“The paramount goal of war is victory; the length of the campaign
is irrelevant.”: sanctions against the Philippines must be tough
“If this is tolerable, what would be intolerable?” On the hostage-taking incident, the government of the Philippines has been playing endless tricks. A few days ago, the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying issued a categorical ultimatum: if no results were forthcoming within one month, the Hong Kong government would take sanction against the Philippines.
All Hong Kong people are angry at the Filipino government because of the hostage tragedy in Manila. A sanction on the country will be supported by most of our people. In the past 3 years, the Filipino administration has never had the sincerity in solving the problem. The mayor of Manila might have sent a representative to Hong Kong earlier to discuss the matter, yet innumerable tricks were still played. He disparately disclosed the content of the meeting, released the wrong information that the injured victims and the families of the dead had already forgiven the Philippines, and blamed Hong Kong people’s lives were supposedly worth more money than those of the Filipinos. The Hong Kong government is inviting humiliation by not being tough. Hong Kong people are not reluctant to resolve the hostage incident through negotiation. The issue at hand is that the Filipino government’s excessive intimidation tactics reflect its blatant disregard of us. It is just like casting pearls before swine if the Hong Kong government continues to waste time on the negotiation table. Only by imposing sanctions can the Philippines be compelled to admit its mistakes.
Some think that the sanctions can start with the ones with less severe consequence for Hong Kong, such as a temporary suspension of granting tourist visa. If the Philippines still does not make concession, the Hong Kong government can consider taking stronger actions. In fact, Hong Kong has already raised the Outbound Travel Alert for the Philippines to Black for 3 years, but the Filipino government has never wavered, proving that they just could not care less about these mild measures. As stated in the Art of War, “The paramount goal of war is victory; the length of the campaign is irrelevant.” The same applies to economic sanctions. We urge the Hong Kong government to be determined enough to see things through to the end. The sanctions have to include the temporary suspension of importing Filipino domestic helpers. Only by doing so will the Philippines be hit in the Achilles’ heel.
blatant disregard of 不放在眼內
cast pearls before swine 對牛彈琴
Achilles’ heel 痛處， 要害