By: Elena Grace Flores
Mariel Ipan is the daughter of a police officer and a cosmetic dealer. She is a member of the “Kalayaan Atin Ito” league – and their mission is to show to the rest of the Filipinos that they too can fight on their own against any form of invasion by other foreign countries. They should defend their rights and sovereignty over Panatag or Scarborough Shoal now claimed by China but still under the ruling of the U.N. International Tribunal Court of the Hague.
Mariel showed her enourmous patriotism when the Chinese Coast Guard shood them away and fired water cannon to disperse them. Her eyes were already burning and her legs were tired from swimming but she did not lose hope. As her other team mates were losing hope, she asked a friend swimming nearby to elevate her so that the flag that she was waving will be visible to the rest of the team still at the wooden boat – and they won’t give up in making a stand on their claim that the area indeed belongs to the Philippines.
She was also narrowly missed by the Chinese Coast Guard ship’s propeller but instead of getting scared, it did crossed her mind to better die for the sake of the country rather than stay alive and can’t or won’t do anything to defend own territory. She is indeed real and a brave Filipino girl at that. Pnoy should be ashamed of himself over Lahad Datu in Sabah incident.