MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – In The Philippine Star (TPS), one of the leading national dailies, a full page is devoted to China, the People’s Republic of China — the same China that is engaged in a tense territorial dispute with the Philippines over islands in the South China Sea.
TPS describes the page as “weekly updates and other relevant information on the People’s Republic of China.”
Apparently, Freedom of Information abounds in the Philippines, except when it comes to government information. Congress has yet to pass a Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill.
The China page on TPS is obviously funded by the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines.
But why, you might ask, does China need weekly news updates in the Philippines? And why would TPS publish such a supplement other than for the adverstising revenue? Would The New York Times or Washington Post publish a similar weekly supplement funded by the North Korean Government or Iraq?
Some political observers are saying that this could be a ‘dress rehearsal’ for when China eventually takes over not just the disputed Spratly Islands, but perhaps the entire Philippines.
Of course, that’s just conjecture, but we’ve seen too many speculations come to fruition.
Beijing, China (The Adobo Chronicles) – Tensions continue to build in the South China Sea as China escalates both rhetoric and physical presence in the disputed territories in the Spratlys, a group of islands also claimed by the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.
The Spratly Islands are important for a number of reasons: the area holds potentially significant, but largely unexplored, reserves of oil and natural gas; it is a productive area for world fishing; and it is one of the busiest areas of commercial shipping traffic.
News from various sources shows that China has not only started oil drilling operations in the area, but is also quietly attempting to build an artificial island, reclaiming parts of the sea to establish an aircraft runway. Movements by Chinese supply ships have also been reported near at least two reefs in the disputed territories.
In yet another move by China to pursue what some world leaders are calling its “expansionist policy,” the Chinese government has formally filed papers before the United Nations claiming ownership of Manila’s Chinatown in the Binondo district, the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in 1594.
Sources close to the Beijing government told The Adobo Chronicles that if successful in its attempt to lay claim on Manila’s Chinatown, the Chinese government will build a wall around it and require passports and visas for non-Chinese citizens to dine or shop within what will be officially called Chinese Walled City. The wall that will be built will mimic that of the Great Wall of China.
The government of Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino is still studying the matter and is not ready to issue a response or statement.
The Hague, Netherlands – The Philippine government has filed a formal petition with the United Nations, laying territorial claim to the countries in Polynesia. The petition was submitted by the Philippines’ permanent representative to the U.N. Libran Cabactulan to the International Court of Justice located at The Hague in the Netherlands.
The petition came after the National Geographic published the results of a new research study on ancient chicken DNA which led to the conclusion that the Philippines could actually be the ancestral home of the Polynesians.
The researchers found that Polynesian chickens had their roots in the Philippines, making that region a candidate for the homeland of the mysterious Lapita people thought to be ancestral to Polynesians who transported the domesticated birds to the Pacific islands.
“We have identified genetic signatures of the original Polynesian chickens, and used these to track early movements and trading patterns across the Pacific,” said lead author Dr. Vicki Thomson of the Australian Center for Ancient DNA (ACAD). “We were also able to trace the origins of these lineages back into the Philippines, providing clues about the source of the original Polynesian chicken populations.”
Philippine President NoyNoy Aquino ecstatically briefed reporters about the petition, saying that the territorial claim could be the highlight of his presidency. He added that the Philippines will abandon its claim to the disputed Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, which are also being claimed by China.
Aquino said he would rather pursue the claim to Polynesia because it would mean the Philippines’ expansion to larger territories like Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand , and several other islands in the Pacific. “This would make the Philippines truly a world power,” Aquino said.