200-nautical-mile limit Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone at Scarborough Shoal which is 125 nautical miles off the shores of Zambales in Luzon, Philippines. Philippine battleship BRP Gregorio del Pilar was on the area to check on the said intruders with, of course, the rules of engagement strictly observed and followed. This particular act of intrusion into Philippine territories by Chinese nationals is not only showing disrespect to Philippine sovereignty for that matter but one, most importantly, raising environmental concerns as well as the Philippine Navy found out that these Chinese fishermen are fishing and acquiring some of the endangered species protected under Philippine Laws.
Two Chinese surveillance ships immediately arrived in the said area positioning in-between the Philippine battle ship and the Chinese fishing boats and even ordered the Filipino battleship to leave the area as they have said the Shoal belongs to China. The captain of BRP Gregorio del Pilar retaliated by ordering the intruders to leave the area as it was within Philippine waters. The standoff ended up in diplomatic protests for each other from both countries. The Chinese are coming and showing no respect. The have violated international laws of the sea several times in the past and they will again do it in the present and future.
I think it's about time that we Filipinos should all unite as one people and act. It's about time for all of us to do something for our country; to ask not what our country can do for us, as what John F. Kennedy was quoted as saying, but to rather ask what we can do for our country. It's about time to strengthen more our alliance with the US, for them to come to our aid and fight with us, by out of which we as well fought alongside with during World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. It's about time to build our nation strong, figuratively and literally. It's about time to end our domestic conflicts and differences and to focus more on the much serious issues like external threats, etcetera. It's about time, for all of us, to choose a strong leader among us, an iron man yet God-fearing who will lead us all to victory, unity, peace, and prosperity. It's about time to show to the world once more, and for all time to come, that the Filipino race is a great race--being the direct descendants of the once mighty Shri-Vijayan empire--by whom people must pay respect with. Even though China may have the largest and strongest army, I can always find comfort in the words of American general Douglas MacArthur when he said: "give me ten thousand Filipino soldiers and I will conquer the world." Because if God is for us, to quote from the Holy Bible in Romans 8: 31, who can be against us?