Noynoy is really putting the country in serious harm’s way, what with his penchant for raising tensions with China, the latest being by running to the United States and announcing that he plans to ask the US to send spy planes to help the country in monitoring disputed areas in the South China Sea.
It is a really stupid move on Noynoy’s part, as even a moron can see that fires would be stoked again, when the best move, if a diplomatic solution is really being sought by the Noynoy administration, is not to create more tension between China and the Philippines.
The Palace, in defending the stupid move of Noynoy, claimed that the request for P3C Orion spy planes from the US would be a way to enhance the country’s monitoring capabilities, with a presidential spokesman saying that the spy planes are merely for “monitoring and surveillance purposes.”
Spokesman Ricky Carandang was quoted as saying that the request for US spy planes should not be viewed by China as a form of aggression, and sought to downplay fears it could re-ignite tensions in the area.
“It is not inconsistent with our policy to de-escalate tensions in the area. First of all, it is only for surveillance and there is no armed component,” he said.
That’s really dumb. Even if it is argued that the unarmed US spy planes are being requested for monitoring and surveillance purposes, as the Palace put it, what is the point of it all, since the country has no capability to do anything much even if Chinese patrol boats enter, with guns ablaze in Philippine waters and Chinese combat ready planes fly over the disputed waters?
What then is the use of the spy planes in the disputed islands even if such are for monitoring purposes then? For the US and the Noynoy administration to know just how many Chinese, Vietnamese and other claimants’ ships, patrol boats are in the shoal, or have passed through while counting the number of combat-ready aircraft that will be flying over the disputed islands?
Then what would be the next move of the Aquino administration and its military? Run to the US government to cry and complain that China and other claimant countries’ ships are in these disputed islands and later ask the US government for military action in defense of the Philippine claim?
If the war-freak Noynoy thinks that such a move from the US would drive the Chinese away from the disputed islands, he really should have another serious think coming.
And if Noynoy thinks that the US will engage China in a shooting war to defend the Philippines, he really should have his head examined--unless of course, the intent is to give the Philippines back to America, which he is slowly doing today.
The US has made known its position on the China-Philippines claims as it stated its neutrality in the long-running maritime dispute, despite offering to help boost the Philippines’ decrepit military forces. China has warned many times over that “external forces” should not get involved, although the US raised the hackles of China when the US stressed its military’s intent to “pivot” back to Asia, widely seen as a response to China’s growing military capabilities.
Still, for Noynoy to suddenly announce to the nation that he will be asking the US government for spy planes for monitoring and surveillance purposes, this must have been suggested by the US, which suggestion was quickly accepted by Amboy Noynoy.
It will be recalled that in August last year, the US Pacific Command was reported to have made an initial offer to deploy the P3C Orion spy planes to the Philippines and help monitor disputed areas in the South China Sea after China increased its presence and activities near Reed Bank, part of the western Philippines Palawan island group.
The Pentagon offered to share real-time surveillance data with the Philippines while seeking wider access to airfields in its former bases, which Noynoy readily granted, as even US nuclear warships have docked in Subic.
Noynoy loves to speak of defending the Philippine sovereignty, but he has virtually ceded that sovereignty to the United States, and is now openly inviting war in this country with China.
He has not only destroyed Philippine democratic institutions; he has even destroyed the entire country with his pulbura mentality.