Philippine Opposition “thought leaders” are desperate. Their camp had been thwarted in all their legal efforts to seize power. Having failed to appeal their value to the Filipino voter they now adopt an astounding strategy — appeal for foreign intervention.
Inquirer columnist Rina Jimenez-David in her latest piece, for example, is up in arms over the Philippine government’s flirting with the prospect of withdrawing from the United Nations. In her rather sophomoric pitch to her readers, Jimenez-David inadvertently reveals the root of all the Philippines’ troubles. The key argument — or threat — she issues for the case to remain cosied up with the UN is that the Philippines is dependent on it.
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The Philippines also depends on UN agencies, as well as other governments, for humanitarian aid during such disasters as “Yolanda” as well as for ongoing crises like drought and famine. Emergency food aid, medical and health interventions, even postdisaster support have also been provided by UN agencies.
David, in short, misses a big point and, in the process, highlights a really important one. Much of what ails the Philippines and makes its collective ego far bigger than what it is actually capable of as a nation is its pathetic dependence. It is dependent on continued validation by former colonial powers and their modern-day agents. In essence, the Opposition and its “thought leaders” have gone insane. They are suggesting that this dependence be cured by, get this, more foreign intervention.
The Philippines is, lest we forget, a democracy. Its government is the outcome of successive popular votes. As such, the national character is a product of internal dynamics. Thus if there is any fixing that needs to be done, it can be executed through the internal systems that created this dynamic. There are institutional measures available to Filipinos to do just that.
But what is really disturbing is Jimenez-David suggesting that the Opposition would support a military incursion into the Philippines.
The United Nations, upon the vote of the assembly or the Security Council, could send a multinational force for either peacekeeping or responding to humanitarian disasters to any member country.
Of course, there is a vast gulf between what defines a “humanitarian disaster” of the sort that requires deployment of blue helmets to the next basket case state and the “crisis” the Opposition insists is transpiring in the Philippines. The catastrophic loss of the leading Opposition coalition in this year’s elections (plus the fact that there was an election to begin with) proves people like Jimenez-David are just issuing shrill lies — to themselves and to their overlords in the West.
Even just suggesting that her country is a candidate for UN intervention is an affront to the concept of strong nation the majority of Filipinos aspire to build and be personally accountable for. Filipinos should strive to build the capability to take care of themselves and sort themselves out on their own.
Being beggared to the UN, various two-bit “human rights” councils on the other side of the planet, one or the other Parisian “rapporteur”, and those celebrity lawyers is just not on. This is the 21st Century — 73 years after being granted “independence” by the United States and more than 120 years after “winning” it (if we are to believe our snowflake “historians”) from Spain’s conquistador empire. Filipinos need to grow up, cut the umbilical cord with the old Galleon Trade, and embrace their region as their real home.
Perhaps Jimenez-David and her Yellowtard pals should be reminded of just how lame a command UN “peacekeepers” are subject to and how, back in 2014 at the Golan Heights, Filipino commanders worked that out on their own and decided enough is enough. A contingent of Filipino UN troops surrounded by Islamic terrorists chose to fight rather than surrender as ordered by their UN commander.
After encircling the troops on Aug. 28, Nusra militants communicated to the Filipinos and to the Fijians, who were being held elsewhere at an unknown location, an offer of safe passage if they handed over their weapons. The Filipinos did not trust the militants to keep their word. Philippine military officials in Manila have said openly that General Singha ordered the surrounded troops to raise a white flag, abandon their positions and leave their guns behind for Nusra, a group that the U.N. Security Council last year added to its blacklist of al Qaeda-linked terrorists.
Taking their orders from home, they ignored General Singha. Rather than abandoning their position and weapons, they stayed put and prepared to defend themselves while Philippine military officials and their UNDOF contingent discussed escape plans.
Goes to show these “United Nations” people are not really looking out for anyone beyond the sancitity of the obsolete charter that binds their international order. Filipinos should take heed.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.