why assume right away?

@jazel_juan (15767)
Philippines
June 25, 2012 8:28pm CST
the news is filled again with the news of the Philippine boat that was rammed by a ship. I was watching this on the news and the claims said that a Chinese ship rammed it but the people on the boat said they did not see any person, or a flag that says China lol but they thought they saw some Chinese characters..therefore they said it was a chinese ship that rammed their boat and did not help them.. the thing is they should not have immediately announced and assumed it is a Chinese boat! this would fuel more the conflict between our country and China! Plus when you ask for help from a big boat, they could not go near you as it is hard to put a boat side by side, much more a big ship ( my brother said as he is a seafarer) anyways i hope this would not fuel anymore conflict.
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@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
26 Jun 12
Hi jazel The media is known to make things controversial. And it seems that is what they are upto. However, the government must have some control over the media - I know the free press thing and blah blah, but then there are things which need to be kept under covers and away from the common people in the interest of the Nation or even the Society, but these days most of the governments dont have any strict rules for the media
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
i do believe that the government can control but since we are democratic here, the media can pretty much print whatever they want.
@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
26 Jun 12
I differ with that. Democracy does mean freedom for all but then the freedom for all should not be bigger than the nation. In Indian Scenario - I cn definitely say it is the inaptness and cowardice on Government's part that they do not bother much about such hypes created unnecessarily by the media. They are more interested in Vote Banks
@asdomencil (4276)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
I also watched the news yesterday. I only noticed that the survivors are not sure about the sip that wrecked their fishing boat. Furthermore, just because the issue of the shoal between Chinese and Philippines, it is nt right to tell that it was already the Chinese ship that rammed by their boat.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
china must be freakin mad if they heard the accusations
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
Youa re right, this will be resulted into something bad.
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• Philippines
27 Jun 12
Hello Jazel_juan, that's what the media wants to sensationalize things. I for one didn't want to react quickly on this issue because it's not gonna do me any good at all. rather I just pray that this tension will cease. it's the previous administrations fault, they didn't know about the statistics of our resources before until the scientific studies were handled over to them. it's sad this is happening to us, i hope the fishermen are found.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
Hi Letran, How are you? Anyways i was actually waiting for you to make such topic because you are quite patriotic and is updated in the current events! i also stopped reading the news after this, it is tiring as i know it will never end just fade away when another news flash will appear.
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
Ignorance that's why. Few reasons: 1. Everyone knows about the on going conflict between our country and China. 2. China is one of the countries closest to the Philippines. 3. Media tends to exaggerate. 4. And the most funny part is, once we saw symbols on flags or in any print that looked like Chinese characters, we instantly assume they are Chinese.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
right jen and yes media do really exaggerate and sad to say many are fooled.
@rsa101 (14897)
• Quezon City, Philippines
26 Jun 12
Well I guess the fishermen themselves were quite unsure about the first time they reported it to the authorities. I do not think that it came from the authorities but the media broke the news and it spread like wildfire. Now, the fishermen retracted what they said earlier and they said they were not sure about it anymore. It seems like China is not bothering or is intimidated with this and denied they had any ship that traveled where the fishermen were fishing on that day. Oh well I guess China would know how to deal with this situation if they are not guilty then they do not have to react about this at all.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
i sure hope they would not take this negatively
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
Due to the growing rift between our country and China, it will always easier to assume that to give proof. This is even true in correct legal proceedings. Hang the proof. It is always easier to say that actually prove it. The people involved in this affair reserve their right to express what they though happened but they are also responsible for what will result from their declaration (something that most people do not do anyway). Remember that this is a volatile international dispute and any accusation can be a spark to a an already tense situation. It is very easy to assume because nobody wants proof. Just say something and it will treated as the Gospel. All you needs is a sympathetic public and a little convincing act. And the majority doesn’t care if you anything to support your claim. Like the old saying goes, the bark is often superior to the bite. Same is true to this situation. Oh, I forgot news about disputes always sell. I 'm not surprised that the media covered and broadcasted the story as soon as they are able.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
well sad to say the media will put anything as long as it will sell.. i bet those who assumed it was the Chinese will not be able to sleep well.
@shylade (3137)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
I agree with you. we need not to assume that fast because any thing we say will just worsen the situation between Philippines and China. let us put in mind that the government is trying their best to fix the gap between the two country as peacefully as they could.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
I hope so it will be fixed.. both parties have too much pride.
@GardenGerty (101780)
• United States
26 Jun 12
Some people are looking for a fight and a conflict. Even if there is not any. I could have Chinese characters painted on something and that would not make me Chinese. I think what your brother says is correct.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
true, i just wish the media did not publish it, it all made things worse
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
The news said that there is only a possibility and they are still investigating the issue. I do agree that they should have keep it confidential or else the Chinese might be get angry with us. I mean the still play an important role in our society. Like importing and exporting of each products and work opportunities. I do hope that both countries get along. I thought both sides made up already, like i saw this interview, PNOY spoke some mandarin speech and the secretary of the ministry of china spoke tagalog speech and after that this issue come along
• Philippines
27 Jun 12
China and Philippines goes way back, it's sad to see the relationship between these two countries going sour. I don't know what would happen if we give these islands to such a huge country. i feel sad that they are this greedy for getting more oil and resources. while, we ended up importing all the time and rising too many prices here.
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
You're right! We shouldn't assume right away especially if there is not enough evidence or proof. It can only lead to even bigger conflict so it's best to avoid starting such issues in the first place. They were not sure if those were really from China and so they shouldn't make such assumptions which can lead to accusations.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
It does, one must have concrete evidence.
@chriskoh (16)
• Philippines
26 Jun 12
The Philippine Coast Guard said that it might be a Hong Kong bound ship that rammed the Filipino Fisherman. The Filipino fisherman said that there is poor visibility in the area that is why they could have been rammed by the ship. The only marks on the ship that made them believe that it is a chinese ship are the chinese styled letters. But then again, those kind of letters are also similar to Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean spelling. So it could be a wide guessing game. I still think that China is bullying the Philippines since they outright denied the allegations when they should investigate first. Remember this is the same area in Bajo de Masinloc or Panatag Shoal where there is a lot of ship escalations here. I am sure the United States of America would come to defend the Philippines because we have a Mutual Defense Treaty with them which means that they come to protect us if we are attacked. Right now we have purchased Korean made T-50s fighter trainer planes. We would also be getting the 2nd Coast Guard cutter frigate from the US. We are also being help to install our radar facility in Palawan so we can monitor what is happening in the Spratlys. Japan and Korea are also helping us upgrade our military defense capabilities.