Looking at all these, one can surmise the rise of probable national security risk should a militarily powerful country deemed as enemy by the US opt to make a preemptive attack on the US facilities inside Philippine bases (a prospect which President Duterte has said he dreads). And with American soldiers practically being present year-round, the old social ills entailed by their previous presence, such as the prostituting of women near the bases, are likely to worsen.
Tags: West Philippine Sea
Sa kanyang 2016 kampanya para presidente, dramatikong sinabi ni Duterte na magje-jet ski daw siya sa Spratley at itatanim sa mga islang inagaw sa atin doon ng China ang bandila ng Pilipinas. Noong nanalo na siya, baligtad ang ginawa at naging personal siyang malapit sa China at mayabang na nagdeklara ng “independent foreign policy” mula sa Amerika.
President Rodrigo Duterte may have delivered the longest State of the Nation Address yet, but it was empty – particularly on how he would deal with what appears to be continuing maritime aggression by China in the West Philippine Sea.
And so as not to confuse their patriotism, the cry of “PILIPINAS” is heard loud and clear. The last line reads “di na magpapaawat, iwawagayway na ang watawat,” and the song finally rests on a relic of the Murillo-Velarde map that is a testament to the country’s ownership of the West Philippine Sea.
By DEE AYROSO
By DEE AYROSO
Former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio said that Filipinos deserve and should demand a president who puts Filipinos first and foremost and who’s willing to defend the Philippine sovereignty.
“With government pronouncements that the influx of 100 new projects would generate P21 billion ($433 million) worth of revenue, it is estimated that this will cost around P210 billion ($4.3 billion) worth of minerals that will be shipped offshore instead of circulated in the domestic economy.”
“It would be best for the Philippine government to assert its sovereignty on the West Philippine Sea without playing one superpower against the other. If this competition for dominance escalate, we will surely be crushed in the middle of it all.”
Filipino progressives marked today’s commemoration of the Day of Valor with a firm stand against the increasing Chinese militia presence in the country’s territory in the disputed waters of the West Philippine Sea.
“[The CPP] calls on all forces, from the mass-based democratic forces to the conservative political oppositions as well as elements within the ruling regime and in the military and police forces, to exert all effort to assert the country’s sovereign rights and drive away the Chinese imperialist aggressors,” it said.