt know that.

      You have any links we can read further?

      • fed_up says:

        Based on the number of agents’ offices accepting/facilitating them worldwide, the obsession of sending ‘balikbayan boxes’ (BBs) to the Philippines by overseas Filipino has reached an epidemic proportion as to become one of pernicious Filipino habits (PFHs – sending home BBs) which is not conducive to nation-building.

        Agents worldwide accepting BBs for sending to the Philippines:
        1. Star Kargo, via sea shipment or air shipment: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – 9 agents; SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – 7 agents; CHICAGO & MIDWEST – 7 agents; ARIZONA, HAWAII & COLORADO – 1 agent each; TEXAS, ARKANSAS, OKLAHOMA, ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI, LOUISIANA, GEORGIA, TENNESSEE – 1 agent
        http://www.abs-cbnglobal.com/Regions/USA/Products/StarKargo/AgentsandAreasCovered/tabid/628/Default.aspx

        2. International Shipping to Philippines: Areas served – 22 states
        http://www.balikbayanbox-shipping.com/philippines

        3. Manila Forwarder: Northern California – 7 agents, San Francisco, San Jose, Vallejo, Central California – 5 agents; Southern California – 11 agents; Alabama, Atlanta, Arizona, Arkansas, AUSTRALIA – 3 agents; CANADA
        http://manilaforwarder.com/affiliate.html

        4. Forex Cargo UK Co. Ltd: “Trusted and proven – Since establishing in the UK in August 1999, we have now shipped more than 100,000 balikbayan boxes.”
        http://www.forexcargouk.com/

        5. Manila Express – Manila Cargo: “We have weekly sea cargo shipment from Vancouver, Canada to Manila, Philippines.”
        http://www.manila-express.com/balikbayan.html

        6. BMExpress International Servicers Pty Ltd: AUSTRALIA – 20 agents
        http://www.bmexpress.com/bmexpress/agent-locator.php

        7. One blog even spells out how to send a BB from Germany:
        http://thelmaalberts.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Pack-And-Send-A-Balikbayan-Box-To-The-Philippines

        According to the blogger, “This Balikbayan Box was founded in the early of 1980´s, during late President Marcos time to help the Filipino overseas workers to save money in sending goods to their relatives in the Philippines. It is a custom in my home country to bring gifts to relatives and friends when going back home. (These) gifts called “Pasalubong” can be anything you like to give. It could be perfumes, watches, electrical appliances and many other things from abroad. By sending this Balikbayan box home, you can save a lot of money because it is tax free and there is no weight limit.” The blogger attributed the Filipino habit of BB sending from “a custom in my home country to bring gifts to relatives and friends when going back home.”

        Since the U.S., and perhaps throughout the word also, are flooded with “Made in China” products, I feel that China, in her confrontation with us, is “frying us in our own lard” (“piniprito tayo sa sariling manteca”), or even us doing her the favor of “digging our own grave” as a free nation.

        • fed_up says:

          Sorry, the above post is in reply to Ms Raissa query marked:

          20.1

          raissa says:

          January 14, 2013 at 6:43 am

          Wow. I didnt know that.

          You have any links we can read further?

          • fed_up says:

            @raissa. May I amplify my piece on ‘balikbayan box’ (BB) sending issue. One blogger said it was began by Pres. Marcos in early 1980s, perhaps as a measure to appease the Filipino masses who were getting increasingly disenchanted with his administration; he was toppled down from power in 1986.

            Marcos made the BB sending attractive (“tax free and and there is no weight limit”) and remains so until today. What started as a cosmetic measure to divert the attention of the people away from his evil designs has become so big now as to precipitate the swallowing of us all.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      When my parents dumped me at Los Angeles Airport they told me I will never get los finding PHilippine Air Lines Check-in counter. JUST FOLLOW THE SNAKING BALIKBAYAN BOXES and I will find the PAL Check-in Counter.

      As you are well aware, Cathay Pacific Check-in counter is just across PAL counter. I do not fly PAL because of ingay Filpinos. Inside their plane is a cacophony of unimaginable noise. It’s like mayhem. Somekind of unbelievable cruelty to my senses. I only flew PAL once in my international flights.

      As always I fly with Cathay Pacific. I stood in line for check-in. Cathay Pacific ground crew came up to me “Sir, PAL is over there” pointing to PAL check in. I said I am flying with Cathay Pacific. She looked at me. She looked at my BALIKBAYAN BOXES. She thought I was lost!!!!

      FROM THEN ON WHENEVER I TRAVEL I DONOT BRING BALIKBAYAN BOXES WITH ME.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      ZTE didnot go through? Wasn’t benign0 planning to court ZTE again ?

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Another reason why I do not fly PAL is because it is sooo masikip !!! DIOS MIO !!! Now imgine a Boeing 747-400 can fly 500 people. Imagine further each passneger allowed to carry two 50-lb balikbayan boxes. That is 100 lbs per Filipino. Each 500 Filipino passneger have a backpack full of carne norte in the overhead bin.

      Let us calculate: 500 Filipinos x 100 lbs = 50,000 lbs that is 25 TONS !!!!!!

      500 Filipios have average weight of 145 lbs = 72,500 lbs that is 36 TONS !!!!!

      Each 500 carry backpack full of carne norte and chocolates at 10 lbs = that is 2.5 TONS

      Their handbags has carne norte, too ……

      JESUS MARY MOTHER OF GOD !!!!! THAT IS A DANGEROUS PLANE TO FLY ….

      Another thing I do not fly PAL is because of the masungeit old stewardesses. Only old stewardesses get to fly international. And the only customer of PAL are Filipinos. ADD THAT TOGETHER …… IT’S A FLIGHT THAT YOU WOULDN’T BE IN ……

      WELL, Filipinos fly PAL because of that COMFORT ZONE. They feel comfortable with their englsichtzes.

      • macspeed says:

        he he he he not anymore, we send the boxes via Sky freightr DHL he he he he

        the modernized OFW just carry ipads and HTC or Nokia cell phones, each one has sim card, and some even dual sim card he he he

        • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

          Philippine Customs Inspectors are now targeting OFWs carrying 10 iPhones. They better slip 20 Riyals in their passport so everything is fine and dandy else these inspectors will take these toys away from them.

          • macspeed says:

            he he he how did you knew that? he he he he one cp each to my 3kids, one cp to my wife plus perfumes he he he he that all, one time aOFW mate was asked to provide tax to his Picture tube type TV because he has 3, the guy said, it is second hand for my mom, still they insist asking fee, the guy held the TV up and dropped broken on the floor and he said, its yours ass holes!!!

            OFW’s suffered emotional bruises with the employers, and away from love ones, problems in work, hence after that, OFW’s goes straight out no questions asked he he he

            Customs, dont mess around with Homesex OFW,s or anyone would get raped!!!

            • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

              @Mac, I have a question. Can an OFW bring a laptop in an unopened original packaging without being harassed by Philippine Custom? Or should they have to unpack the laptop and place it in their checked baggages along with their personal belongings.?

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Do not believe Loida just because she’s wealthy which is the usual culture of the Filipinos
      DO NOT BELIEVE LOID BECAUSE SHE MARRIED INTO WEALTH …
      DO NOT BELIEVE LOIDA BECAUSE SHE SPEAKS GOOT ENGLISCHTZES

      WEalth, style, english even makes FILIPINOS BELIEVE IN ME WITH MY PAKA-PAKA englishtzes.

      So let us get down to what is real ….

      IF WE BOYCOT CHINESE MADE OR CHIENSE ASSEMBLED products IT IS LIKE LIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES IN STONE AGE …. because everything nowadays is made in the China.

      So let us make price comparison: I only wear New Balance. Because New Balance is the sneakers of choice by the white americans. New Balance 992 sneakers are made in Made-in-U.S. but in reality it is assembled in the U.S. with materials made-in-China. New Balance made in the U.S. is $135.00. There are new Balance that are made in China. It is $65.00

      Now if we bocot China, can we REALLY AFFORD TO BUY AS SIMPLE AS SNEAKERS OR T-SHIRT? OK, let us talk about T-Shirt. Ralph Lauren Polo T-shirt is $50.00. Made-in-China fruit of the Loom is 10 for $18.00 WHICH ONE WOULD YOU BUY? of course made-in-china Fruit of-the-loom !!!!

      THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN BOYCOTT CHINESE MADE OR ASSEMBLED PRODUCTS even your iPhone is assembled in China.

      • macspeed says:

        perhaps there is no way to boycott china products he he he because it is always cheap he he he

        got to go… pasok na po..

        • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

          OK, sir @Macspeed, Godspeed to you and your pipelines ….

          • macspeed says:

            Thanks tol he he he

            i always wear H2S detector on my knee, about 500mm from grade level, H2S are heavier than air hence goes down, one’s it beeps, we look for wind socks for wind direction and we run across the wind he he he he namumutla sa takot, one time we saw a British guy so arogant without the safety gadgets, hit by an H2S leak on the pressure transmitter his working with, falls dead. H2S is 10 x deadlier that cobra venom he he he

      • leona says:

        @Mariano…are you admitting your laptop or computer is Made in China? If you say “No” then why say “there is no way WE can boycott Chinese made or assembled products xxx. But if you say “Yes” then what then should we do if WE cannot boycott? Any good suggestion?

        I like hear one.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      40-foot container has a dimension of 40′ x 8′ x 8.5′ with a volume of 2,752 cubic feet
      Jumbo Forex Balikbayan box has 1.67′ x 1.92′ x 1.42″ with a volume of 4.50 cubic feet
      Let us extrapolate

      2,752 cubic feet divided by 4.5 cubic feet you have = 611 BALIKBAYAN BOXES !!!!

      611 BALIKBAYAN BOXES MULTIPLIED BY $65 FREIGHT PER BOX YOU HAVE = roughly $40,000 in freight per container.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      http://globalnation.inquirer.net/mindfeeds/mindfeeds/view/20080116-112708/How-many-Filipinos-are-really-in-the-US

      Lookit this condescending stuck-up accusation by Inquirer that the Filipnos in America are undercounted when the PHilippine Embassy in America cannot even know how many Filipinos there are except rely on U.S. Staticstics.

      PHILIPPINE MEDIA IS TRULY GROOVY !!!!

      IF INQUIRER WANTED to know how many Filipnos there are SHOULDN’T THEY ASK PHILIPPINE EMBASSY ? Why ask PHilipne Embassy when they themselves rely on American figures ? DUH !

    • Victin Luz says:

      Tell the Filipinos at USA to send dollars here in the Pilippines and let the receiver choose what to do or what to BUY in our country….. Even here almost aall are made in China but at least we will help our entrepreneurs/businesses earn more profits……..Who are those entrepreneurs/businessman here ,…mostly Filipinos of Chinese Origin…… Di bale kakampi natin sila di ba…….

      @fed-up…..why not influenced those Filipinos at USA to send balikbayan boxes thru ship’s not owned by China?

      @fed-up……why not ask LEWIS to lead your group to LOBBY for a USA based company to explore,develop and HARNISH JOINTLY our natural resources under Phil. LAWs at the sami time while throwing their NAVY patrolling the Western Phil. Sea……..the Philippines was USA trusted ally after 1900, BUT for USA are they our trusted ally in return?

      fed-up@…….ZTE NBN was no much to USAs higly technical, modern and advance electrical and communication System manned by ultra Rich USA companies,….why not convinced them with LEWIS as your leader to invest here at reasonable prices/profit for an ALLY trusted since the year 1900.

    • macspeed says:

      @baycas he he he truth had you perfectly pictured out he he he, china products are so cheap that is why its being taken buy mostly those who dont want to spend much.

      Herein KSA, there are stores called everything 10Saudi Riyal he he he, if you go inside 99% are chinese product from toys to towels and battery chargers he he he he

      The quality from china is getting better, did you see iphone made in china? he he he he
      Well we can stop buying these china items he he he he to give them a blow like an upper cut….

    • leona says:

      @fed_up…you’re wrong…We are not ‘emitting’ oil to fry us up but only ‘LAWAY!’ mixed with words which are only what we can do.

      When fried up with our laway, we really smell like rotten BagoONG when cooked up! Nobody likes to get near us to help!

  39. macspeed says:

    Those Disputed Rocks may grow as new LAND in the near future and some established Rocks may submerged beneath its current location. May lilitaw pero may lulubog…it may not be as quick as you think…this will take time…

    The earths crust and its layers are continuously adjusting itself in equilibrum, some continents were beleive to have travelled unnoticed, you can google search if you want the details.

    Those Rocks are not Laughing matter, saying the President is a mongoloid by one of the sorry chinese ass, as if he is sure his blood is pure Filipino and as if he is sure that tomorrow will be sunny and bright…

    Good night everyone….

  40. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    The first order of the day should not be about China but about those useless military arsenals that were bought which is goot only against the Filipos not against China.

    benign0 Aquino should be investigated for incompetence wastage of OFWs money.

    Maybe benign0 Aquino are preparing these military arsenals against the Filipinos once the Chiense are knocking on Malacana’gs doors.

    These arsenals cannot fly to Spratleys and back. They do not have SAM, phalanx, AtoAir missiles. Night vision. mid-air refueling. SO THEREFORE, these will be used against the Filipinos who are against Chinese invasion.

    These are not anti-personnel hellicopters ….. These are anti-Filipino hellicopters ….

    COULD IT BE benign0 Co Juan Co a chinese puppet ?

    • macspeed says:

      I am supposed to sleep early tonight, but there goes you bro in USofA he he he he just arrived probably from church or perhaps from childrens park with your kids, what ever, good to see you back…

      There are no Pure Filipinos>>>Malays originally raped by chinese during changed gift of the tradesman, then offspring were so strong came out Lapu Lapu looks like Limahong you knew what took place fighting yet with the Spaniards came out victorious and raped those chinese bred Malays, then came out mestisa, with chinita eyes, i really dont know the dates coz i dont memorize he he he as i understood, Americans also did some raping of our Filipina and as well as the land. In between, chinese keep on trading as well while there were troubles as well during WW2 with the Japoks…all in all, there are no pure Filipinos …but whatever the Philippines now is the race to be reconkened with…

      he he he good nite really he he he i got a site visit at corridor pipeline tomorrow….

      • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        My early weekend ritual is hike Griffith Park where Manny Pacquiao runs in his every fight. After, I drive 4 miles for tinulang halibut and 1 and a half scoop of rice. Head home and watch Netflix. No! No! before anything else I check Joe America and Raissa. Then on to news sites. Google Philippine News. If news came from Philippne news sites that blocked and ex-communicated me I DO NOT READ AT ALL.

        Majority of my news sources are from bloggers like Joe, Raissa and you and its commentators. I JUST DO NOT BELIEVE PHILIPPINE NEWS if it is not blogged to the hilt. I slowed down on my drinking since my Filipino doctor told me that I got a “bump” in kidney readings. My cholesterol is signifacantly down. My blood sugar went up from 92 to 126!!!!! I do not even like sugary stuff. I use honey for sugar. PhD (Philippine Doctor) told me it is hereditary. OK. I believe him my Nanay was diabetic. My PhD told me that I will live to be 100 !!!!

        Women seems to be prized in wars. They get raped often. I do not know why men rape women. I do not get it at all. Maybe men like women that resist because women always play act in bed like they were in pain. They groan, they moan, they scream. They say “please huwag mo masyado isagad masakit” when they are the one making sagad.

        The world is sick, NOT ONLY FILIPINOS but the world.

        Easy on those pipeline, Mac !!! Remember that offshore oil rig in Mexico Gulf? They were Filipinos using blowtorch on oil pipeline. To this day the Americans are still piecing together these blown-up pinoys.

        Goot night.

        • macspeed says:

          He he he he i dont believe its 1 1/2 cup only, you probably get more rice coz of the sugar level he he he he, after 6pm, you must only eat pipino and carrots, no rice. Also one secret is you need to perspire what you have eaten from breakfast to last meryenda which is 3pm, every night at least pawisan ka he he after 3 months, your sugar level will go down….

          on newpapers, contents are edited per instruction from the topic personnel or per instruction from proponent he he he but here, it is always uncensored, truth and factual, bravo CPM’s

  41. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    Since Spratleys is far far far away, the senate should also investigate benign0 and the P<MAyers and their consultants why they boughted helicopters not H101 and aircraft carrier to refuel them mid-air. The recent purchase of hellicopters are useless if used in Spratleys. If they flew from Subic to Spratleys they'd fall like flies before they even reach Spratleys because they ran out of av fuel.

    WHO ARE THESE BRILLIANT GUYS? WHERE ARE THE BRILLIANT CONDESCENDING PHILIPPINE MEDIA WHO ARE AGOG OVER PURCHASE OF USELESS HELLICOPTERS ?

    What they needed to purchase are F-16s but they have to pawn METRO MANIL to pay off the F-16s.

    And why would America allow the PHilippines to purchase F-16s when Americans themselves stripped down these useless Hamilton class with weapons of destruction ?

    WILL BRILLIANT PHILIPPINE MEDIA CONNECT THE DOTS ALL THE WAY TO SPRATLEYS PLEASE ????????

    AKO NA LANG BA NATIRANG NAG-ISIP SA PILIPINAS ?

    • Alan says:

      How’s Ignacio the maid?

      • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

        I’m still here. The old man is needing his diapers changed. I’ll go tend to him. Then feed him. Then on to latrines.

        • Alan says:

          mind the spittle

          • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

            Ewwwww !!!!! That is gross !!! I’ll do anything that earns honest living :)

            • Alan says:

              that’s a statement of intent not accomplishment

            • Mel says:

              Nature calls, can’t help it and felt busting for some droppings.

              As one friend once said of his Missus, “She’s a gold digger”.

              Intrigued, he explained further for fear of being bashed by his kumander in chief. He sheepishly confides that part of her work duties is to swipe clean an aged client’s ar$e hole of waste.

              There’s gold and silver minerals on those dungs.

              Now, a source of fecal transplants that could save another man’s life. Cheaper and better than cell transplants. GMA and BAbalos can exchange gifts.

              Source of mineral rich recycled pooh waste:

              “… The study was small, but found 43 of 49 patients recovered very quickly after receiving IMT (intestinal microbiota transplantation), and showed no complications from C. difficile in a followup three months later.” – Use human feces to cure C. difficile: Study

              “… doctors are taking a different approach. Instead of continued assaults on bacteria, “fecal matter transplants” recolonize the colon with new bacteria from a healthy donor.

              “This is brand-new for most gastroenterologists,” said Dr. Suku George, Hunter’s treating physician. “We are very excited about this.” – Little-known fecal transplant cures woman’s bacterial infection

              “… getting a “stool transplant” could become a standard treatment within just a few years. Just as blood banks and sperm banks are now commonplace, stool banks may soon dot the landscape.”
              Stool Transplants Could Soon Be Standard Treatment For Clostridium Difficile

              • macspeed says:

                he he he he he he, he he he he he, he he he
                pambihira, pambihira hayyyyyy what ever, that is still medical technology to look into he he he he

  42. Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

    benign0 should be investigated by Senate why he boughted two armed-less, harm-less, head-less Hamilton Class without weapons of destruction. this hamilton-class IS NOTHING BUT A MERE PASSENGER SHIP. Useless. Waste of Money.

    BENIGN0 AQUINO SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED BY THE MEDIA ….. yuna … by the Media ? FORGET IT !!!!! The PHilipine Media covers-up the ARMED-LESS, HARM-LESS, HEAD-LESS Hamilton Class procurement that was pure waste of money.

    Next President will investigate benign0 Aquino …. and I am hoping they will investigate these stuck-up arrogant condescending “brilliant” PHilippine Media for failure to analyze.

  43. spoinky says:

    Nixon should be blame for China’s rise. Well that is history.

    However, what I can not understand with the Philippine government is I rarely hear news about us the Philippines producing its own ships, at the least Patrol or Littoral ships. Ship which has an endurance at sea for at least a month or more. We feel helpless that we have nothing to show. Unlike Indonesia they already produce large naval vessels like the Makassar class a multi-purpose sea lift vessel.

    The Philippines today is rank number four in shipbuilding base on global orders. Buying locally produce ships is a win win situation. First transfer of technology, our maritime engineers, welders, electrician, plumbers will add knowledge to their craft which will be useful for the country in the future. Second, the money spent to those ships will mostly go to the Filipino workers as wages who manufacture these ships and returns back as income tax to the government. You increase employment and most of the money never went out. Not only that, Filipino workers from these shipbuilders will pride themselves that what they are welding, assembling and creating is for the defense of the country. This will uplift our morale as a nation.

    I hope our shipbuilding industry will flourish and the government should exploit this advantage and buy ships for the country. We could even be a great naval power in the region someday.

    • raissa says:

      We’re about to produce ships, with Japan’s aid.

    • Alan says:

      You’d think the fact we are an archipelago, plus our maritime affinity going back centuries, would mean we have a fairly capable navy. Alas no. But that might be changing. Anyway you are absolutely right, we have the shipbuilding capability plus Filipinos constitute the largest cadre of seamen globally. Here’s to hoping

  44. fed_up says:

    The way things are going on in our relationship with China, we might not know it but she’s “frying us with our own lard” (piniprito tayo sa sariling manteka) by buying “Made in China” products, or even doing her the favor of “digging our own grave” as a free nation.

    There’s a commercial that is repetitiously being aired on TFC Channel which says: “All the balikbayan boxes (sent to the Philippines when put side by side) are (so many times longer) than the Golden Bridge and (when put on top of one another) are (so many times taller) than the Empire State Buiilding.”

    I find this ad offensive for two reasons: 1. It promotes the Philippines as a landfill for “Made in China” consumer products (the U.S. is flooded with these items) mostly from garage sales or “clearance sales” of big department stores ; 2. It advertises for freights to be paid to COSCO (Chinese government-owned) ships for transporting the ‘balikbayan’ boxes to the country which revenues they spend to arm themselves against us.

    After unloading containers of “Made in China” products at a U.S. port, mostly at Los Angeles, CA, it’s unprofitable that these ships go back to China without any cargo because of the distance between the U.S. and China and the high cost of bunker fuel.

    What they do is to load the ‘balikbayan’ boxes for discharge in Manila port or for transshipment at a nearby Asian port.

    How much is earned by COSCO ships from these ‘balikbayan’ boxes?

    The cost for shipping a ‘balikbayan’ box from California to the Philippines is: $55 for a regular box, $65 for extend size, and $75 for jumbox size. The costs for shipping them from the interior and Eastern states are higher.

    The 1990 records of U.S. Census Bureau has listed 1.4 million Filipinos and projected it to rise to 2.1 million in 2000.

    Granting there are only 100,000 Filipinos who send six ‘balikbayan’ boxes to the Philippines each year. Each year, the COSCO ships earn as freight at least $39 million (100,000 x 6 x $65).

    $39 million per year can be a big help for China in building a super oil rig (Loida Nicolas-Lewis video), or an aircraft carrier and jet plane for patrolling the Scarborough Shoals.

    Digging our own grave?

    It’s good that the NBN-ZTE Broadband deal (the project “which called for the installation of a telecommunications network linking government offices throughout the country”) did not go through.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/119639/what-went-before-the-nbn-zte-deal-2

    Had it gone through, China could have unlimited access to all our government records on economic planning and otherwise for them to manipulate for their own purposes. It could have expedited the “digging of our own grave.”

    I’ve started making overtures to the wife to stop sending “balikbayan” boxes to the Philippines!

  45. Parekoy says:

    Break muna…

    Due to PNoys abnormal actions trying to clean up the Philippine government, they are wondering if there is realky something wrong with him. He was able to pass the RH bill and turned it into law and defied the sanctimonious Catholic Church. At first, the Maoist wing of the Chinese leadership was confident that their former recruits, Political Consultant DVD Llamas and their chinese breed dog Chow chow Lagman, were implementing the Chinese population control variant of one-child policy and ablolishment of any religious authorites’ grip on breeding low IQ and malnourished and criminally inclined destitute children. Then Pnoys strong stand on the Spratlys and noise made in the Global stage. The Chinese Pulitburo was puzzled, thought that PNoy is dominantly Chinese and should passive and not be rocking the boat similar with the Taipans who control the economic wealth of the nation.

    Investigation was opened to fined the abnormal actions by this Chinese-Filipino President. Urgently a team of Chinese anthropologists and geneticists are currently investigating whether Pres. Aquino has a dominant Chinese genes. They employed their South Korean mole, a beauty radio personality. They sent her to lure the President, her mission is to collect the primal most fresh gene sample she can get. Her voluptous headlights caught the president’s attention. She was courted, dined and eventually bedded. She was able to take a very crucial sample.

    She passed the sample contained in a plastic vial. The chinese control agent was in awe by the success of these Korean Matahari. The Chinese master asked her how she was able to get it, it will be added in the Chinese secret techniques in obtaining this kind of sample. She said it was no brainer, she swallowed it, controlled gagging and quickly spit it in her vial!

    The geneticists then did not waste time when they received the important sample. They did the test. They were surprise and worried about the result, they know the the Chinese Leadership will not be happy with this, yet they have to deliver it however bad that would be.

    The Chinese Premier opened the report, and his epicanthus were unfolded, he read: Aquino has a dominant Mongol gene and most probably Genghis Khan’s bloodline!

    The Great Leader wiped his sweat on his forehead and with trembling voice muttered, “No wonder he is acting abnormal, he has Mongol(oid) genes”!

    • tagasampaloc says:

      @Parekoy-
      This comment of yours is more hilarious than MRP’s and yet as witty and intelligen as J, Lin’s. I like it so much that I can’t resist replying to this. LOL

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      @parekoy, goot! goot! that you pulled that “MAOIST” word from the abyss of Philippine Media’s newsprint. IN THE FRACAS of rock formation in China Sea, NPAs are now called “MAOIST” just recently !!!! AMAO! AMAO! AMAO!

      The Brilliant PHiliphinos wanted war and when China attacks THEY RAN TO PAPA !!!!

      GO AHEAD, COME TO PAPA !!!!!!

    • e.a. pascual says:

      a good example from my perspective of an original hilarious comment worth reading and responding to,! thank you.
      repetitious predictable tiresome comments are good for increasing count of viewers who come to raissa’s blog. you don’t have to read them.

  46. Rolly says:

    Ramos must have been bribed by doing nothing to the Chinese incursion of the Mischief Reef in 1994, otherwise, what kind of a leader he was…..

    It is incomprehensible to its people that their president did not exert effort preserving the nation’s integrity and sovereignty…kahiyahiya naman. What would other countries think about us…pushover, batok-batukan?

    • Victin Luz says:

      Tama ka dyan @Rolly,….I had seen the timetable or the CPM ( critical path method ) in the construction of Heavily Armed Fortress of the islets MISCHIEF REEF during RAMOS regime ,..,..( including % accomplishmen with photographs of the building while being constructed erected during the RAMOS administration ) at WESCOM intelligence office in PALAWAN…… I think pictures were still posted on their bulletin board up to now.

      Journalist can visit WESCOM to verify.

      • Victin Luz says:

        It was photographed by our reconaissance plane regularly on the year1994 upward while the Chinese were contsructing their armed forrtress at mischief reef and if I am not mistaken it is nearer to the shoreline of mainland Palawan than or compared to our 8 islets comprising KALAYAAN Municipalities of the same province.

        If you are going to visit our claimed Islets on the area , you have to pass by mischief reef but I can not remember if by measuring the horizontal distance from shoreline of the mainland up to mischief reef will be more or less than 200miles as called upon by EEZ.

        But I am very positive that the 8 islets of KALAYAAN Municipality are outside the 200miles EEZ horizontal distance does it was not incorporated in our Archipelagic Baseline Doctrine and only declared by RA 9252 as Regime of Islands. Surrounding thereat at far distance are islets, atoll ,reefs claimed by ASEAN nations and China except to the EAST where only mischief reef was located nearer to Palawan province.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      If RAmos, Rambo, and Gringo made so much fuss about the ROCK, we wouldn’t be HERE DEBATING ………

    • leona says:

      Si pres. Ramos is a weak leader when something strong and insistent is required. Re/mber the coup plotters at Manila Hotel…only 10 push ups as a penalty! He rather stay away from a fight than get engaged into one. General pa! aYUS! Kaya, he never had something ‘controversial’ during his reign as he avoids it totally. So, ok ang performance niya!

  47. leona says:

    China is not only making new claims but also making ‘new Maps’ with ‘new names’ of the islands it claiming. This is fraudulent surveying and map-planning!

    Just like what happened in Rizal province, many titles with only 1,000 SQM were fraudulently titled to others into 1,000 hectares! Fake titles, fake surveys!

    Are we new to this fraudulent mapping and surveying of these islands by China?

    • leona says:

      The online news portal of TV5

      The link…

      “MANILA, Philippines – China has published new maps that for the “first time” put disputed islands in South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) being claimed by the Philippines “in equal scale” to that of Chinese mainland, Xinhua, China’s official press agency, reported on Friday. The maps also featured islands in East China Sea being claimed by Japan.

      Quoting information from China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, Xinhua said the country had included in its new vertical-format maps over 130 islands and islets in the South China Sea, “most of which have not been featured on previous maps of China.”

  48. isellnuts says:

    Please read this;

    UNCLOS PART XV SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES

    Article 284

    Conciliation

    1. A State Party which is a party to a dispute concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention may invite the other party or parties to submit the dispute to conciliation in accordance with the procedure under Annex V, section 1, or another conciliation procedure.

    2. If the invitation is accepted and if the parties agree upon the conciliation procedure to be applied, any party may submit the dispute to that procedure.

    3. If the invitation is not accepted or the parties do not agree upon the procedure, the conciliation proceedings shall be deemed to be terminated.

    4. Unless the parties otherwise agree, when a dispute has been submitted to conciliation, the proceedings may be terminated only in accordance with the agreed conciliation procedure.

    China is not a signatory of the UNCLOS so no nation can force China to sit down to a mediation.

  49. leona says:

    Has the Philippines ‘filed’ a complaint like a Police Booking Sheet at the Precinct level, with the appropriate UN Body’s Agency re China’s irresponsible conducts on her claims to the whole Islands in the area she wants to devour? Just for the ‘record’ in case China wallops all Filipinos and the rest of the countries with claims also. Maybe like a ‘class suit complaint’.

    • leona says:

      Japan’s F-15s vs China’s J-10s scrambled over Diayou/Senkaku islands! The link

      “InterAksyon.com
      The online news portal of TV5

      A ministry official told a press conference that two J-10 fighters flew to the area on Thursday to monitor two Japanese F-15 fighters that had trailed a Chinese Y-8 aircraft, China’s official Xinhua news agency said.”

      What shall we ‘scramble’, our eggs? PAF General, how many ‘eggs’ do we have to scramble? Mabybe a dozen will be enough!

  50. Rene-Ipil says:

    Everybody seems to agree that China is bullying the Filipinos to get a share of our vaunted natural resources in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). By Loida Nicolas Lewis’ account, it is so huge and enough to supply the needs of China for quite a long time. But why is China so aggressive now despite loud protestations of the Philippines and other SEA countries. Anent this, I find a relevant explanation from an article in Forbes by George Chang entitled.”Move Over, Michigan, China Is The World’s Next Rust Belt”, dated Decrmber 9, 2012.

    Chang wrote that “Just two years after China overtook the U.S. to become the world’s largest manufacturer, the country faces the prospect of decades of de-industrialization. And there is little Beijing can do to arrest the slide.” Please see the link in my next post below.

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      It’s Gordon- not George.

    • leona says:

      @Rene…when China loses on her claims in many ways except via a decision by the UN judicial body, will she now go to the UN judicial body to pursue her claim?

      If so, will Philippines ‘consent’ to face China’s claims at the UN?

      What say you?

      • Rene-Ipil says:

        If China eventually goes to UN body and pursue its claim, Philippnes would be happy to engage China in a legal battle.

        • Victin Luz says:

          @yes Rene ,….we have to win back Scarborough shoal , for if not ,how can we accept a halfway settlement of our Exclusive Economic Zone , meaning they can now control officially 100miles less of our 200nautical miles EEZ especially if China will develop the shoal acceptable to human habitat, like what they have done to Mischief Reef.

          For mischief reef , it will be very hard for us to claim that area again on legal grounds. Pinabayaan ni Ramos noon at ni De venecia.

          • leona says:

            We should not ‘share’ with anyone what belongs to us specially if others wants to claim what belongs to us! Let’s be selfish on this! Just like these claimants!

        • leona says:

          China cannot engage in a ‘legal battle.’ It doesn’t have any ‘legals’ at all. What it has is selfishness battle! It’s first rule is ‘be greedy.’ Second rule ‘go grab it.’ Third rule ‘use threats only but real threats’. Fourth rule ‘ shout the threats so it can be heard.’ Fifth rule ‘keep on shouting the threats.’

          Sixth rule ‘do not stop shouting the threats.’ Seventh rule ‘shout at everybody louder.’ Eight rule ‘ use more saliva in shouting the threats.’ Ninth rule ‘wipe your mouth of the saliva when shouting.’ And the tenth rule ‘smell the saliva when it’s awry, pause shouting. Kaka hiya!’

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      Loida is a Filipno right? ust because she married into wealth that does not mean that she knows what she’s talking about.

      WEALTH DO NOT MAKE HER RIGHT.
      PERFECTION OF ENGLISH DO NOT MAKE HER RIGHT.
      IMPECCABLE SPELLING DO NOT MAKE HER RIGHT.

      If war breaks out Loida should join us against the Chinese lead by Brigadier General Manny Pacquiao.

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      CHINA IS NOT BULLYING ONLY THE PHILIPINES they are also bullying the rest of the claimants.

      Therefore, Philippines is bullying China on the ROCK but also bullying the rest of the claimants.

      If China backs out because of Armed-less Harm-less Hamitlon-class Coat Guard Clutter, we have to deal with the rest of the four countries, RIGHT?

      This is not only about China, this is also about Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia.

      THE ROCK will never be an ending headache.

      • leona says:

        Can the Philippine ‘lantaka’ just blow up that ‘rock’ so it evaporates and everybody’s looking for it? No rock, no claim, di ba? Rock ‘n Rolls na lang sa dagat everybody!

        • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

          What is so disconcerting about these ROCKs @Leona is ONLY THE PHILIPPINES ARE MAKING A BIG DEAL OUT OF IT. Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and others ARE NOT.

          I just wonder what STRATEGHY THIS GOVERNMENT IS AT. But this I can surmise.

          benign0 Simeon Co Huang Co A Qui Nois Chinese by blood. He wanted war so that Chinese invades us and he will FOREVER BE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES. NEAT STRATEGY.

          Now, so as Chinese will not have headaches, benign0 Simeon Co Huang Co and So To (sounds like Chinese name to me, too) will approve cybercrime law to clench Cyberdictatorship.

          If the Filipinos revolt against So To and Co Huang Co they will have the recently purchased Coast Guard Cutters and helicopter against the them.

          Why would they buy useless ARMED-less HARM-less Cutters and short-range mid-air fueling challenged helicopters? These purchases are there to decimate the Filipinos to oblivion.

          So, there you are @Leona, everything is in place:

          Coast Guard Cutters
          Helicopters
          Cybercrime Law
          non-approval of FOI

          The next move is fire lantakas at Chinese aircraft carrier bristling with weapons of destruction.

          NEver mind the brilliant Philippine Peryodistas, they always have their passports ready with Valid Visas.

          • Alan says:

            It makes me wonder, periodistas aside, why the rest of the world won’t seem to listen to your utterly brilliant revelations or read your stupefyingly intelligent analyses: Is it a matter of ignorance? credibility? insignificance? that little thing with the pre-teen which you anyway apologized for?

            • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

              I don’t know, man. You can also apply your statement to the Philippines and to the peryodistas because they are soooo insignificant and lacking credibility to the world that Philippines make a fuss and big deal out of it hoping the world would know where the Philippines is at.

              I read Philippines from New York Times thru its Filipino Philippine correspondent it is peppered with “according to sources” “allegedly” becaue New York Times wouldn’t want the news from the Philippine side as factual. New York Times is soooo into their credibility that they must have advised that Filiipino correspondent if he cannot vet the fact put “allegedly” OR NOT REPORT AT ALL :)

  51. Johnny Lin says:

    We only DISPUTE the small ROCKS that we see but we do not didpute the big rocks we fail to see.

    Philippines is controlled by Chinese already
    Here is the proof:

    President: Benigno Co juang co Aquino
    Archbishop : Luis Go kim Tagle
    Richest man : Henry Sy
    Most notorios criminal: Rolito Go

    Latest national hero : Jesse Robredo (Lim Pay Co)

    He he he

    • vander anievas says:

      @J.Lin,
      yes. true.
      i didn’t know jose rizal was also of chinese descent.
      how about “Lin”?…:)

      • raissa says:

        Yeah.

        How about Lin?

        • Johnny Lin says:

          More proof

          Mayor of Manila: Alfredo Lim
          Bangko Sentral Governor: Say Te Tang Co
          Speaker of the House: Sonny. Belmonte: married to late Betty Go , heiress to Fookin Times

          Aha!
          Johnny Lin: original tipster on AMLA thru Raissa blog picked up later by Ombudsman

          Carpio Morales to Raissa: “love ka ni CJ”

          He he he

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      The CHINESE ARE HERE ALREADY …… That is why benign0 Co Juan Co wanted war with China underthe guise of patriotism patrimony in holy matrimony WHEN THE REAL SCORE IS HE WANTED CHINA TO INVADE PHILIPPINES ……

      …… SO ……

      benign0 Co Juan Co CAN RULE FOREVER WITH HIS 188 NON-READING RUBBERSTAMP CONGRESSMEN AND DESIGNER SUPREME COURT ….

      benign0 Co Juan Co is a CHINESE MOLE. He wanted War knowing that PHilippines is no match to China. benign0 fires the first shot. China attacks. PHilippines surrender. BENIGN0 will be the dictator FOREVER !!!!!!!

      Weeeeeee !!!!! HAWR! HAWR! HAWR! HAWR! LOGICAL !!!!!! AWESOME LOGIC !!!!! NON-NEGOTIABLE

  52. zamera says:

    China will also claim Africa as part of its territory if it could. “Too bad” the African nations China “helps” to develop in exchange for energy and natural resources are “too far”. Note that China still receives some financial aid as a third world country, and yet they are “giving” development funds too in Africa. Natives resent them though, for pirating their products among other things, resulting to Chinese workers getting kidnapped.

  53. fed_up says:

    In an earlier post, I’ve gotten irreverent to what Pnoy’s father’s dictum wanted us to follow after him (“The Filipino is worth dying for.”) with all the rampant gambling (cockfighting, jueteng) and plunder (treasury: fertilizer scam, bridge-construction scam, etc; environment: illegal logging, illegal mining, etc) going around the country.

    With Loida Nicolas-Lewis revelation how richly endowed with mineral resources the country is, I’m now reconsidering.

    • vander anievas says:

      @fed_up,
      can’t get it. what will you reconsider?
      would you want to change it to: mineral resources are worth dying for?…:)

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      ha! ha! ha! hA! benign0 Sr said that when he was in America and Cory was in France nibbling on croissant and le blanc …..

      PHILIPPINES IS NORT WORTH DYING FOR … paano ba mag-apply ng Visa to Madagascar ?

  54. If China’s Public Enemy No. 1. Loida Nicolas-Lewis IS TELLING THE TRUTH,

    That’s more than a million US DOLLARS, press release that will gain awe and respect for the Philippines in the eyes of the oil hungry world. To say before the eyes of an interested world that Philippines will only be next to Saudi Arabia as oil producer in the hundreds of billion dollars. Let it ring true and reverberates everywhere. Let the Wall Street Journal, the London Economist and the Forbes Magazine attest to the accuracy of the words of Loida Nicolas-Lewis. That will make the South East on level with the Middle East. And Philippines a monarchy with King P Noy decreeing cutting arms and beheading thieves in the government. WHAT WISHFUL heretic THINKING that the world is not flat but round !!! .

    • Rocks? Igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic rocks? Forget pizza crust,
      but brush up on Earth Crust and Geology. Philippines is in the
      rim of fire, where are our geologists? When our
      meteorologists can’teven have proper equipment? Are our volcanoes
      mainly geothermals or also oil-fired?

      • Let me say something about the Philippines UNDISPUTED but often misunderstood ROCKS. Much of Rizal Province from Paranaque to whole of Makati have as soil parent material adobe rocks, which are igneous rocks from water-laid molten magma which probably came from Laguna Lake said to be the crater of an ancient volcano. Quezon city has the hardest adobe rock called escumbro. Makati and Q.C. can develop skyward with HIGHRISES better and safer than perhaps Manhattan. The city of Manila’s soft underbelly (hyrdrosol) can develop and grow underground and can have underground flooded malls. Sedimentary rocks may be found on shore and offshores as little islands, or it could have the metamorphic rock (marble) of Romblon island in the province of the same name. Well, in the early 60’s claims were made that our marble deposits in Romblon were richer than of Italy’s. Camiguin Island Province small as it is has eleven volcanoes. Do you have oil under Camiguin? WHERE ARE OUR GEOLOGISTS all these years?

        • IS Loida Nicolas-Lewis a LAWYER? Is she better than all our million lawyers?

          Did she become public enemy No. 1 because of her confidence and competence to claim that China is violating International Law because China is unabashedly laying claim to parts of our sovereign territory as defined by International Law. WHERE ARE OUR LAWYERS? We know how good they are in giving pro bono defense to accused government crooks and sleazy corporate weasels. Are international law issues that unattractive to top notch lawyers?

          • Victin Luz says:

            @alizarin……Lewis speaking speaking on behalf of the Filipino people was a great help to us but isn’t better while she barked China’s encroaching to our territory/natural resources at South China Sea , ..LEWIS and her group must throw everything they have in CONVINCING Washington and Big American Companies to enter into a JOINT VENTURE’s with the Philippine Govetnment in developing our natural resources thereat ( Spratlys and Scarborough ) in a much LOWER PERCENTAGE of CONTRACT PRICE than that of AUSTRALIA and other nation’s ,… being their TRUSTED ALLIE’s ( kaya..mapagkakatiwalaan ba natin ang US ?we all knew what happen to our gold mines and gold when they held majority stocks of such companies ) and are they going to leave to us , teach us the advance technology pertaining to the GAS, BLACK OIL extraction

            • Victin Luz says:

              Now that we were being bullied by China why not US help us in extracting our own natural resources in the contested areas at the same time while sending US patrol ships on the area, in a SOFT LOAN if they can not give us for FREE. Lewis must barked also to US about such contract or aid.

        • macspeed says:

          wow, dear Aliza, thats a lot of knowledge i picked -up he he he

        • Victin Luz says:

          Highest paid geologist were employed at NAPOCOR before it was privatized , receiving a salary of P60,000.00 a month plus P15,000.00 COLA for a DEPARTMENT MANAGER ( GEology 1 or Jr. Geologist received more or less P20,000.00 a month ), while SAUDI base geologist are receiving P250,000.00 a month and a US mainland hired geologist earned up to P500,000.00 a month.

          Guess now kung nasaan sila. UNRATIONALIZED salary and wages of our Expert Professional’s was one of the Govtment. Problems and here come’s theSENATE giving bonuses at 1.6m pesos to our senators selectively he he.

          • vander anievas says:

            ang gusto ni jpe, hapi ka. kaya nga ayaw nya sa RHbill. mas maraming pinoy, mas maraming ofw. mas maraming remittance. mas malaki ang magiging “savings nila”. at mas HAPI sila…

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      HA! HA! HA!

      Loida is definitely wrong. here are whys:

      1. To Filipinos, Loida became velievable because she is wealthy that married into wealth
      2. She speaks goot englsichtzes

      BEFORE FILIPINOS GO TO WAR AGAINST CHINA ……

      drill oil in Tanon Strait first and foremost. If they have the temerity to destroy the natural habitat of bottled nose dolphin …. I GO WITH THE FLOW TO ATTACK CHINA OVER SPRATLEYS NATURAL RESOURCES TO BE DRILLED OF OIL ……

  55. Martial Bonifacio says:

    1. Joint Maritime Seismic Undertaking
    Well we have tried bilateral talks before under gloria arroyo (JSMU) and after that what did china say when Pnoy declined phase 2 due to its anomalies?

    “The Philippines surrendered its sovereignty under JSMU”.

    Regarding panatag read this article from manila times:
    http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/sunday-times/front-pages/22809-china-philippines-must-surrender-sovereignty

    Hong Lei said: “That Philippine government vessels must withdraw from the area.”

    I believe until now we are complying too much to their demands. Correct me if im wrong but the last news that i have read is that there are still 3 ships in panatag waving chinese flag.

    2. Minesweeper
    I would not be suprised if this ship is checking our waters if mines have already been planted by china.

    http://globalnation.inquirer.net/61479/us-navy-minesweeper-arrives-in-subic-sunday

    Can you imagine if china declares it will close down West PH Sea from foreign ships like Iran? Any Country that china see as a threat will be hit by a embargo.

    Example is PH as a archipelago country who depends on oil from middle east, what can we do if china decides to board and deny entry of ships carrying oil to run our country?

    This is one of the reasons why i see Japan is willing to help us because its interest is the same (Freedom of navigation) since they get oil from the middle-east as well.

  56. leona says:

    Sobra busog na ang China! Matakaw lang! Glutton! Wants to devour! Mag kaka roon din ng matinding KABAG yan!

    • macspeed says:

      @leona, tama ka jan, wala silang takot sa Taas, super greed sila, dami nila lupa, ito pang kapriranggot aangkinin, siguro natuklasan na nila maraming gas reserves he he he sigurado namang walang fossilized crude oils duon ahil kelan lang lumitaw yan he he he bakit di sila mag drill sa lupain nilang napakalawak hayyyy greed greed greed sila

  57. praetorius says:

    nagugutom na ang China, or at least they need all the resources they can get, kahit anong paraan pa yan. :-)

    • Mariano Renato Pacifico says:

      The Chinese are testing the waters wether it is warm to their welcome or cold.

      The Philipines is sending amessage to China not to mess with us. We are also sending it to Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia.

      We are telling them if they INVADE Spratleys and Scarborough it will be OVER OUR DEAD BODY. Truly, once China invades Filipinos will truly be dead.

      • macspeed says:

        he he he thats were the business game of USof A comes alive he he he

        Gapo was raped, nobody knows how much natural wealth were gone, they knew pinatubo will erupt hence they left.

        If USof A will not sell his arms to Pres Noy or whosoever succeed him in the next term then that means, no wealth in those rocks, but if Japok becomes the middle man, you are damn right, something is going on….

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