With Chinese ships maneuvering unimpeded all over the South China Sea, and the Philippines unable to do anything but watch,China's home-grown J-20 supersonic stealth jet fighter undergoes operational testing in China there is a miniscule yet growing number of Filipinos who are taking to heart the adage “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” These folks are the 21st century version of the “Philippine Statehood” movement of the sixties and seventies. And while the rest of us might quickly dismiss them as an inconsequential, fringe group, they do make compelling arguments for their cause.
Adding fuel to the fire, on May 7, 2012 He Jia, a TV news anchor for China's state broadcaster CCTV said on-air that “the Philippines is an inherent part of China's territory over which China has unquestionable sovereignty.” What Jia really meant to say was that the Spratly Islands were part of China. Though she quickly apologized for her gaffe, ultra-nationalist Chinese lit up the internet agreeing with her initial statement.
So why do a handful of Pinoy uber pessimists harbor the notion that the Philippines would be better off under China? Here are a few of the arguments they put forth:
China will soon be the world’s richest and most powerful country. The Philippines might as well become part of it sooner rather than later.
The decades-long Mindanao conflict that has so divided the country will come to an end should the Philippines becomes part of China. Since China is atheistic, neither Catholics nor Moslems will have any power to control anything. It will also be the fulfillment of Jose Rizal’s dream of finally ridding the country from the grip of the Spanish friars or their modern-day counterparts in the CBCP (Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines).
Filipinos thrive and prosper when someone else makes the rules. As an example, Filipinos in North America do very well under American and Canadian governance where laws are enforced strictly but evenhandedly on everyone.
China’s one-child policy will slam the brakes on the Philippines’ exploding population. Forced sterilization after a certain number of children could well become a distinct reality under Chinese rule—this would be like the RH Bill (Reproductive Health Bill) but on steroids.
The Philippine Military in no way, shape or form can stand up to China’s war machine as it stands today. Forcing our young men to battle such an overwhelming foe would be nothing short of sheer irresponsibility. It would be like marching our boys into a giant meat grinder!
The Philippine economy today is already controlled by the Chinese anyway. Filipino-Chinese businesses are among the largest private sector employers in the country. Most Filipinos already have a Chinese boss.
In a few decades even the United States will be unable to decisively defeat China. The Philippines will have no one to turn to even if the U.S. really wanted to help.
In China, there is swift justice for all those who break the law. He Jia, an anchor for China's CCTV, news program “24 Hours” apologized after mistakenly saying that the Philippines was part of ChinaEven high ranking politicians get the axe. In 2007 China executed Zheng Xiaoyu who ran China’s Food and Drug Administration. Mr. Xiaoyu was found guilty of corruption in May 2007 and was executed two months later in July. No decades-long court maneuverings like you have in Philippine courts where only those with lots of money have the staying power and the ability to out-bribe their opponents.
The Philippines was number one in Southeast Asia when it gained independence from the United States in 1946. Since then it has gone from the very top to near bottom in the six decades since Filipinos started calling the shots. It takes a lot more than just really bad luck to fall that far down. Pinoys it seems are simply incapable of properly governing themselves.
Though overwhelmingly unpopular today, future generations of Filipinos will be thankful that the country became part of China. Just ask Hawaiians whether they’re glad they are part of the United States? In 1898 when the Newlands Resolution was passed annexing the Hawaiian Islands as part of America, the majority of native Hawaiians were against it. Those opposed to annexation have long since passed away but, their progeny who make up today’s Hawaiians are all proud to be Americans.
While we at pinoyofwcommunity.com do not necessarily agree or disagree with the above arguments, we do find them persuasive and thus offer them to you our readers for analysis and comment. Tell us what you think.