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IN the past weeks, the truculent-to-China Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the media have managed to again pry out of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s mouth statements that confirmed that like his generals and his defense secretary, he is in deep delusion over the status of Bajo de Masinloc, internationally known as Scarborough Shoal.
In a chance interview with reporters at the airport before he left for Australia, Marcos said that the reported presence of Chinese warships and a helicopter near Bajo de Masinloc was “worrisome,” but the Philippines would continue to defend its maritime territory. Of all the more important topics involving Australia-Philippine relations, Marcos in a speech before the Australian parliament chose to highlight his paranoia over China: “I will not allow any attempt by any foreign power to take even one square inch of our sovereign territory.”
Let me first be clear on what I mean by delusion. It is, as the standard dictionary says, “a false belief or judgment about external reality, held despite incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.” The dictionary even adds that the worst type of delusion is that when it is a symptom of serious mental disorder, when a person in delusion experiences “hallucinations, delusions, anxiety and agitation along with dizziness and nausea.”
Marcos’ statements that I quote above refer to Bajo de Masinloc as the Philippine sovereign territory he promises to defend. He refers to it as being the target of a “foreign power” to take, although he would not allow it to take even one square inch [of it].
These statements point to Marcos’ delusion, his belief “despite incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.” Bajo de Masinloc is de facto no longer our maritime territory. China – the “foreign power” referred to — can no longer take it, since President Benigno Aquino 3rd had already lost it to the superpower in 2012 because the US duped him.(more…)