Throwing its weight like a Big Bully is China- snaring hectares of the disputed Â South China Sea land – with , yet a sneer, of ” so what?”. This is a wholesale insult to the nation’s territorial sovereignty that China treats like a dish rag.
And why not? The Philippines cannot stand up like a free nation to China’s intrusions. Military power is might- and we do not have that . We have 100 million people to China’s 1.3 billion.
Do not forget that China is jealous over its land territories. Recall that in a border dispute with Vietnam in 1979- the battle then resulted in 30,000 dead, Vietnamese and Chinese. China Â does not seem to settle disputes without firing cannons.
Our military logistics is a joke. Today, we do not have a single jet fighter to combat enemies. After the war, the US gifted us some 40 jet fighters; Â President Macapagal Â got an Â additional 30 Â F5 jets Â in 1965 while the American bases were still here and another 30 Â F9 jets that President Marcos bought in 1979. We had 100 jets then- now we have zero.All decommissioned Â due to Â old age.
The AFP Modernization program is a joke. For air combat, RP Air Force Â only has 50 of “light attack” aircrafts, 8 transport and utility crafts, about 20 combat helicopters Â and 27 search and rescue planes. The Army, Â Coast Guard, and Navy Patrol only have rescue, transport and patrol airplanes- not for heavy combat duty.
For sea defense which is crucial in our territorial dispute with China- the Philippine Navy Â only has 3 frigging frigates, 11 aging corvettes, Â 38 patrol crafts , 9 amphibian-land boats, 40 minor naval vessels while the poor Coast Guard covering a wide coastline only has 50 small boats and 3 amphibian vessels.
That is why when we shout to the Chinese invaders: ” Get Lost, Intruders”, they just roll down in laughter at their boat planks , curse us in the foulest Chinese language and fire to us using Â water cannons. When will we put an end to these insults to injury?
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