MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines Reserve Command (RESCOM) has called hundreds of thousands of army reservists to active duty following the Philippines’ loss to China in yesterday’s FIBA Basketball Asia Championship game. The Filipino team, Gilas, lost the 2015 title to China 78-67.
The 2015 FIBA Asia Championship game was held in Changsha, Huna, China.
The Filipinos accused China of cooking the game through bad calls by Chinese referees.
The Philippines and China are embroiled in a territorial dispute over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Till yesterday, the Philippine government has been passive in dealing with the dispute, choosing to resolve the hot button issue through diplomatic means, including filing a formal protest with the United Nations.
Gilas’ loss — its second failed attempt in a row at the much-coveted title — was too much for the Philippines to bear, so it decided to bear arms instead.
“We’ve been trying our best to be sportsman-like in dealing with the South China Sea conflict, but it seems that the Chinese can’t be sport enough even in a supposedly friendly competition like basketball,” President NoyNoy Aquino said.
Among those called to active duty were Filipino champion boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve; and Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares, lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles®) – Before today, a search on Google Maps would point you to an island in the South China Sea called Zhongsha.
Its international name is Scarborough Shoal and is one of disputed territories in the Spratly Islands, a group of more than 750 reefs, islets, atols, cays and islands in the South China Sea. The Spratly archipelago lies off the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and southern Vietnam. All three countries plus China claim part of the archipelago as part of their respective territories.
With the click of the mouse, Google erased the island from the map after an outcry from Filipinos who maintained that naming the island Zhongsha would suggest that it belongs to China, when in fact, it belongs to the Philippines, or so it is claimed.
“We’ve updated Google Maps to fix the issue. We understand that geographic names can raise deep emotions which is why we worked quickly once this was brought to our attention,” Google’s office in Manila said in a statement.
China, meanwhile, has accused Google of taking sides on a territorial dispute that should be settled by the governments involved, not by a private company. Furthermore, China says that Google’s action is in retaliation for the Chinese government’s crackdown on gmail and the Google search engine in the Chinese mainland.
So, if there is a name of an island or body of water anywhere in the world that you are not happy about, don’t despair. All you need is to start a petition for Google to erase it from the map. Or at least change its name.