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Sabi ng BATAS | How Many Islands Does Philippines Have?


Since gradeschool, we were taught that the number of islands that our Philippine Archipelago has depends on the tide: we have 7,107 islands during low tide while we only have 7,100 islands during high tide.

However, under Public International Law, we actually have 7,100 islands only. In his reviewer book on Public International Law, International Law legal luminary Atty. Ralph Sarmiento clarified:

“If asked how many islands does the Philippines have, do not reply with ‘high tide or low tide?!’ The number of islands does not change whether it’s high tide or low tide because an island is always above water at high tide.”

Atty. Sarmiento anchors his explanation on Art. 121 of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) which defines “island” as a naturally formed mass of land, surrounded with waters, which is above water at high tide. In other words, the so-called seven islands of the Philippine Archipelago which appear during low tide cannot actually be considered as islands for they are submerged during high tide.

Kaya next time, whenever you will be asked again how many islands does Philippines have, just answer “7,100 islands”, no more, no less, until some of these islands would be submerged under water due to melting of the ice caps as a consequence of the rapid climate change caused by us. ūüėČ

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Madalas na mga tanong hinggil sa China at US

FAQs on why we, leftist activists, consistently oppose U.S. “military” presence in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific.

“Sa pag-unlad ng ekonomya, magkakaroon tayo ng barko at iba pang gamit para depensahan an gating teritoryo. Magagawa lang ito kung tunay na independiente tayo. Hangga‚Äôt umaasa tayo sa mga dayuhang kapangyarihan tulad ng US, mananatili tayong mahina. Estratehiya yan kasi ng US, yung panatiliin tayong nakaasa para madali nila tayong nadidiktahan. [Kailangang] kumawala tayo sa anumang dayuhang dikta, mula sa China man o sa Amerika.”

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  1. Bakit ba kayo tutol sa presensyang militar ng US? Hindi ba sila makakatulong laban sa panghihimasok  ng China?

Tutol tayo sa presensyang militar ng US dahil labag ito sa soberanya natin, magdudulot ito ng maraming problema, at porma ito ng panghihimasok ito sa ating bansa at tanda ng hindi pantay na relasyon. HINDI ito makakatulong sa atin laban sa China, tulad nang hindi nakatulong ang US Bases para gawing moderno ang AFP matapos ang mahigit 40 taon. Hindi nakatulong ang mga US bases noon kaya nga hindi na pinalawig ang mga ito mtapos ang 1991. Di rin naging moderno ang AFP matapos ang 15 taon ng VFA at mga Balikatan exercises. Ilusyon lang na tutulungan tayo ng US. Pati yung armas at barko na nakukuha natin sa US ay mga pinaglumaang gamit na sobrang magastos ang maintenance. Sa huli, ang pinoprotektahan ng US ay ang sarili nitong interes at…

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Capitalism: Profit Over Humanity (On the Recent Demolition in Agham Road)

Umiiyak si Nanay habang dine-demolish ang kanilang mga kabahayan sa may Agham Road, Sitio San Roque, Quezon City. Photo credits to Reuters/Erik de Castro

This is what happens under a system known as Capitalism that prioritizes and cherishes profit (of the few elites) over humanity.

Two days ago, the residents¬†of an urban poor community in North Triangle faced demolition of their homes “to¬†give way to the 11.3-meter road widening project along Agham Road in Quezon City.” However, “the residents believe that the demolition is meant to give way for the Quezon City Central Business District, a 256-hectare project” of the Ayalas. “…similar reason was given to former residents along EDSA but instead of road-widening, a high rise condominium is now being constructed.”

‚ÄúNo demolition order. No dialogues. Just pure brazen violence. And the police even nabbed the already harassed residents. This is impunity, this is injustice in its rawest and steeliest form,‚ÄĚ said Terry Ridon, KABATAAN Partylist representative and a lawyer.¬†– Read more at: http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/01/27/north-triangle-residents-lose-homes-to-demolition-decry-overkill/#sthash.07yes4lm.dpuf


Everytime news articles about demolition of informal settlers are being posted online, I always see comments from netizens condemning the poor settlers saying, “they deserve it”, “they are poor because they are lazy”, “they are hindrances to our country’s development”, etc.

Sadly, we usually condemn the poor, criticize them, belittle them and demolish their homes that we tend to forget the fact that our food, our clothes, our gadgets, our school and office supplies are produced by them, by their calloused hands. These things that we enjoy are the fruits of their sufferings ‚Ästbeing exploited, abused, underpaid, and harassed.

We are now very blinded by the developments that we enjoy that we do not see the plight of the majority of the people in our society. Remember: Development is made for Humanity, not Humanity for Development of the few.

Doon po sa amin,
Bayan ng San Roque
May nagkatuwaang
Apat na pulubi ‚Äď

Nagsayaw ang pilay,
Nanood ang bulag,
Kumanta ang pipi,
Nakinig ang bingi.
‚ÄstPhilippine Folk Song

PS: Hindi lang si Vhong ang nangangailangan ng hustisya. HUSTISYA para sa mga urban poor ng Sitio San Roque! HUSTISYA para sa masang-api!

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Continuing the Supremo’s Legacy: Live with and Learn from the Masses

Last November 30, we celebrated the 149th birthday anniversary of one of our greatest Filipino heroes and the Father of the Philippine Revolution – Gat Andres Bonifacio. I was not able to write an essay about it but I was able to write a poem for him. Moreover, an intern of Manila Bulletin asked me again about my thoughts on how the Filipino youth of today can live up to the principles and ideals of Gat Andres. The article was published last Nov. 29 and here’s my thought:

“One cannot emulate Gat Andres Bonifacio just by reading about his life and works but by studying the society as well. We go out of the confines of our schools and homes and live with the masses. It is in integrating ourselves with them that we can see and understand the ills of our society and feel the need to take part in the struggle towards liberating the oppressed. It is in immersing ourselves with them that we can understand why Bonifacio became a revolutionary and that the situation during his time is still happening today. It is then the task of our generation to continue Bonifacio’s ultimate goal – to gain genuine independence for the country and total liberation of the oppressed from the hands of the ruling class. We must continue the revolution he has started and end it with victory for the masses and for our beloved country.” – Kristian Jacob Abad Lora, BS in Computer Science, University of the Philippines – Cebu

First published on Manila Bulletin, November 29

Also published at Yahoo News! Philippines, December 1

“Bayan, bayan, bayan ko, ‘di pa tapos ang laban mo. Rebolusyon ni ¬†Bonifacio, isulong mo, isulong mo!”

Robin Padilla who is playing the character of the Supremo in Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo joins militant activists from BAYAN during the 151th Anniversary of Ka Andres Bonifacio, Nov. 30, 2014. Photo by Macky Macaspac posted in Pinoy Weekly.

Robin Padilla who is playing the character of the Supremo in Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo joins militant activists from BAYAN during the 151th Anniversary of Ka Andres Bonifacio, Nov. 30, 2014.
Photo by Macky Macaspac posted in Pinoy Weekly.

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The Case of the Rude (Filipino) Passenger

Much has already been said and now is the time to analyze and reflect. The infamous case of the The Rude Passenger is deeply rooted to the bourgeois system of education that was introduced to us by the imperialist US. The system trains our people to be individualistic, arrogant, and causes them to be detached from the society, especially from the masses. This is why we are struggling to change this system into a Nationalist, Scientific and Mass-oriented one that will train our people to be selfless, critical, respectful and loving to the masses and to the nation.

As what Chairperson Mao Tse-tung once said,
“That a (wo)man, no matter how educated, is useless-without correct political orientation.”