I was reading an article published by the New York Times a couple days ago on the West Philippine Sea territorial dispute with China. Calling the area that rather than the old name South China Sea is certainly telling of my position in the issue. But as a student and teacher of history in the Philippines, I was wondering to myself while going through the article how I would be teaching this episode in the history of Philippine sovereignty say five or ten years from now. How will things turn out, I wonder?
The New York Times article, A Game of Shark and Minnow, was researched and written well. I hope teachers use the material in class to raise awareness about the issue. What do we Filipinos really have against the military might of China? We have our rights as stipulated in the UNCLOS (United Nations Conventions on the Laws of the Sea). But rights are moot when we are unaware we have them and don’t demand from others to respect them.