Flon Faurillo /
What Price ‘Friendship’?
The supposed “special
relations” between the U.S. and the Philippines are in question amid the
ongoing testimony by “Nicole” on her rape in Subic, Zambales last November
by U.S. Marines. Her fight is an uphill battle as she faces formidable
legal and political challenges arising from the lopsided relations between
the two countries. The iniquitous relations between the two countries are
further exacerbated by a Philippine government that would not exert even
the minimum effort in asserting sovereignty, and oftentimes appears like a
mouthpiece for the other side. In many ways then, the plight of “Nicole”
mirrors the real score in the oft-bandied RP-U.S. “special relations.”
Salungguhit literally means to
underline; figuratively, to
underscore or highlight.
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