Thus will we defy the Chinese imperialists with an original gesture that owes nothing to the American imperialists’ repudiation of the French imperialists.
To express our national unity and sovereignty, even as the Philippines proudly rattles its wee little saber over the (South China/West Philippine/Eastern/Southeast Asia) Sea, we must repudiate all nomenclature that reeks of foreign hegemony.
Take Pancit Canton, named after a province of China. Because it has become Filipino in character, we should rename it Freedom Noodles or Pancit Kalayaan. Thus will we defy the Chinese imperialists with an original gesture that owes nothing to the American imperialists’ repudiation of the French imperialists.
And Pancit Shanghai should be renamed Pancit de Masinloc. Viva las Islas Filipinas!
*But, kidding aside, we support the call of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines for a rules-based approach to the disputes in the ASEAN Sea; for the institutionalization of the rule of law, applying universal conventions (like UNCLOS and the Charter) and customary norms (particularly on friendly relations among states and the renunciation of war), will help ensure the peaceful resolution of disputes in the western Pacific littoral. We also advocate the establishment of a binding rule of conduct over title-owners and claimants, and the adoption of a multilateral approach based on the sovereign equality of states; and we oppose the attempt of any state to establish or re-establish any form of hegemony in the region.