Advocacies Cannot Be Dictated…they may only be emulated or copied

Advocacies Cannot Be Dictated

…they may be only emulated or copied

By Apolinario Villalobos


The mistake of some people is that they tend to dictate their advocacies to others, expecting friends to whom they force-feed such to become like them in an instant. What is worse is that if friends just shrug their shoulders or smile with sarcasm, they would feel bad. A person who is sincere in practicing his advocacy is supposed to have only the beneficiaries as the foremost reason for his action, aside from himself who also desires some kind of satisfaction. He should not expect others to imitate him. One should not feel great or “heroic” just because he has helped others. If ever, the manifestations of his action should only serve as signals that others would hopefully receive and will incite them to do the same.


If one’s advocacy for example is to scrimp on many things in life, he should not expect others to do the same because they may have a different lifestyle which makes them spend for as long their purse can afford it. If one is fond of attending seminars to gain knowledge on small-scale business ventures for extra income, he should not force his friends to do the same as they may not really have the time for them, being too sickly. If one loves plants and animals, they should just let their friends see the resulting joy in having them, instead of giving them cuttings, seeds, pups, or kittens….unless, of course, they would ask for them.


If one is fond of helping others, he should not be noisy about it. If they will, however, take notice, he should not elaborate because in all probabilities, many of them will never or refuse to understand his objective. In the first place, the act of giving food, extra money, or befriending the unfortunate need no elaboration why such are being done. Those are simple acts that even a child can understand as feeding the hungry and just being friendly. He should not also tell others to do the same, because they may already be doing “similar” acts which are not necessarily doling out food or money.


Compassion as an advocacy can be expressed in so many ways, the simplest direct way being sincerely smiling at others, not badmouthing them, understanding their situation or indirectly, by praying for them. The act should be sincere enough to be felt by others who perceive it…that in the long run, will hopefully result to its being virally emulated or copied.

The Global Furor Over the Chinese Activities in West Philippine Sea is Too Late in Coming…a hollow and hypocritical sympathy and concern

The Global Furor Over the Chinese Activities
In West Philippine Sea is Too Late in Coming
…a hollow and hypocritical sympathy and concern
By Apolinario Villalobos

The latest furor supposedly of the international community over the reclamations being made by the Chinese in West Philippines Sea is a gross show of man’s hypocrisy…late in coming, yet. The issue has been played up in practically all available medium of information – print, broadcast, internet…for years! Such belated reaction is a hollow sympathy and concern from “fellowmen” of Asians affected by the exploitation of the Chinese. The United Nations sat on the complaint filed by the Philippines despite the glaring basis that are all spelled out in the UN provisions. The closest ally of the Filipinos, the big white brothers – Americans, did not raise even an eyebrow when the Chinese practically disregarded the UN’s territorial demarcation lines, and came up with their own map to show the world that the West Philippine Sea is theirs.

Was the United Nations told by China to hold in abeyance its decision on the complaint of the Philippines until their reclamation activities and structures are beyond the possibility of demolition, necessitating then, a compromise as the only solution?

World powers are wary just now because the conduct of their trade through the mentioned passage will be affected, but they did not say a word then, even when all indications of the reclamation activities point to the building of a military base. Not even a simple statement from UN was issued against China when it prohibited fishermen from claimant countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam from fishing in the disputed area, even as the situation got serious with the Chinese’s humiliation of the poor fishermen by spraying them with water and bumping their fragile vessels….a clear violation of human rights!

The United Nations seems to be powerless against the bullying of China. It is understandable, perhaps, because, the world’s economy is dependent on China in many ways. The world is practically being held hostage by China. Even the so-called “enemies” of China are consumers of Chinese products. So, what can the international community do? Impose sanction? How can it be possible as the big slice of the international community has standing financial accountability with China?

When China arrogantly expressed that it does not favor mediation as regards the resolution on the issue of the West Philippine Sea, not even a single member of the United Nations reacted. The helplessness of the affected countries was aggravated by the continued activities of the Chinese. The Philippines is the most and immediately affected due to its closeness to the reclaimed island, making the country already technically part of China!

Because the structures on the reclaimed island are almost finished, it is doubtful if the Chinese can still be driven off, even if the United Nations shall decide in favor of the Philippines. The only and most peaceable way to resolve the problem would be a compromise which is what China really wanted ever since, and which is expected to be in its favor. This triumph will give China a dangerous signal that it can do anything in Asia.

From Asia, nothing can prevent the Chinese from encroaching in other parts of the globe that they will claim to have been explored by their trading ancestors. As they are well-equipped, the reclamation that they have done in West Philippine Sea can easily be replicated in other shallow parts of the world’s oceans in their bid to further their expansionism.

Clearly, Sinozation of the world is aggressively progressing without let up! If doubtful about this claim, why not check the packages that you buy from groceries and the tags on the shirts that you pick up from racks of department stores, the fake jewelries and beauty products, utensils, tools etc., most especially, why not check the gadgets as to where they were made?…include in your check the packages of toothpicks and cotton buds, too!

As the prophecy says, the dragon that has awaken from its long slumber will make the world tremble with its grunt and fire….