By Dr. Ariel Gener, MD
I have good news and bad news.
First, the good news. While Obama may be screening his Blackberry’s caller ID and ignoring Malacanang’s desperate 9-1-1 calls, we have located brave and galant men and women who could be defending Scarborough Shoal.
No, it is not the US Navy’s storied Osama bin Laden-killing SEAL Team Six. Screw them! Not the legendary Delta Force, either. They can just shut the foxtrot. It is not even Chuck Norris, although he could single-handedly defeat the entire PLA (People’s Liberation Army) of China and still maintain a pair of perfectly-coiffed side-burns.
We don’t need these gringos. We have homegrown heroes. These patriots have unwavering belief that the Philippines does not need no stinkin’ help from GI Joe, nor Captain America, to defeat the Chinese, or any other invader of the Philippines.
Among these “Avengers” whom we hope will soon fight the Chinese Navy are: the 12 former Senators who made Yankee go home in 1992 – Agapito “Butz” Aquino, Joseph Estrada, Teofisto Guingona Jr,, Ernesto Maceda Jr, Orlando Mercado, Aquilino Pimentel Jr, Rene Saguisag, Jovito Salonga, Wigberto Tañada, Victor Ziga, and current Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. They defeated 11 other senators who voted to retain Clark and Subic in September, 1991.
Sen. Sotero Laurel II is excused from deployment. He has passed away. You can add Satur Ocampo and everybody else who thought – and still thinks – the Philippines does NOT need American military firepower.
Professor Roland Simbulan might be willing to join them. He has always been an outspoken protester of US military presence in the country. He is not alone. In the Sept 16, 1991 issue of Bulatlat, he said, “The growth of the resistance mobilized against the proposed bases treaty is reflected in the fact that on Sept. 10, 1991, about 50,000 people marched against it as the Senate vote drew near. But six days after, on September 16, 1991, the number of protesters had swelled to 170,000 outside the Senate despite a heavy downpour.”
I suggest the Philippine military immediately gather and conscript into active duty these 170,000 patriots who demanded the ouster of the US bases. Surely, they are convinced they are capable of protecting “Inang Bayan” (Motherland). To find them, I recommend they start checking the US Embassy’s list of tourist, business and immigrant visa applicants. I remember seeing and meeting many of these “supposed anti-US bases heroes” in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago and San Diego where they now reside and worship their great gods – Dollar Lama and Moolah Omar.
The Philippines deserves to be defended by the “best of the very best” – so, let us send them to the front lines of Scarborough to face these Chinese aggressors. I am sure the megaphones they used to wield in front of the US Embassy on Roxas Blvd countless times can outgun the Chinese warships’ massive 15-inch guns, their angry banners can take down Foxbat fighter planes the Chinese has reportedly acquired from Russia, their placards can destroy China’s CJ-10 cruise missiles, their “Yankee Go Home”, “Down with US Capitalism, Imperialism” sloganeering are lethal against the Chinese Air Force’s 5,172 combat aircraft and their face masks made from tattered t-shirts can protect them from the incapacitating, neuron-melting nerve gas Russian scientists have shared with the PLA.
In addition to Prof Roland Simbulan, I further recommend that staunch anti-American nationalists, such as, Bayan Muna and Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) stalwart Satur Ocampo, and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago be battlefield-promoted to Commanding Generals of the Western Philippine Sea, Chinese Resistance Weapons Division (We’rSCReWeD).
Satur Ocampo, as recently as April this year, led 4,000 protesters against the VFA (Visiting Forces Agreement) and the Balikatan Exercises in Mindanao. He “burned an American flag with anti-US imperialism messages,” according to Democratic Underground.com on their April 20, 2012 issue. That is 4,000 additional recruits for the Scarborough front line, which we can call Philippine Soldiers Heroically Protecting our Fishing District (PhiSHPFooD)
Sen Miriam Santiago, as Chairperson of the Congressional Legislative Oversight Committee on the VFA, (CaCaLOCo) suggested in 2009 to terminate the VFA – which allows for 700 US Special Operations soldiers to fight terrorists in Mindanao.
I applaud them.
Jack Nicholson, as US Marine Corps Col. Nathan Jessup in “A Few Good Men”, challenged US military haters – “I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the very blanket of freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it. I prefer you said ‘thank you’, and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand your post”.
Well, dear patriotic anti-US bases gentlemen and ladies, we stand proudly alongside you – curiously waiting for you to prove your ultimate belief in not needing Clark and Subic, the VFA, and all the Damn Yankee military in the Philippines. We are watching and waiting for you to pick up a weapon and stand your post at Scarborough. Stop hiding. Get back in the limelight and be our heroes.
And Good Luck, for this is the bad news – you are gonna NEED it.
(Note: Doc G, unlike most of these political armchair generals and Monday-morning quarterbacks, has seen actual combat and deployed in the Middle East, Persian Gulf and Africa. He also has genuine Philippine revolutionary blood in his veins from his mother’s side, being a great grandson of “revolucionario” Gen. Francisco “Kiko” Carreon – Vice President of the ‘real’ first Philippine Republic, and right hand man of President Gen. Macario Sakay. Despite his anti-American family lineage, Dr Gener has for the past 20 years believed that ejecting Clark and Subic may have been the biggest diplomatic, economic and military blunder of Philippine politicians in the 20th century).