It seems that, in the on-going maritime dispute between the Philippines and China, the Filipino-Chinese community in the country has been playing deaf and mum, preferring not to show their true color in relation to this matter.
While their silence over the issue may have been advantageous for them, it is not quite helpful to the situation, and is in fact making the Filipinos uneasy. This is not what the native Filipinos expect from them; they want a more concrete participation from the Filipino-Chinese community in trying to resolve the conflict. Moreover, they expect the Chinese in the country to at least show sympathy to this land that is being bullied by the country they have long abandoned.
Are they being neutral amid the conflict, or they are taking sides? If it’s the latter, who are they siding with? Well, this is not a question to ask anymore. Common sense would tell they must be siding with their own countrymen, with China for sure. Blood is thicker than water as the saying goes. So it is not surprising if, in times of severe armed confrontation, they will turn against the native Filipinos.
But we are praying that such extent won’t happen. That is why we go for diplomatic resolutions of the rift though China is not open to any option, including diplomacy. To partly achieve this, we urge the Filipino-Chinese community to air their stand, to lobby before the Chinese government that the Philippines be finally spared from apparent bullying. Who knows, being Chinese themselves, they might indeed be able to convince their Chinese brethren in the mainland to leave us alone in attending to our territories.
Surely, it would make a big difference if the Filipino-Chinese will be the ones to mediate in the conflict, they being in the most appropriate position to do it. They should act towards this resolution before everything is too late. This should be their stand.
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