Why scrapping the VFA is right

Why scrapping the VFA is right

The VFA is among the vestiges of one-sided deals entered into by the Philippines with the United States, remnants of a master-colony relationship, like the 1946 Bell Trade Act, the 1947 Military Bases Agreement and 1955 Laurel-Langley trade agreement. By Manny Mogato

This is hardball

This is hardball

The stability of our security ties with the world’s lone superpower will now depend on whether there is a US visa on Senator Bato’s passport.  Our highest national security interests would have become hostage to Bato’s ability to travel to the US. I cannot imagine a worse trivialization of government.

Will DU30 risk it?

Will DU30 risk it?

Mao Zedong ruled China from the time the Communist party took over until he died in 1976 at  82 without ever setting foot on the USA or on any foreign soil. Rodrigo Roa Duterte has been in office since 2016 and has become the most frequently and widely traveled Filipino president in history. In three years, he has visited China more often and more frequently than any other  head of state. But he has not once attempted to visit the United States.