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Spratly Issue: Death of our Sovereignty by Gianni Pansensoy

BENEATH the islands invaded by China in the West Philippine Sea are 13 trillion dollars of proven huge reserve of gas as well as vast amount of oil that are the primary reasons of the dispute that continues to rage with no end in sight since China has been constructing its militay bases in the West Philippine Sea to bolster its economic interest through creeping and very low intensity expansionism.

Despite of the global outrage to put an end to China’s destructive establishment of the artificial islands yet it remains deaf which means that it is throwing the world into the fire of another global upheaval. Those islands clearly belong to the Republic of the Philippines as being defined by UNCLOS yet China incessantly claims it without legal basis as well as historical facts to prove its ownership.

thus, its occupation is illegal that violates the international law and a blatant assault against the sovereignty of the Philippines. The local Filipino fishermen who live along the coastal waters and subsist on fishing for survival are being barred by China’s coastguards to fish on their very own territorial waters,thus; pushing them into the brink of starvation.

Despite of China’s militarization on the disputed islands which is a clear and present danger since it will be used as the primary base for a full-pledged invasion but there are corrupt Filipino businessmen as well as local politicians have been collaborating with the Chinese Government to extract massive quantities of soil from different parts of the Philippines for island building and military purposes.

Davao Oriental alone has been witnessing the rape of the Philippines Sovereignty for several years with huge vessels from China regulary smuggling out tons of soil to fill the lagoons in the West Philippine Sea for China’s military bases. The same thing is happening in Surigao and as far as Tawi-Tawi yet these crimes remain hidden under the cloak of lavish under-the-table negotiations.This signifies that China smuggled soil from our country to barricade us from our shoals which they invaded with the use of excessive force.

Though China has been raping us and stealing our own natural resources that should be intended for the hungry Filipinos yet we remain cold as gold without any resistance as if allowing them to further abuse us.What have we become?

We Filipinos must take a stand and resist China’s invasion instead of indulging ourselves under the spell of ALDUB and PASTILLAS GIRL which not only bury national conscious ness deeper into mediocrity but also giving the Filipinos sort of hallucinogenic dose that blinded them from the real national issue that needs to be addressed.

We should always remember that our forefathers had died to protect our freedom and national sovereignty that we are enjoying today, We must not put their precious death in vain.


Founding Chair of the Free The Spratly Movement , National Organizing Committee of Movement And Alliance To Resist China’s Aggression , and National Youth Movement for the West Philippine Sea of University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna.

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