Wag puro yabang! San Beda’s College of Law dean advised Duterte over US and China issues
San Beda College of Law dean Fr. Ranhilio Aquino said that President Rodrigo Duterte should not be too cocky to declare that the Philippines can survive without the United States.
In Aquino's column in "The Standard", he said that it is better for Duterte to stick with a long-time ally over one whose motives and commitment have not yet to be proven referring to China.
“You do not shrug off American hegemony by taking on another one, and if you are to choose partners, it still is the wiser thing to do to go with one who has spent some time with you rather than with one with whom you have had nothing more than the political equivalent of a one-night stand,” he said.
“If the President means that, for now, we will not demand of China its compliance with the dispositions of the judgment, that is a matter of strategy and policy that the Constitution entrusts to the navigating skills of the President. But if he means to renounce the claims of the Republic of the Philippines, that is quite another matter—and something that no president really has the authority to do,” he added.
Aquino is also worried about Duterte's declaration that the Philippines can survive without US assitance after an Amercian aid agency removed their aid over human rights concerns.
“About that, I really would like to read statistics: How much do we receive? How much can be made up for with our own resources? How much is forthcoming from other friends (or opportunists)? I have not seen these figures and in international relations; ill-informed conceits can be very dangerous!” he said.
Wag puro yabang! San Beda’s College of Law dean advised Duterte over US and China issues Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on December 20, 2016 Rating: