Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Why is China making waves in the East and South China Seas?

Regarded as the world’s second largest economy and with a growing military might, China is on a clear display of arrogance and conceitedness against her neighboring countries. She’s the one provoking tensions and her bullying tactics not only multiplied her enemies but also unite them all against her.

But why is China doing this? Is she out of her mind? Why is she grabbing territories based on a bogus claim? The so-called 9-dash-line claim of China is actually a work of fiction. What do China really wants? 

China wants the world to recognize her as a super power state. She wants to feel how it’s like to belong in the top powerful nations of the world. She also wants to create fear among the smaller, weaker neighboring countries.

The problem with China is that she won’t officially declare a war. We’re at war with her already. Her illegal occupation of our remote islands should be considered an invasion, or what else do we like to call it?

Chinese leaders think that the world would tolerate or allow her to do what she likes. She thinks the world needs her more than she needs the international community of nations. It wouldn’t come as a surprise though--that way of thinking.

China is, unfortunately, governed by closed-minded leaders. And what can you expect out of these leaders? Plain stupidity is the main thing for them. I would like to make it clear that we’re not against the Chinese people here in general. But some of her leaders blemished it big time for whatever good reputations she had been keeping.

It’s just a cover up for what is actually an act of greed. China wants to acquire more to sustain her growing domestic needs. If she can’t feed her people anymore, she will implode. Her house of cards would be revealed then.

CONCLUSION: No matter how much China is willing to spend to upgrade its military she will never ever surpass or even equal that of the U.S. Her peaceful rise as a nation depends much on her attitude. She must learn to respect if she wants to be respected; respect begets respect. Or she can do what she wants and take full responsibility for the consequences of her actions. 


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Philippines celebrates 116th Independence Day

Asia’s first republic, the Philippines, celebrates its 116th Independence Day today, the 12th of June. It was first declared in Kawit Cavite with General Emelio Aguinaldo as the first president. The Philippines has finally been freed from over 300 years of Hispanic rule. It was made short lived with colonial America taking over the islands.

Filipino-American war erupted until the capture of Aguinaldo by the Americans. The Philippines became America’s possession. During World War II, the Philippines served as America’s long standing, strategic ally against the imperialist Japan. Filipino and Americans fought side-by-side against the invading Japanese imperial army.

The Americans granted the Philippines its independence on July 4, 1946, a little over a year after the liberation of the Philippines and the surrender of Japan to the Americans. The Philippines became the first country in the world after World War II to have declared independence from the hands of its colonizers.

Although the Philippines became a self-governing state since the Americans had left, a Mutual Defense Treaty has been signed in 1951 to ensure or provide Philippine security from external threats. The Americans maintained two of its military bases, the Subic naval base in Olongapo and Clark field in Pampanga until Philippine senate voted for the rejection of these bases in 1991. These bases are considered the largest U.S. military installations outside America.

116 years since Aguinaldo had first declared it for the Philippine nation, the question is: Have we been a free people at last? Have we got the freedom that our ancestors had been fighting for a long time ago?

It’s easy for anyone to say he or she loves the Philippines, but are you willing to die for your country? Are you willing to do everything to ensure her freedom? Are you willing to make her proud of you?

As long as we keep electing traitors, cowards, incompetent, crooked and corrupt government officials; to allow them to continue ruling us, we (as a people and as a nation) would not be able to free ourselves from bondage. But I would like to congratulate those living and unsung Filipino heroes of today who are more than willing enough to sacrifice everything, even to the point of risking their own lives, to make this nation as free as we can all imagine.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The resurgence of Miguel Cotto: There will be blood

Photo credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank.
By the time former Pacquiao foe Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto climbs up the ring to face middleweight champion Sergio Martinez on June 7th, expect some fireworks to explode in a gut-wrenching war waged by these two modern-era gladiators of what will be their own version of brutal pugilism. There will be blood, yes more blood.

The champion in Martinez will be tested with fire the intensity of which never been introduced before in the battlefield he had dominated. Cotto will come out like a cowboy, all guns blazing, rampaging towards every space the champion occupies.

But there’s more to it. Once the cowboy hits the mark, he shifts shapes and forms almost immediately like what they were doing in the Transformers movies. The cowboy will now become the bull and that would be too much for Martinez to handle or play the Matador with.

Martinez will be caught (but not off-guard) with every vicious blow Cotto can throw. He will kiss the canvas not once, or twice, but three times till he call it quits. Cotto will be pronounced the new champion and names for possible opponents will be discussed.

A future fight with Golovkin will be hot and highly regarded. The middleweight division, once a deep well of talents until just recently was draining out, will slowly recover thanks to trainer Freddie Roach for the job well done. He has reinvented the Puerto Rican and added some lethal weapons into his arsenal.

Cotto will be dominating the middleweight division for a couple more years until he decides to hang up the gloves. Golovkin may be a threat, but he will suffer the same fate as Martinez if he trades leather with him.

A rematch with Pacquiao or Mayweather will be considered great fights. But it’s unlikely in a sense that the weight difference may be a big factor to keep it from happening. Cotto will be at his best in the middleweight, while Pacquiao and Mayweather should fight a battle for supremacy in the welterweight division, if it ever happens.