This October 2010, Yonip.com marks its 10th anniversary in cyberspace. Thanks to the encouragement of many of our almost 5 million readers from all parts of the world, we have weathered hackers, virus attacks and all sorts of challenges to regularly offer to humanity information and analysis that we do not often see in the mainstream media. We hope that we have not reneged on our commitment to offer updated information and documents on the issues of peace and national sovereignty in the Philippines amidst the rampaging forces of imperialist globalization. In the past few years, we have also included photos and videos in our website as pictures and visuals often said to say more ( and are more effective) than words. Many of the photos of this erstwhile forgotten war were mined from the U.S. National Archives, that were a significant part of U.S. Army files which were kept classified for more than eight decades. We have also evolved to include in our pages a culture section and a guest columnist from rural Philippines who offers insights on what it is like to be a Filipina in a complex national and international situation.
To mark Yonip’s 10th anniversary, we are are offering a big treat for our loyal Yonip visitors. If you click towards our culture section, we have collected a huge collection of videos and almost 600 photographs on the Philippine-American War (1899 – 1913). Dubbed wrongly as “the Philippine Insurrection” by U.S. interventionists, this era actually marks America’s “first Vietnam”, or the “original Iraq”. Historians have written that in the whole course of this war which in fact was the invasion and occupation of the Philippines, the U.S. had to use and send 126, 468 combat troops to the Philippines, and spent $600 million for the conduct of the war whose aim was to destroy the newly-established Philippine Republic and its constitutional sovereign government under President Emilio Aguinaldo. 4,234 American troops died in the Philippine-American War, in the course of crushing a people’s war waged by the Philippine Republic, its government and the Army of the First Philippine Republic, and people. An estimated 600,000 Filipino soldiers and civilians – then one sixth of the Philippine population –were killed or died in so-called re-concentration camps, similar to the “strategic hamlets” that were later to be employed in the Vietnam War.
During its 10 years of cyberspace existence, Yonip.com has weathered so many challenges, most especially coming from hackers and saboteurs who do not want to see alternative views. We tolerate and respect the views of others who may disagree with us, but we also expect others to respect and tolerate our views. We would not have gone this far if not for the commitment of our webmaster who has ably used his expertise to defend Yonip.com from state and non-state saboteurs.
Finally, let us reaffirm Yonip’s commitment to its readers and visitors, most especially to advocates who are dedicated to peace with justice, national sovereignty and self-determination, human dignity and compassion. May our pages bring more power and solidarity to the people of this planet.
* Article by Roland G Simbulan – For a full professional background of Professor Roland G. Simbulan (Click Here)