How China is peeling the Philippines like a very blind cabbage

The Philippines, by Master Chef China. [Photo source:]

By JoeAm

I am impressed with China’s strategic approach to gaining global power. I don’t like it. But I am impressed.

China uses small steps unrestrained by laws or matters of fair play, kindness, or respect. She does not need an army. She has agents on the ground. Filipinos, in the Philippines.

When push-back occurs, she criticizes the people pushing back, side steps, and continues forward. It is relentless, it is successful, it is the cabbage strategy.

It’s awesome to behold.

It is so successful that the Philippines is like an unaware frog in boiling water, only it is a cabbage.

And China is peeling the Philippines one leaf at a time like a very blind cabbage.

The first thing China did was find willing agents in the Philippines. It was like establishing a beach-head, the place from which invasion could be launched. How did she recruit these agents? Promises? Money? Power? We don’t know.

But we can see one thing clearly. These agents are not acting in the interest of Filipinos. They are gifting seas and fish to China, jobs to China, economic opportunities to China (high interest debt, construction employing Chinese workers, casinos, Boracay, Marawi, reclamation space in Manila Bay), letting mainland workers in by the millions on shady work permits, welcoming Chinese military ships and planes in Davao, gifting prize developments . . . including a Chinese telco . . . to Dennis Uy, and seating Bong Go in the Senate.

Speculative you argue? Hmmmm. Clearly the Philippines’ acceptance of China in Philippine seas is fact. And we can witness former DFA Secretary Cayetano blaming the Aquino Administration for making China mad about Scarborough. It’s as if China were the patriot and Aquino the villain. (See “Philippines, not Aquino, lost Scarborough“)

And 3 million new mainland Chinese immigrants? That is fact. And Dennis Uy’s amazingly fast rise to oligarchic riches, or Bong Go’s insertion into the Senate on unethical terms (using public resources and premature campaigning). Fact. A Chinese consulate office in Davao? Fact. Chinese military ships and planes visiting Davao? Fact.

These all advance China’s interests in the Philippines. They do not protect Filipino fishermen, laborers, public servants (like Aquino), people who like to eat fish directly from Philippine seas rather than imported from China at a mark-up, or future leaders who must deal with the damages being done.

The Chinese military rudely shout orders to Filipino pilots flying over Philippine seas to “get out”, and its Coast Guard ships chase Filipino fishing boats out of Philippine waters.

These are all cabbage leaves being peeled away, one by one, as Philippine sovereignty is reduced to a piece of tattered paper called a Constitution that her own political leaders disregard in favor of . . . well, their own well being.

It is really quite a sorry sight, this Philippines, with no spine, no brain, no honor. Perhaps it is best that most Filipinos remain unaware of all of this, for the shame of it all.

“A jellyfish named Philippines.”

I’m sure the movie will be out soon.

As well as I can figure, here are China’s primary agents in the Philippines:

  • President Duterte, who is driving the friendship policy
  • Former DFA Secretary Cayetano, who failed to protest China with authority but did protest Aquino . . . rudely
  • Aspiring Senator Bong Go, who appears to be the architect of the pro-Chinese push
  • Oligarch Dennis Uy, who seems to be channeling Chinese commercial interests into the Philippines
  • Senator Francis Escudero, who effectively awarded China Telecom a role in building out, and profiting from, the next telco

There are others. The ‘Build Build Build’ architects who accept China’s above-market interest rates to fund projects, sticking poor Filipinos with the future burden. The senators voting Mislatel (and China Telecom) a prized role among Philippine telcos. The government agency officials accepting P5,000 per case to issue work permits to Chinese immigrants. The Filipinos smuggling sand out to help build Chinese islands.

But it is interesting. I don’t sense as much broad support for the pro-China policy as there has been for the President’s deadly drug war. Indeed, a lot of voices are speaking out, such as Senator Villanueva protesting the way illegal workers are being allowed into the Philippines. There was rage last weekend when a Chinese national threw her dessert on a Filipino policeman . . . and was released a short time later.

Impunity is getting bigger.

Objection is getting angrier.

Perhaps . . . just maybe . . . this China policy is becoming so offensive that even ordinarily dense and self-dealing politicians can comprehend. Maybe they can imagine Chinese overlords in the Philippines taking THEIR jobs or making their sweet lives difficult. It is also possible that a “law of proximity” in play here. Patriotism runs deeper in the Philippines the further away from the Duterte government one gets.

But any way you look at it, the Philippines is being peeled by China, one sovereign leaf at a time.

I’m not even sure if the Philippines is a real nation anymore.

I can’t readily identify the spine, that’s for sure.


104 Responses to “How China is peeling the Philippines like a very blind cabbage”
  1. edgar lores says:

    1. China is a klepto.

    2. Kleptomania is catching… in a literal sense and a figurative sense.

    3. All Filipino politicians presently kowtowing to China have been infected.

    4. Australia has revoked the visa of a Chinese billionaire for peeling the cabbage through political donations.

    • Good for Australia. The interesting thing about it is that, by being subservient to China, the Philippines fits right into the view many Chinese have of Filipinos as “maids and banana sellers”. So Duterte is doing EXACTLY the wrong thing to gain respect.

      • Micha says:

        Thanks for the link joe, although there’s not much to be thankful about after reading the article as it is guaranteed to send your blood pressure up in the stratosphere.

        Yes, the criminal maniac from Davao “is doing EXACTLY the wrong thing to gain respect” when he pivoted from the “shackling dependency of the Philippines” on the US and into the bending over come as you please grab what you want subservience to the Chinese.

        It’s like saying go ahead rape me, I’ve been raped before anyway.

        • It is an enlightening article. China may not like pushback, but they respect it more than the sovereign bend-over.

          • Bullies orten grudgingly respect those who fight back.. and in general, who trusts subservient whipped curs who will turn against you the moment the wind changes and a new master comes?

            Witness how Filipino elites switched allegiance in 1942 and back again in 1945, or Congress turncoats or supermajorities. There might be more trust over here in the EU now for Vietnamese and Indonesians who fight invaders, but are reliable partners in business..

            • Aguinaldo did resume fighting against Spain when he thought the US – which brought him home in a ship – would back him. But they probably did not trust someone who had just a year ago stopped fighting Spain for a pay-off, which Biak-na-Bato was. If one looks at history, there was still some spine left then, even in 1942. Even in 1970/71. Even in 1986. But now all the taho cop can manage is a sheepish grin when Bong Go gives him a medal. Not that he had much of a choice. The Chinese girl is now alleging he said racist stuff..

  2. Elizabeth says:

    You forgot GMA, the one who started selling the Philippines to China during her term.

  3. karlgarcia says:

    Let the Philippines be an onion so China will have tears wile peeling.

    • Ninotchka Rosca said that Filipino ungovernability may be an advantage against the Chinese. I wonder if that is enough.

      • distant observer says:

        Are Filipinos indeed ungovernable? Perhaps what a majority of Filipinos long for is a Chinese-style one party dictatorship (PDP-Laban I see you, SED in East Germany or KSČ in Czechoslovakia, I remember you). A Marcos regime 2.0, powered by the newest surveillance technology and propaganda techniques from the “mainland”. Are Filipinos (and Southeast Asian nations for that matter) governable without a “heavy hand”?

        • NHerrera says:

          Quite possibly. But a strong (aka heavy?) hand with a reasonable dose of humanity and accountability — example: Singapore. I may be simplistic in describing that country. Perhaps chemrock can refine or correct my rough view.

        • madlanglupa says:

          > Are Filipinos (and Southeast Asian nations for that matter) governable without a “heavy hand”?

          The kind of obedience, a friend said of the culture here, is more on family than nation. The belief has even extended to how they think government should be run — by a patriarchal overlord with enforcers everywhere to uphold the law upon the masses, save for the privileged only associated with such a odious ruler.

      • karlgarcia says:

        Si it is not only a faikure of governance then. But what are leaders for, they should be conductors in an orchestra, leaders should learn to harness potentials of the governed and not to make it messier.

  4. The present government is “bulok” — People Power must rise again!

  5. Pete Troilo says:

    Joe, what/who is your source for the “3 million new mainland Chinese immigrants” cited?

    • Multiple articles in media.

      • Joe, I think it was 3 million ARRIVALS as tourists, though many have taken this number as those who stayed. Lack of transparency on part of the government hasn’t made it better.

        Some left, some got work permits, many work without permits and get caught now and then. A lot of socmed buzz about them living in condos and working in online gambling. Again, transparency from government is better than letting fears rise from justified worry.

    • This tweet is more exact, after having read the article properly..

      But still bad, only it is the cops not Eleazar..

    • popoy says:

      In 1952 in high school our History teacher had defined to us: “History is written record of the past.” In February 13, 2019 in the here and now, Joe America and all the TSoH commenter’s discourses here for now and the days to come has RE-DEFINED history not only for students but for all Filipinos everywhere.

      Ugly, very ugly history of the Philippines from moment to moment is under surgery here in TSoH. Yes, Lucky and caring Filipinos and not their descendants of the near and distant future can read it, write it, fight it in the here and now; Thanks to JoeAm and the native patriots.

      Future generations may be most fortunate not to witness treason, cowardice, mindless sale of sovereignty and how to the free world a shameful epoch of a country can easily be turned and created into garbage of history.

  6. Micha says:

    Meanwhile, this administration is also about to throw rice farmers into the imburnal when it is set to approve unrestricted rice importation; thanks to the inutile DA Secretary Emmanuel Pinol who’s an abject failure in protecting local farmers from the cruel onslaught of unmitigated globalization.

    While other countries are subsidizing their agricultural sector to ensure food self-sufficiency, the Philippines is converting most of its agricultural lands into commercial spaces and housing projects of Manny Villar.

    Expect your local market to be flooded with imported rice from Vietnam, Thailand, and China.

    • My impression of Pinol is ‘grossly incompetent’. The whole agricultural arena is a rat’s nest of ego, probably protecting interests and money of the respective parties. I’d guess the values you cite, of taking care of the agricultural sector, are simply not in their concept base.

      • Micha says:

        In many respects, this administration is way over the line for committed treason.

        • Well, I don’t go there, as it is outside the parameters of my visa, but if there are any Filipinos left who don’t want the Filipino character wiped off the face of the planet, they best be a doin’ something about the erosion of sovereignty now taking place.

          • Micha says:

            This cruel administration will be imposing 35% tariff on those imported rice. Meaning retailers will have no choice but to jack up their prices.

            And since local production is low and unsubsidized rice farming entails high cost, local farmers will have no choice but to jack up their prices too.

            Double whammy. In both instances, consumers lost.

            • Yu Beng Chua says:

              I think you got it wrong Micha. Imported rice cost less than half of our market price. Therefore, after tax & tariff of 35% it’s still cheaper than rice produced locally.
              The point is, what’s going to happen to our farmers? Are they going to be competed out of the market?

  7. edgar lores says:

    OT – Breaking News

    The NBI has served a warrant of arrest on Maria Ressa at the Rappler headquarters.

    • NHerrera says:

      There goes another one — the peeling of the cabbage is relentless indeed!

    • madlanglupa says:

      Guevarra feigns ignorance, then harrumphed that Ressa should have paid bail first; purported NBI agent threatened reporters from taking pictures and videos, saying they would be next; unsurprisingly Panelo washes his hands of the wrongdoing.

      And the worst? The astonishing, disturbing nonchalance of the populace, having been thoroughly conditioned and groomed to accept those acts of government abuse as the new normal, including one-sided deaths of suspects in custody or supposed firefights.

      • madlanglupa says:

        …and thieves allowing to roam unfettered, but also to run for positions of higher power, more likely to pervert the law more and more to their own favor and their patrons.

      • There is more unrest on twitter and FB about this than for the De Lima arrest, and the university base is protesting. There is no movement, no leadership to make it ‘flash’ so the masses get it.

        • NHerrera says:

          There are differences in the outrage on the one hand as a result of the arrest of Ressa and on the other hand, the arrest of De Lima.

          One may say, considering the backgrounds of the two cases, that the outrage for the latter should be much more than the one on Ressa — though arguable. But the case of Ressa seems easier to appreciate, even on a cursory examination of the case, because it hits on journalists — an endangered species worldwide — as notice for example the treatment of the news such as in CNN.

          • Plus there are no fake sex videos or extramarital affairs staining Ressa, or horrid House hearings in which lewd men like Roque made offensive remarks.

          • edgar lores says:

            De Lima was the precursor of abuse by “legal” means. Her case served as the template to test how far the administration could bend the law and to test how far citizens would tolerate abuse. It was the Original Sin.

            The persecution of De Lima was followed:

            o By the ouster of Sereno
            o By the attempted jailing of Trillanes
            o By the arrest of Ressa

            The bending of the law has been entirely innovative:

            o De Lima – manufactured charges by suborned testimonies of jailbird snitches
            o Sereno – unconstitutional method for removing a Chief Justice
            o Trillanes – revocation of a presidential amnesty
            o Ressa – implementation of a new law in an ex post facto manner

            The forces of law that are supposed to uphold the law — the Department of Justice, the Solicitor General, the NBI, the PNP, Congress and even the Supreme Court — have joined forces to foster injustice.

            They have become agents of darkness.

            God help the Philippines because nothing right now can save her from the clutches of these demonic forces.

            • NHerrera says:

              God help the Philippines because nothing right now can save her [the PH] from the clutches of these demonic forces.

              I wish to use that last line as a takeoff point for my comment below.

              The events of 2018 seems to point to the end of the democratic phase of many countries considered a font of democracy before — one of which is the US under the helm of Trump. The behavior of individual Congressmen or Senators are of course typical of politicians worldwide. For example, the Republicans so far, from evidence and gut feel, know that to voice or act against Trump will result in electoral punishment from his support-base.

              But on the whole, including the fact that Democrats do not jump ship to join the Republicans — a hard-boiled practice in the PH — the institutions are still at work.

              Academically, at the very least, I am waiting with anticipation the end of the story resulting from Special Counsel Mueller’s Investigation, now that his report is coming soon. How the Attorney General in Waiting, Barr, will act on the report and how the House and the Senate will act will define how US democracy will go on. The Republicans who earlier were afraid of punishment at the polls, may read the tea leaves arising from the report and may be less timid as they were before.

              [I for one does not want an impeachment to result from the report — although the Democrats, out of responsibility to their constituencies (if not joined by the Republicans), granting the report points to an impeachment, may be impelled to do so.] I would much prefer the subsequent Presidential Election for the citizens to decide on how the US will move on.

              In short, that quoted line from edgar does not apply at all to the US, although, figuratively the “demonic” word may be ascribed on the US President as well. But perhaps the whack-nut word — used by Joe in a blog before, I believe — is the more appropriate.

          • NHerrera says:

            edgar, Joe: the notes give the big picture — and a picture with details. Thanks.

  8. NHerrera says:

    Joe, you have written a short but holistic essay with parts of the essay, I believe to be in the minds of today’s Filipinos, sophisticated or not, but have not put into a “whole” as you have done, complete with the associated dramatis personae.

    Your essay is akin to what Rizal — in his “Noli Me Tangere” (transliterated as “Touch Me Not” or translated equivalently as “The Social Cancer”) — had done but without the details and prescriptions and literary flavor that Rizal did in that novel.

    In the dedication of the book Rizal wrote (as translated by Charles Derbyshire, 1912):

    To My Fatherland: Recorded in the history of human sufferings is a cancer of so malignant a character that the least touch irritates it and awakens in it the sharpest pains. Thus, how many times, when in the midst of modern civilizations I have wished to call thee before me, now to accompany me in memories, now to compare thee with other countries, hath thy dear image presented itself showing a social cancer like to that other!

    Desiring thy welfare, which is our own, and seeking the best treatment, I will do with thee what the ancients did with their sick, exposing them on the steps of the temple so that everyone who came to invoke the Divinity might offer them a remedy.

    And to this end, I will strive to reproduce thy condition faithfully, without discriminations; I will raise a part of the veil that covers the evil, sacrificing to truth everything, even vanity itself, since, as thy son, I am conscious that I also suffer from thy defects and weaknesses.

    — Jose Rizal, Europe, 1886

    There are parallelisms in the times of Jose Rizal and our present times. Which is worse or portends a sadder future is arguable. But the past experience and the current set of PH leaders, a sort of persistent DNA of the Filipino with not too many redeeming features or positives in its history — combined with the single-mindedness and systematic method of the “new master” from the North with few constraints of a liberal democratic country, aided further with the technology we read about which is just going to be more sophisticated — does not portend a bright future in terms of, at the very least, dignity and respect due a country with such potential as the PH.

    Not my good day. Personally and my age considered, I am not in such sad state of affair, but I can’t say the same thing about the country.

    Aah, but tomorrow is another day. Now back to my thoughts on Stoicism or Philosophy — a refuge of the oldies such as myself.

    • Thanks for bringing Rizal to the dance. He would probably shake his head in amazement, seeing all the people tapping their little electronic machines and getting dumber and more emotional with every keystroke. It’s like social media has enhanced all the bad traits he wrote about and left precious little room for good traits to flower. There is no conscience, no soul left, it seems.

      • popoy says:

        Rizal’s truth-based fiction of a novel of canker was distant history; TSoH and its patriot’s real life moment-to-moment blogging is current history.

        • popoy says:

          Rizal’s perspective was THEOCRATIC about clerico-moralistic; in contrast this TSoH blog’s perspective is SECULAR about tyranny and dictatorship.

          • NHerrera says:

            Yes, there are those differences. [My note wanted to draw parallels to the ones causing the cancer and the receptions of the weak “body” or populace susceptible to the cancer — then and now.]

            • popoy says:

              My comments here seek not to water down or down play gems posted here but to ADD and give them heft and muscle. I am sorry if my use of words fails to deliver the right message.

        • sonny says:

          It’s always good to realize that we try to situate our comments such that the real-time segments we examine have prequels and sequels attached to them and these differ from viewer to viewer. This reminder is principally with my limitations in mind. The beauty in this sharing becomes evident as we begin to understand the other perspectives. 🙂

    • sonny says:

      “… Aah, but tomorrow is another day. Now back to my thoughts on Stoicism or Philosophy — a refuge of the oldies such as myself …”

      Certainly options more to our age-group, NH. Since we have shorter timelines I am more into the economy of the angels of the Bible. They exist and they are all around us. They are the other spiritual beings, like men, created by God. They are assigned the oversight over men and all the physical universe. They have a single channel of behavior – execute God’s commands in absolute obedience or disobedience. God’s rewards & retributions are stayed only by men’s free-will.

      The Bible or Sacred Tradition or the Fathers of the Church mentions 9 choirs of angels: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones/Dominations, Powers, Virtues, /Principalities, Archangels, Angels.

      (@Joe: I realize the subject, angels, are esoteric to this discussion but they seem to be a last recourse of hope for the Philippines. To my mind anyway. Peace)

  9. Timoteo says:

    A very intelligent and accurate satirical assessment of the present situation…

  10. QuietPoetic says:

    Wow. Just like what Yuri Bezmenov’s revelation on what Russia did to the West (America). Russians did not take America through military and spies – they took it through culture. I will not get into it here but you can watch the video.

    Replace “Russia” with “China” and “America” with “Philippines” – it can easily happen to us because we are so unaware that it is even happening.

    The government agency officials accepting P5,000 per case to issue work permits to Chinese immigrants.
    Doesn’t this wake up the masses? There are jobs for the Chinese but not for the Filipinos?

    We cannot be slaves in our own country again, it’s time for a push back.

    • Yes, the unseen villain. Provoking corruption of values, breakdown of laws, division, and confusion. As for the P5,000, it does not affect people directly, so they don’t grasp that it hurts them.

      • QuietPoetic says:

        This is so sad. Joe, what do you think is in our culture that we allow foreigners to dominate us? I mean, I see the benefits from the Spaniards when they spread Christianity to us, the Americans introduced us to democracy, the Chinese taught us trade, etc. However, it seems that it is stamped in our culture that we are drawn towards foreigners domineering our way of life. I won’t be surprised if in 30-50 years our second language will be Mandarin.

        • Yes, the missing piece is political parties based on principles rather than allegiances. Accountability was never enforced, self-rule never internalized and converted to patriotic passion. Rules were understood, and with them the awareness of power and pain. So there is nothing morally good to gravitate to. Even God became trivial, an icon without an internalized moral beacon . . . and He became subordinate to self-preservation, too.

          Oh, I think odds are very strong that Mandarin will become the primary language in 50 years, and Filipino, as a separate ethnic whole, will be absorbed in a greater and dominant Chinese bloodline. My son, if all things go according to expectation, will take up the study of Mandarin next school year.

        • NHerrera says:

          If I may: Little Maria is having fun talking to dear Dad and Dad asked who she loves the most. Maria says “Dad.” An hour later she is with Mom tinkering with items in the kitchen while Mom is baking a cake. Mom asked Maria who she loves the most; little Maria quickly says, “Mom.” In the evening, kindly Uncle Juan visits and plays hide and seek with Maria and later Uncle asks who she loves the most. Maria says, “Uncle Juan.”

          Little Maria’s responses may be understandable. The country’s responses to what is happening is not understandable unless we assume that the country has the immaturity or a stunted intelligence of a little child.

          • QuietPoetic says:

            This is a great point. We are rather a young nation and our known history mainly started when Spaniards came to our land. We are so used to being invaded that we really do not know who we are.

            I honestly do not blame the Filipino people because they would first think about having food on the table before thinking about politics, society, philosophy and all the good stuff. It is the responsibility of those who understand the ramification [of what is going to happen] to spread the word.

            If I have an extra $10 million to invest in my country’s future I will make my own media company (news and entertainment) and I will fund schools that teaches entrepreneurship. I don’t trust our country’s leaders to do anything to wake up the minds of the Filipinos, it is not through politics but through media, entertainment and schools it is more possible to change/move minds.

    • karlgarcia says:

      Chinese mainlanders have studied in our universities for decades.
      Our Communist kababayans have been interviewsacting eith them since the 70s. The younger leaders are the ones shying away.

  11. karlgarcia says:

    Locson still sees the taho throwing as an isolated incident.
    Sure more foreigners have behaved worse, but it is not coincidence that China leadership treats us shabbily.

  12. Andres 2018 says:

    We are filipinos.
    We are hospitable.
    We accepted spain with their promise of salvation.
    We accepted america with their promise of freedom.
    We accepted china with their promise of wealth.

    • And for wealth, Filipinos will now give up both salvation and freedom.

      Don’t cry when the Uigur-style reeducation camps are opened. Pero sa bagay, susunod ang Pilipino sa uso kahit katangahan.

      • popoy says:

        just one sentence . . .

        If I may add I.B.R. Salazar, T.S.o H. — there were before in the hammer and sickle world the gulags and psycho hospitals, or somewhere in presently lethal-drugs-infested countries mammoth and modern equipped Rehab Centres where the addicted is partially cured and where the undesirables could be made incurable addicts like in hoodlum movies until their Divine Maker takes them into His bosom.

  13. popoy says:

    OOT of the day,

    And the divine wish
    for the day
    A faithful Valentines Day
    at haplos ng eat (eh at) sa mukha
    ng mga hindi nahihiya.

    Sabi ng mga matatanda
    Nasa Diyos ang Awa
    Nasa Tao ang gawa
    Lintik lang ang walang ganti
    (No one gets even for Lightning)
    Seguro sabi din nila
    Sa TSoH naman
    Lahat may bayad
    Lalo na ang masamang gawa
    Kahit nasa tao ang patawad
    Nasa Diyos ang matinding parusa
    Kaya itong mga naglalathala
    pekeng news naninira
    sa dangal ng kapwa,
    hindi sila nahihiya siniraan din nila
    mga pekeng magulang
    na siyang nagpalaki sa kanila.

    UP people will say
    Crime pays the bread for a while
    But for everybody
    Crime does not pay
    Though a bit delay
    But with the highest price.

    Mga magulang ng mga fake newsmakers
    Inilantad kung ano kayo ng mga anak ninyo.
    May kasabihan na hindi fake news
    “Kung ano ang puno yun din ang bunga,
    Lahat ng utang kahit lima-anim, may bayad

    • popoy says:

      any UP teacher albeit not all, regardless of the decade will say that UP Students (rich or poor but mostly bright, tuta or radical, rebel or law abiding) DO NOT LITTER in any public place especially with fake news. If shit they are or they must because they passed the UPCAT, they don’t do it with fake news.

      • popoy says:

        Just a spin for the word panic
        Karl, if I may again and again
        With no intent to pontificate
        Here in T S o H,

        just to warn those in the cross hair . . .
        In Pearl Harbor the time to panic
        and run for dear life was bombs
        and explosions shaking
        battleships everywhere.

        In Hiroshima and Nagasaki the
        blinding light that enveloped
        the sky
        gave the people
        to panic
        no more time.

        In this century after the millennium
        Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen
        People have had and still
        have their last time
        to panic.

        Not anymore for a billion
        or more population of free
        distant and not-so free megapolis,
        people, plant and animals could
        just wake up to begin,
        to start their eternal life.

        • popoy says:

          Here’s the orig thoughts before the above wannabe poetry.

          In Pearl Harbor the time to panic and run for dear life was bombs and explosions everywhere. In a mighty response, In Hiroshima and Nagasaki the blinding light that enveloped the sky gave the people no more time to panic. In this century after the millennium –Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen have had and still have time to panic. Not anymore for a billion or more population of free and not-so free megapolis, people, plant and animals could just wake up to begin, to start their eternal life.

  14. Anton says:

    That’s what the U.S. did to the Philippines.

  15. Vern Veron says:

    Peoples Republic of the Philippines – Special Administrative Region

  16. Adrian Mercado says:

    Joe, you are the Red Letter Media of Philippine political commentary.

  17. Raul Mano says:

    After reading, I find the argument valid. Depicts a nation with no spine but I would factor into the equation citizens’ behaviour brought about by endemic and systemic disinformation, propaganda and intimidation.
    In addition, I discovered 2 movies in Netflix that may complement: Heneral Luna and its sequel, Goyo: the Boy General.

    • Thanks, Raul. You are correct about citizen’s behavior. We’ve discussed this in past article, and are likely to continue to do so in the future. I hope you read along.

      Thanks for the movie references.

  18. Presidente Andres Bonifacoo says:

    Ang masasabi ko lamang pagka ikaw ay kalababan puro kasamaan at wala kang mabuting gnawa sa bayan pagka ikaw ay kakampi kahit mali tama ka kung totoo lahat ang cnasabi mo nationally or internationally ano pa iniintay ninyo impeachment is the right thing to do puro ka dakdak at ini-editorialized mo lahat na cnasabi mo kung totoo iyan aktuhan mo o kaya ikaw na ang magpresidente kung kaya mo or you can stick your head in the commode and flush it gaya ni titillanes sori poh you deserve it , what really do you know C Allah ka ba.

  19. monde says:

    if only the jet ski started, and I did not put starch on the flag, if only we had the arms to fight, if only fentanyl did not blurr my vision, if ony, if only, if only. I have more respect for Indonesia when they sank the fishing boat from China, o what happened, nada y quite si China. the politicos are rejoiceing unli-funds from the Chinos !

  20. Hermie says:

    I have the same impression….

  21. Romeo says:

    Philippines should go back to the fold and under the umbrella of USA… it’s a DISASTER to be under China… Filipino Politicians should be able to figure that out… otherwise, they are DUMB, STUPID, WORTHLESS, USELESS, AND MORONS…

  22. Cynthia Estrada says:

    All I can do is cry.

  23. Butch Pasaporte says:

    You forgot to mention NGCP (National Grid Corporation of the Philippines). It is now run by china with filipino-chinese collaborators. Earning BILLIONS of pesos every year. Walang sinabi yung income ng Manila Water, Maynilad and MERALCO. Isa sa mga MORTAL sin ni Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

  24. Gonzalo Misa says:

    Filipinos have to open their eyes and realize who are the enemies snd traitors.

  25. Richard M says:

    The article is very true. We need a different strategy and leadership. We need a unified stand with the other ASEAN members to defend our WPS territory. We need help from a naval superpower to stop the territorial grabbing of China. It reminds me of Hitler
    Invading other countries – Europe

  26. Lee Tadeo says:

    My big brother American will not let that happen. Watch….I urge you to shut.! You dont know Filipinos….🇵🇭🇺🇸🇵🇭🇺🇸🇵🇭🇺🇸

  27. Gaudencio Gilera Cantos, Jr says:

    Accurate analysis of what our failure to uphold our basic international rights ! The “writings on the wall” is very clear on what to expect if we continue to disregard the chinese incursions! There must be a way for us to assert our basic rights!

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