DLSU Prof criticizes political analyst Heydarian - 'The West has been generous to him that's why he feels the need to defend the EU and US'
Political analyst Richard Heydarian explained that President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to refuse European Union (EU) grant might “preempt” the EU to impose trade sanctions on the Philippines that could adversely affect its economy.
DLSU Professor Van Ybiernas, on the other hand, perceives Heydarian’s comprising statements as a reflection of his interests “as an expert and scholar who is constantly in need of research and travel”.
Heydarian surmises that the EU might remove the preferential trading agreement with the Philippines which has allowed the country to export to EU with zero tariff.
“Sinasabi ng government ang issue dito ay soberentiya, non-interference in our internal affairs. Eh ang hinihingi naman ng EU dito ay siguro dialogue man lang. 'Yung ating pagbukas sa international investigation. I don't think it's a total interference in our national affairs," Heydarian suggested.
In Ybiernas’ view, these are all Heydarian’s ploy to reduce “adverse publicity” of the West in the Philippines, which may serve to favor the analyst.
“The West has been generous to him that's why he feels the need to defend the EU and the United States against adverse publicity here in the Philippines. Unawain nyo na lang,” Ybiernas said.
In his post, Ybiernas further explained that the government’s relinquishment of the grant gives out an assertive political message that the Philippines does not want “external forces” to meddle with “domestic affairs”.
While the current state of the country needs all the aids and grants it can receive, Ybiernas said that the absolute measure of whether the decision was a “wise move” will have to come after some time.
However, he expressed concern over the outright rejection of the aid.
He furthers that while the Philippines has indeed sent a “message” to the EU, it will not impede the international body from criticizing and possibly blackmailing the Philippines.
In his full post on Facebook, Ybiernas said,
I don't exist to contradict everything that Heydarian says. So please ease up on sending me screen shots of Heydarian's social media posts or media articles. hahahaha
May pinanggagalingan yan at may mga interests yan as an expert and scholar who is constantly in need of research and travel ---maybe even sartorial and grooming--- funding kaya yan ganyan.
The West has been generous to him that's why he feels the need to defend the EU and the United States against adverse publicity here in the Philippines. Unawain nyo na lang.
Now, I'm sure the reason why our government rejected the EU grants is political: to send a message that our government is not a mendicant and that the outside world needs to treat it with respect, and not chastise our government for every single domestic political action it undertakes.
Sayang ba ito? Of course. Grants are grants. But, like I said, the government is sending a message. the West cannot blackmail us with grants, aid, etc.
Is this a wise move? Well, time will tell. When Brooklyn gave Boston those draft picks in exchange for KG and Pierce, was it a bad move? You couldn't say when the move was actually made. The evaluation came a few years later. When the Spurs gave up George Hill (now a borderline all-star with Utah) for rookie Kawhi Leonard, was it a marvelous move at that point? Again, the evaluation came a few years later.
Right now, our government wants to stop the meddling of external forces in our domestic affairs, and the price tag is 250 million euros.
I think the message NEEDED to be sent. It's the 250 million euros that makes me think if the price tag is a little bit steep because the EU isn't going to stop criticizing ---or trying to blackmail--- the country, especially not now.
So my question is: will this act win the country its independence from EU interference or not? Chances are it will not.
It's one thing when the US decided not to give us the Millennium Challenge Corporation grant. But it's quite another for us to tell the EU not to give us the grant. I hope the distinction is clear.
If they withdraw, then we say: so what? we can survive without you. But it's different when we tell them to shove their money up their ass. We should have waited for the EU to withdraw their grant and play the we-will-not-be-blackmailed-by-money card as opposed to taking the shove-your-money-up-your-ass position. Again, I hope the distinction is clear.
Bottomline, I agree that we should not be blackmailed by money. But we should have waited for them to withdraw instead of being proactive and shit, telling them we won't accept their money.
In both cases, it's about pride.
And it's about money.
And it's about optics."
DLSU Prof criticizes political analyst Heydarian - 'The West has been generous to him that's why he feels the need to defend the EU and US' Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on May 19, 2017 Rating: