Tiglao describe Ignorance
“Only in the Philippines” is what veteran columnist, and former envoy Rigoberto Tiglao used to describe the ign0rance of some s0-called leaders of the nation on his recent article in the Manila Times.
This column from Tiglao refers to Vice President Leni Robredo, acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, former national security adviser Roilo Golez, and a former Senator Rene Saguisag who were calling out the government to go against China because they thought that the Chinese bombers landed on some island in our Kalayaan Group of islands in the Spratlys.
Tiglao quoted each one of them:
Vice President Ma. Leonor Robredo: “The news about the landing of the Chinese bombers on our islands is extremely worrisome. Aside from this, the landing and take-off exercises of China in the West Philippine Sea using their long-range bombers is alarming,”
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio: “Failure to formally pr0test against this means the Philippines is acquiescing or consenting to the militarization, and worse, to the claim of China that all the islands, waters and resources within the nine-dash line form part of Chinese territory. Any self-respecting sovereign state will immediately formally pr0test such encroachment on its sovereignty and sovereign rights. The Philippines must do no less.”
Former national security adviser Roilo Golez: “This is a clear and present danger to the Philippines and our friends in the area. I strongly recommend for the Philippines finally to lodge a very strong diplomatic pr0test dahil masyadong matindi ang development na ito.”
Former senator Rene Saguisag: “So, what do we call China’s open militarization in our very own territory? The National Security Council should have been convened yesterday.”
Tiglao slammed the said government officials for making a fool of themselves, and for being ign0rant, and failing to do their research. *
They blabbed their mouths off to reveal either their gr0ss ign0rance of the geography of this part of the world, their sheer intellectual laziness to do a bit of research, or their US-molded bias against China.” He said.
If recalled, the state-owned China news agency reported that the People’s Liberation Army landed its H-6K b0mber aircraft on “an airport in the South China Sea…for landing and take-off drills,” which resulted to panic and concern to some government officials.
The Chinese aircraft landed om Woody Island, the largest part of the Paracel Islands, and is 350 kilometers from Hainan province (half distance of Cebu to Manila). China and Vietnam both have claims on the said islands but Chinese have occupied it since 1974.
Tiglao cited that Carpio even collects expensive old maps, but failed to distinguish the Paracels and Spratlys Group Island’s location.
“We have as much business in the Paracels as we do, say on Senkaku islands, 330 kms from China, claimed by that country, Taiwan, and Japan, or in the Kuril Islands, disputed over by Russia and Japan.” Tiglao said.
“Robredo, Carpio, Golez, and Saguisag obviously thought the Chinese bombers landed on some island in our Kalayaan Group of islands in the Spratlys. They should learn to do a bit of fact-checking before they open their mouths. Yongxing is nearly a thousand kilometers from our Pag-Asa island. (We don’t even have our own nomenclature for the island.)” Tiglao added.*
Furthermore, the former envoy also pointed out that not even Vietnam – with claims on the island filed a diplomatic pr0test against China.
Fought to China
“No. Not even Vietnam, the only other claimant to the Paracels, which lost 60 soldiers and sailors when it
f0ught China in 1974 over the area. A Vietnamese foreign ministry spokesman—not even its foreign
claimed that China’s moves “increase tensions, cause regional instabilities and are not good for maintaining
a peaceful, stable and cooperative environment in the East Sea.”” He stressed out.
Tiglao also tried to point out that not even US, which vowed to defend the freedom of navigation in the
South China Sea filed a diplomatic pr0test over the issue, unlike what some gov’t politicians want Duterte to do.
Nevertheless the White House, not even its State Department bothered to comment on this development that pushed
our acting chief justice and the vice president into paroxysms of pr0test against China. It was only a spokesman
for the Pentagon, one Lt. Col. Christopher Logan, who commented on the episode, branding the exercise an act
of “China’s continued militarization of disputed features in the South China Sea.” And even that spokesman didn’t
ask the US State Department to lodge a diplomatic pr0test against China, as the three stooges asked Duterte to
do.” He said.
Had Duterte followed their demand to pr0test, only the Philippines – as the only nation to do so, would have
been a laughingstock of the world.