This “battle” is being waged in the seas and in the disputed territories — by our hapless Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Philippine fisherfolk and their communities — with support from movements for national sovereignty, basic sectors, academicians and professionals upholding UNCLOS and customary international law. It may be grey but it is raging. When you begin to understand this, you begin to see whether inland U.S. nuclear bases in Palawan should be the priority. What are the most immediately threatening maneuvers and encroachments that should be addressed? And who should have control over Philippine defense strategy?