23 April 2017
22 April 2017
China will also look into reports that Filipino fishermen have been driven away allegedly by the Chinese Coast Guard from Union Bank in the South China Sea, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.
“I honestly do not know anything about what you said. You yourself mentioned that the vessels are unidentified, and all sides are in the process of verifying the situation. China also needs to check on that,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said during a press conference.
The Philippines’ foreign affairs and national defense departments are still confirming media reports on the harassment of the Filipino fishermen.
Lu said China will continue to work with the Philippine side to “properly” resolve the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea maritime and territorial dispute under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Our position on the South China Sea issue is consistent and clear. We would go on working with the Philippine side to properly deal with relevant maritime issues and create favorable conditions for the sound and steady development of bilateral relations,” he said.
He reiterated that the bilateral relations between the Philippines and China have turned around and started to improve quickly “with all-around cooperation moving forward steadily”.
Five months after his election, President Duterte visited China in October last year at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
President Duterte is scheduled to return to Beijing next month to participate in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.
“Overall, both sides are able to build upon the consensus of the two leaders and manage maritime issues through negotiations and coordination,” Lu said.
Filipinos’ Lack of “Political Maturity”
If we define “political maturity”, it will take us ages until we are finally able to reach the extent of its true meaning, nature and behavior. That being said, this discussion shall remain limited according to what I observe from my countrymen – the Filipinos – who had been under various colonial “masters”, having been subjected for years of struggle from outside forces and even inside forces, and have gone through political turmoils whether on the national level or in the smallest units of the society, and have suffered so much from the powers that be who are in control of the country….., etc., as they remain to appear to be at a “loss” on how to deal with the changes, with the development of the times, with their own “political maturity”. Nowadays, it is very difficult to determine who should display “political maturity” – the politicians or the people who will have to vote the politicians into power. But let us try to apply the sense of the phrase to both sides – the politicians and the people -. This write-up is just a “speck” of what this author could think of to explain its meaning and attempt to dissect the complexity of the phrase itself within the bounds of the Filipinos’ idiosyncrasies.
Let us begin with the definition of “political maturity”. If you will search the Internet, you will find over a million definition, discussions, opinions, commentaries, etc., about the term. Millions that could perhaps answer ones’ curiosity but, at the same time, could likewise distort the mentality, or even totally change what one has already set in mind insofar as the person’s interpretation is concerned. But let us provide the general concept of what this writer thinks of what “political maturity” is all about, in its simplest interpretation – in the way this author sees or views the phrase, with the belief that it could be the most applicable in a given situation, condition or people, the term is pointed to, none other than, the Filipinos, international known as “pinoys”. This is what we came up with: for politicians – “political maturity” should and IT SHOULD BE!, – to possess that attitude and behavior, of putting first the interest of their constituents to meet development, success and greater well-being, rather than attending to their own personal and political interest. While for the people – “political maturity” happens when the choice of their candidate to lead them to experience better life, is focused more upon the candidate’s behavior, character and moral values to extend that necessary support, someone that could provide answers to their expectations to experience better opportunities and foment well-being, and and the people to become aware that their “life support” could or will almost depend from whomsoever they have chosen to lead and that they accept they’re actually and in reality “powerless” and subjected to the wills and caprices of politicians whether they are for or against, and to whom trust is deposited upon to lift their lives to a much better level.
Our choice of leaders, whether local or national, in my opinion, had always been traditional. Political leaders are/were sons or daughters, cousins, famous actors, those “can afford” the expense of running for a public office, and not to mention – coup leaders, to whom “trust” has been drawn after staging a “war against the state” – while we do not truly know whether they are actually “fighting” for the rights of the people or they were just building up their own glory by using the coup as means to leap themselves to become political leaders. And it seems that we are already witnessing those who have used this “coup method” rise to fame but lacking the real qualities of leadership or social values with the way they handle their role in nation building. Well, no need to mention who those people are because we are all witnesses to what is going on. It’s hard to find good leaders with such reputable and commendable qualities much to a lesser extent, a politician.
As a matter of personal view, Filipinos should be more watchful and vigilant on their choice of leaders. We cannot base our election by means of what our emotions dictate upon us or we cannot be persuaded by others’ opinion upon a candidate. We cannot just be carried away by “sweet talks” from actors turned politicians, by any candidates’ promises “to build schools, to create jobs, etc.”, or because the father was a good political leader (there is no such thing as “like father like son” – it’s a myth!), or by any individual wanting to jump into the bandwagon of power, etc., because words are superficial sounds that do not have any value at all when made not to become what they meant to be. Of course there are excellent and competent politicians, I am not saying there are not, not all are that unacceptable but our political maturity should be based upon the wisdom we possess in each one of us – individuals or politicians as well -, to focus more our own virtues and sound judgement to choose the people who could help us in accomplishing and reaching the world of our dreams and in turn for us to support good deeds and sound measures as long as they bring about happiness, contentment and well-being to all.
Trust is a key element, respect is a binding force. As past USA President Dwight D. Eisenhower said and herein quoted: “This world of ours must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect”. This folks are my views… let me hear from you..