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DFA warns of risking 400,000 mariners, wants PH not to get involved in sea incident
Published November 4, 2019, 10:06 PM
By Roy Mabasa

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/11/04/dfa-warns-of-risking-400000-mariners-wants-ph-not-to-get-involved-in-sea-incident/

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Monday warned of risking the employment and livelihood of some 400,000 Filipino mariners should they be embroiled in the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.

Locsin’s statement was in response to criticisms against the Duterte administration’s alleged lack of response to the reported harassment of a Greek-owned oil tanker by a “Chinese naval war vessel” near the Scarborough Shoal on September 30.

Filipino mariner, Captain Manolo Ebora was manning the Liberian-flagged M/T Green Aura when the incident occurred near the Scarborough Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc, a group of islands, reefs, and atolls located some 120 nautical miles from Masinloc, Zambales.

“We stick our noses in and 400,000 Filipino mariners get embroiled in a maritime issue about which our only interest is the safety of the parts of the crew who just happen to be Filipino and were not harmed,” Locsin said in a text message sent to Presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesman Salvador Panelo.

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Art C Tan and Mark Mark Dave Canieso Duterte has NOTHING to do with the US' cautious approach towards support for the PH position in the WPS. This attitude actually predated the current administration. Remember, the US actually brokered the pull back from Panatag Shoal in 2012. The PH complied, China didn't -- which is why we are where we are today.

The US, c/o of JUSMAG, has a front-row seat to DND-AFP HISTORICAL incompetence going back to the days before Marcos. From piss poor planning, to inability to think ahead when it comes to budgeting. AFP planners actually lament that JUSMAG is so accustomed to a DND-AFP that is, at best deferential, and at worst mendicant. Heck, the DND-AFP isn't above asking JUSMAG to help with the per diem of AFP officers that are sent to the US for schooling. Imagine what that does for our image in their eyes. On top of all of that . . . the PH rejected the US-PH bases agreement in 1991 WITHOUT a proper plan for replacing the funds that would be lost as a result. What kind of a "partner" was the Philippines really? We are a LIABILITY, plain and simple.

If the Philippines REALLY wants a viable MDT with the US, it needs to show-the-the-US-the-money. We need to be viewed as a partner that can actually think for itself . . . be willing to step away from the US if our interests called for it . . . and spend its own money. THAT is how the US views Japan: a partner it needs to keep happy, because it is in their MUTUAL INTEREST to be allies. Japan isn't looking for dole outs.

Ergo, as counter-intuitive as it may seem to folks who view the US-PH relationship as a black-and-white issue, a perception of a "pivot away from the US" actually HELPS US-PH relations because it resets the discussion, sets the ground work for a relationship between partners, rather one between a former colonizer and a predictable beggar that they colonizer "already figured out".
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I certainly agree with your point here. Some Filipinos tend to forget that the American public opinion is against any open war, specially if its against another superpower like China, and much more if the reason of war is an ally who hasn't done much to assert and improve its own military capabilities. It's their tax afterall!