Ways to maintain our independence as a nation in the future

Happy 115th independence day, Philippines.

Happy 115th independence day, Philippines.

Today is the 115th anniversary of the independence of our country from 333 year rule of the Spaniards. 115 years ago, Emilio Aguinaldo waved the our flag for the first time in his residence balcony in Kawit, Cavite. The independence declaration was made possible because the Spanish rule in our country was crumbling due to American’s intrusion at the Manila Bay and a decade-long insurrection by the Filipinos to  overthrow the Spanish rule. However, Emilio Aguinaldo’s declaration of independence was not recognized by either Spaniards nor by the Americans as when the United States handily defeated Spain, the Spanish government decided to cede Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico into American control with $20 million (1898 price) payment by the US to Spain after 333 years of Spanish rule in the Philippine archipelago. Filipinos tried to kick the Americans out of the country in the early 20th century, but they never succeeded it because of American’s’ superiority on warfare and the cholera outbreak that killed lots of Filipino civilians as much as the casualties at the battlefield. The Americans controlled our country for almost 50 years, with the exception of 3-year Japanese occupation during WWII, and granted our independence on 4 July 1946.

However for the past 66 years, we have not achieved the real vision of our founding fathers to have our citizens a sense of independence like well-off life for example. Many of our compatriots thinking that we would have been a lot better right now had the Americans never granted us a political independence, but for me, that is wrong because from the start, Americans did not want to rule our country and they only colonized our country to serve as a platform for American business interests to have a trade with our larger neighbor, China. Many of our compatriots have left the country and prefer to be servants of American, Chinese, European, Japanese, or other employers because our government due to our rotten constitution, does not give an opportunity for businesses especially foreign to generate jobs for our compatriots in the remote areas. Our government for the past 66 years have failed us of fulfilling their empty promises during election campaign periods and swindle our tax money paid for them to supposedly spend for social services.

For the recent years, our neighboring countries like China, Taiwan ROC, and Malaysia have threatening our sovereignty while we Filipinos cannot properly think on how to counter them because of our inferior economy and lots of our compatriots are working with those countries. Our political and economic systems enshrined in our 1987 constitution are inadequate to address these external threats. Our shallow sense of knee-jerk national pride does not help either.

A month ago, I posted on my Facebook account and Skyscraper.com forum my suggestion to maintain our independence as a nation in the future like reserving the economic model we have right now from exporting our workers to importing foreign MNCs with 100% control of their investments across economic sectors and flooding our country with African, American, Chinese,  European, Indian, Japanese, Korean immigrants to strengthen and diversify our country’s culture. While the first suggestion was acceptable, the second one was intriguing for most commenters on my FB account and Skyscraper.com especially the suggestion of mine of flooding our country with Chinese immigrants where some of them branded me as “racist” or so on.  Diversifying our culture and demographics are the most essential way for our country to adopt and survive with this global cultural, economic, and perhaps, political integrations. I want to have skilled immigrants from around the world to develop our country’s economy that current Austronesian Filipinos cannot fulfill at most.

I have come to think with that because it will be impossible for our country to defeat China, Taiwan, and Malaysia if we agitate for a war which no one will win but more casualties.  Defeating them especially China will be futile if we never understand their culture because their civilization has existed for more than 5000 years and it will not demoralize them if our demographics are mostly Austronesian, but rather it will motive them to harass our national sovereignty. I believe the only way to defeat China is not fighting them with our firearms but aping their culture to be like them because China will only stop threatening our national sovereignty if our culture and demographics are at least similar to them.

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.

7.6 magnitude earthquake in Samar, Philippines

USGS map on intensity of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake, felt in different areas nationwide as per 10:30PM Manila time.

Few hours ago, a strong earthquake shook the eastern portion of the Philippines including Cebu with the magnitude of 7.6 happened at 94 km (58 miles) E of Sulangan, Samar, Philippines according to the United States Geological Survey.

The tsunami alert has been issued by the USGS to the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, and Palau. A tsunami warning remains in effect for Indonesia and the Philippines, though it has been lifted for Japan, Taiwan and several other Pacific states and islands as of this moment.

The head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Renato Solidum said that the bureau initially recorded a magnitude of 7.7. Solidum said that residents living along the coastline of eastern Samar Island, which was some 66 miles from the quake’s epicenter, had been advised to evacuate to high ground in case of a tsunami.

The earthquake destroyed roads and bridges in the Philippines as people are fleeing to higher ground, Reuters cites Samar congressman Ben Evardone as saying. One person was confirmed dead and one was injured and after the earthquake sparked  flash flooding in Cagayan de Oro, the village’s mayor said. Seven houses were also reported destroyed in the village, while several towns and cities were without power in the central and southern Philippines, AP cites local radio as saying. Cellphone signals are reportedly to be disrupted by the earthquake according to some of my friends. Some areas affected by the quake have experienced power shortage at this moment.

The Philippines is located on the southern part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a 40,000 km long horseshoe-shaped area where 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes take place.