If the latest news are to be believed, all systems are go for the Kalayaan Journey of 10,000 Filipino students. They will depart for the Kalayaan Island Group on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
In the annals of Philippine student activism, I can think of only one act which is more ambitious than this. And that is when Filipino student leaders under the leadership of the late VP Doy Laurel, rented their own ship (most of them must have come from well-to-do families) and tried to sail for Indonesia to join Indonesians in their war of independence against the Dutch (back then, the Malaya Irredenta dream was still very strong). As I understand it, Malacanang (and probably their horrified parents) prevented them from boarding their ship at the Manila Harbor at the last minute.
So I am a bit surprised that I have not heard any comment, whether positive or negative, from our leading 2016 Presidential Candidates. Let us make a quick roll call of them (in alphabetical order):
Jejomar Binay - no comment
Rodrigo Duterte - no comment
Grace Poe-Llamanzares - no comment
Manuel Roxas II - no comment
Miriam Defensor-Santiago - no comment
Is this an indication of the Level of Patriotism of our leading Presidential Candidates?
And also an indication of the level of political support our West Philippine Sea advocacy can expect to get from the New Occupant of Malacanang, once PNoy steps down next year?
No wonder Communist China has no respect for us at all...
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