The death of a fisherman

Even before a Philippine Coast Guard ship fired at a Taiwanese fishing boat that resulted in the death of a 65-year old fisherman, many Filipinos are already primed to shoot any chinky-eyed person on a foreign boat and sailing near or inside its territorial waters.

For months running before the incident, the Philippines and China have engaged in a bitter word war over each country’s claim on a group of islands in the now West Philippine Sea, which was China Sea and still is to China and others. The word war was, of course, not without fanfare. Just imagine a group of fishing boats having the temerity to sail around the disputed islands, with battleships as escorts, compliments of China, right after the word war re-started. Although limping with it’s ageing patrol boats, the Philippines cannot simply ignore such arrogance. Call it bullying if you want!

This tug of word went on for months, with the Philippines vainly trying the diplomatic channel while China employing the “thug approach” with their gun ships and mighty air force jets making flybys. And what do you think happens?

Those Pilipinos in their museum-class patrol boats and antiquated guns began thinking of their dire sorry state, if ever actual hostilities break out around the disputed islands. And as the word war between China and the Philippines continued without anyone gaining an upperhand, but with China continuously sending non-verbals of their tiger-to-mouse advantage, the Pinoys tasked of defending Filipino sovereignty began to feel something in the pith of their stomachs. And this may not even be a shared feeling, but definitely it was brewing in some of them.

So on that fateful Thursday, the one who pulled the trigger may have had the highest level of emotional hatred for the chinky-eyed people who threatened trespass. And if the head of the joint Philippine Coast Guard/Bureau of Fisheries team approved of the shooting, he obviously shares the same sentiment against the chinky-eyed persons on that boat.

So, in the spirit of Filipino revolutionaries using bolos and antiquated guns against the Americans, hindi sila nagpahuli at inunahan na ang kalaban resulting in the death of an old Taiwanese fisherman.


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