What if the Philippine Military Didn’t Exist?
A country is defined by many things – its people, its culture, geographical borders and natural resources, but what would our country be without its military?
“We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.’” – Allen West.
Today, the Republic of the Philippines stands strong, having good ties with many countries including strong nations like the United States of America.
According to a global review of military forces, the country ranks 40th in the world (See: GlobalFirePower.com), ranking 6th strongest military in South East Asia, after Malaysia. The Philippine Military has around 220,000 active frontline personnel and 430,000 in reserve.
So, what if, all of a sudden, it disappeared?
A Nation Divided
Without a military to protect us, we would not stay united for long. It is most likely that we would be easily colonized by surrounding countries like China and Japan, and stronger nations such as the United States, and since we will not be a threat to any invaders.
Because of its geographical position, the country holds fairly well economically. So why wouldn’t we be targeted by larger nations for trade and natural resource, to add to that?
The Republic of Minerva fell after Congo recovered the disputed land. They didn’t have the military means to fight back. Thus, without our military, we can only imagine what will become of the Philippines. Our nation may inevitably become disputed territory itself.
At present, there are only 23 nations without an active military. Unlike these 23 nations, the Philippines cannot afford to lose its own.
Collapse from Within
According to Global Fire Power Staff Writer, “With a growing economy and lack of bordering neighbors, the main threat to the Philippines comes from within.” I quite agree. A lack of military force to sustain government may result in an uprising within its own people.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines, together with the Philippine National Police, are peacekeepers of this nation. Russel Neglia says, “No nation can call itself great without an efficient military.” (See: Why A Nation’s Military Is So Important) So whether from within the country or in the international playing field, we civilians have a lot to be thankful for.
Showing our Appreciation
Our land, water and sky is kept safe by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) whose lives are dedicated to protecting us, just like those from the Special Action Force (SAF) who were part of the Mamasapano Expedition in January 2015 where 44 brave men died.
The day of the encounter, our country suffered a great loss and we sympathized deeply with the families they left behind. In March, to commemorate these valiant men, UNTV: Your Public Service Channel launched the “Songs For Heroes Concert,” a project initiated by Bro. Eli Soriano of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) and Mr. Public Service Daniel Razon in coordination with the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines, which was held at the Araneta Coliseum in March.
“…Let us be like our Gallant 44 heroes who have died for the sake peace.”
– Bro. Eli Soriano, Songs of Heroes Concert, March 2015
Over 6 Million in pesos was raised for the benefit of the bereaved families, but it doesn’t end there.
Another benefit concert is promised and coming to fruition soon, proving time and again the Public Service advocacy of UNTV. Together, let us look forward to and support “Songs For Heroes 2” which is aimed at assisting members of the SAF who were injured during the Mamasapano Maguindanao encounter.
To know more about Songs For Heroes Benefit Concert, read the following articles:
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