Thursday, 28 June 2012 08:47
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you…” (Deuteronomy 28:47-48, the Holy Bible).
THE TRUTH IN THE SHOAL RAMMING INCIDENT: What, really, is the truth? Was the Filipino fishing boat rammed intentionally by a Chinese vessel or not? Was it a Chinese vessel, as reported by both the Inquirer and the Star in their June 25, 2012 issues, or it was not, as Zhang Hua of the Chinese Embassy in Manila was trying to clarify?
The clarification is important, not only because one Filipino died in the incident, three were injured, and four others are still missing as of press time, but more because of its serious ramifications in the on-going China-Philippines standoff and possible shooting war at the Scarborough Shoal.
Indeed, if the Inquirer and the Star reports were accurate, in the sense that it was a Chinese vessel that rammed the Filipino fishing boat, the act would constitute not only premeditated murder, but an assault on the sovereign integrity of the Philippines, the claims of China over the Shoal notwithstanding, and which therefore would amount to an open declaration of war.
SOBRIETY NEEDED AT THIS TIME: But I will caution all Filipinos, President Aquino and all his officials included, against any rush reactions, as well as prematurely making any provocative statements, at least while the incident is undergoing an investigation. If the offending vessel was not Chinese, as Zhang Hua was saying, there is really no reason to heighten our belligerence towards China at this point.
On the other hand, if the investigations will show that the vessel was indeed owned by China, the ramming incident could never have been merely accidental. It would clearly qualify as an intentional act, meant to provoke the eruption of hostilities and a shooting war, all aimed at something really sinister.
What do I mean by "something really sinister?" What I mean is that, the ramming incident could be a clear indication that China is merely laying the predicate, as it were, to pursue its real purpose in staking a physical claim on the Shoal and on the whole South China Sea, which is the take-over of the entire Philippine archipelago, for many obvious reasons---oil, natural resources, strategic advantage, business interests.
IS CHINA TAKE-OVER OF RP POSSIBLE? Is a China take-over and occupation of the Philippines possible? At this point, this may seem farfetched yet, but a reading of some parts of the Bible, especially on God’s curses against a people who no longer sincerely listen to Him and who no longer obey His commands, may show the great possibility of a Chinese take-over and occupation real soon.
Many will surely scoff at this, but, for whatever it is worth, here is what the Bible says. In Deuteronomy 28:15: “… However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you…”
In Deuteronomy 28:49: “… The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young. They will devour the young of your livestock and the crops of your land until you are destroyed…”
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