Today, we Filipinos are being influenced to confront our fears in the face of the surprising Chinese claim and resulting moves to apply that claim. We know we are no match against China's military. But it is extremely galling to be victimized by size and superior force when we simply want to keep what is ours and wish no harm to anyone. The peaceful resolution of an issue is the wish of the Filipino people. China is a superpower with a military might second to none; the Philippines is a country struggling to rise above third world status. Why would we want war? A fear or distaste of violence will not be enough, however, to prevent it if another party decides to bully us. Even a rat, when cornered, will fight back. China's claim over the Scarborough Shoal is ridiculously unfair and is an unmitigated act of bullying by a shark over a sardine. We will not idly stand by if a part of our territory and the value of our sovereignty are being trampled on.
"If someone entered your yard and told you he owned it, would you agree? Would it be right to give away that which is rightfully ours?
And so I ask for solidarity from our people regarding this issue. Let us speak with one voice. Help me relay to the other side the logic of our stand. I do not think it is excessive to ask that our rights be respected, just as we respect their rights as a fellow nation in a world that we share." - President Benigno S. Aquino III, State of the Nation Address, July 23, 2012
"I am a Filipino born of freedom and I shall not rest until freedom shall have been added unto my inheritance - for myself and my children's children - forever."
"I am sprung from a hardy race - child of many generations removed of ancient Malayan pioneers. Across the centuries, the memory comes rushing back to me: of brown-skinned men putting out to sea in ships that were as frail as their hearts were stout. Over the sea I see them come, borne upon the billowing wave and the whistling wind, carried upon the mighty swell of hope- hope in the free abundance of new land that was to be their home and their children's forever.
This is the land they sought and found. Every inch of shore that their eyes first set upon, every hill and mountain that beckoned to them with a green and purple invitation, every mile of rolling plain that their view encompassed, every river and lake that promise a plentiful living and the fruitfulness of commerce, is a hollowed spot to me.
By the strength of their hearts and hands, by every right of law, human and divine, this land and all the appurtenances thereof - the black and fertile soil, the seas and lakes and rivers teeming with fish, the forests with their inexhaustible wealth in wild life and timber, the mountains with their bowels swollen with minerals - the whole of this rich and happy land has been, for centuries without number, the land of my fathers. This land I received in trust from them and in trust will pass it to my children, and so on until the world no more." (Taken from I am a Filipino by General Carlos Peña Romulo