OFWs biggest losers on Philippines-Taiwan fishing dispute

Taiwanese protesters burning the Philippine flag, protesting the Philippine Coast Guard actions of killing Taiwanese fishermen, off the coast of the Batanes.

Taiwanese protesters burning the Philippine flag, protesting the Philippine Coast Guard actions of killing Taiwanese fishermen, off the coast of the Batanes.

Days before the election day, there was a shooting incident between the Philippine Coast Guard and Taiwanese fishermen, who entered the Philippine territorial waters but within 200 nautical miles Exclusive Economic Zone of Taiwan (ROC)/China (PRC), which resulted to the death of Hung Shih-cheng.

The government of Taiwan led by Ma Ying-jeou asked the Philippine government a formal apology, which the latter had given to the family of the slain fisherman, but the Taiwan government never accepted it because the apology given by our government was not enough and insincere as they wanted to give the formal apology to the Taiwanese government, not just to the family of the slain fisherman.

These mistakes committed by our government have created hysterical jingoistic reactions by some angry Taiwanese and their government itself against Filipinos working in Taiwan, which there were already Filipinos being mauled, the Taiwanese government stops hiring Filipinos to work in low-paying jobs, boycotting our exports by the Taiwanese, and other backlashes that our government’s response was very shortsighted like diverting our labor export to Korea, Malaysia, or Middle East, countries which are inhospitable for Filipinos as Taiwan. Therefore, in case of diplomatic lapses by us in our neighboring countries, our OFWs will suffer backlashes by host countries who cannot relate our cultural sensitivities.

I think the government should take the lesson that we must be careful in dealing with collectivist, highly emotional, and highly nationalistic Confucian countries like Taiwan (ROC), Mainland China (PRC), Vietnam, the Koreas, and Japan. The faults of the aftermath of shooting incident between Taiwanese fishermen, who entered the Philippine territory and the Philippine Coast Guard should go to hysterical Taiwanese citizens who attacked suspected or actual Filipino OFWs and the Philippine foreign affairs department which gave their insincere apology to families of the killed Taiwanese fishermen.

I think the long-term solution for our country so that in case of future incidents against OFWs like this in any Confucian countries will never ever happen again should be:

1. Open the domestic economy to 100% foreign equity ownership of all kinds of businesses in anywhere in our country, so that more businesses to compete in our economy means more opportunity for Filipinos to take high-paying jobs at home, not abroad.

2. Stop deploying Filipino Overseas Workers (skilled or unskilled) in any Confucian countries (or Middle East) and deploy any Filipinos who want to work abroad in Greco Roman Germanic-dominated societies like Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.