If 92% of Filipinos ‘like’ the US, who will follow DU30?

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FRANCISCO S. TATAD

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

The American geopolitical analyst Robert D. Kaplan calls it Asia’s “cauldron.” Nations sitting within and around this cauldron have a duty to keep it from boiling. Cooperation, not belligerence or confrontation, should inform their relations with each other, given their competing national interests and territorial claims. Allies of the United States, China’s neighbors from the very beginning, know that their alliance rests on the US as the dominant Pacific and world military power; they should not undermine it, as the late Bavarian statesman Franz Josef Strauss (1915-88) used to say; neither should they seek to maintain it by taking an unduly aggressive stance against China as the secondary power. This is the specific case of the Philippines.

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We renounce war as a matter of policy, and have no reason to go to war against any nation. Not even against the Federation of Malaysia, which incorporated Sabah into its federation, years after the Sultan of Sulu had ceded the territory to the Republic of the Philippines before the federation came into being. Yet in the last six years, President B.S. Aquino 3rd and his Foreign Secretary acted like they were ready to go to war everytime they spoke to, or about, Beijing. They made the proud boast, to the apparent embarrassment and discomfort of the US, that they would like the Philippines to become the “frontline state” in containing China’s rise to power.

Now, President Rodrigo Duterte would like to reverse the situation by publicly cursing US President Obama, recycling archival documents on the massacre of Muslim Filipinos in 1906 after the 1899-1902 Philippine-American war, and announcing plans to purchase military weapons from Beijing and Moscow. His professed quest for an “independent foreign policy,” in an interdependent world, is quixotic but not condemnable. It is part of every nation’s right to self-determination and mandated by the Constitution.

Can we keep the cauldron from boiling?

But can it be attained, or even attempted, without disturbing the existing balance of power, with all its intended and unintended consequences, foreseen and unforeseen? Will any attempt to disrupt the geostrategic political order keep the cauldron from boiling? We hope and pray it will, but does DU30 have the skills or the means to prevent the worst from happening? There is no sign that such skills and means are in place, or that he is fully aware he needs them. Since noonday of June 30, DU30 has been shooting from the hip—from the “lip,” says the London-based The Economist—without any discernible policy or program.

Thus, even the South China Morning Post has the courage to say that DU30’s foreign policy is “naive” and that his war on drugs has failed to hide his lack of competence in addressing the country’s crippling poverty. He cannot have an ambitious foreign policy without a basic understanding of diplomacy. Making sure that the South China Sea cauldron does not heat up should be a paramount objective. But it is not a game for amateurs.

The need for seasoned diplomats
It would be too ambitious to think of having a Pope Leo I, who persuaded Attila the Hun not to invade and sack Rome; a Talleyrand, who prevented the annihilation of France after the defeat of Napoleon; a Bismarck,who unified most of the German states into a powerful German empire; a Metternich, who signed the Treaty of Fontainebleau that sent Napoleon to exile and led the Austrian delegation at the Congress of Vienna that divided post-Napoleonic Europe among the major powers; a Benjamin Franklin, who convinced the French to join the American rebels against the British; a Baron Rio Bravo, who gained so much territory for Brazil from France and Argentina through his sheer negotiating skill; or even a Henry Kissinger, who negotiated the end of the Vietnam war.

But the government must at least have the basic skills. Unfortunately, all DU30 has is his own mouth, which he says is both his weakness and his strength. He’s also got a completely uninitiated Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., whose most eloquent discourse with the State Department and his CSIS audience in Washington, D.C. recently was that the Philippines was no longer an American vassal state, the Filipinos were no longer William Howard Taft’s “little brown brothers,” and that no one should lecture his government on human rights. What vulgarity! No wonder The Economist (Sept. 10-16, 2016 issue) could not avoid running an article on DU30’s diplomatic gaffes, featuring his famous cursing of Obama, Pope Francis, the government of Singapore, the United Nations, and unnamed journalists who were getting themselves killed “for being sons of bitches.”

Criticisms from the West
To be sure, some Westerners have a peculiar addiction to lecturing others on human rights, even when they themselves violate even more fundamental rights. This is how the world of realpolitik behaves. In fact, United Nations bureaucrats tend to manufacture all sorts of “human rights,” particularly for women, in their effort to press the war against the unborn, whose right to life they wish to deny. But these critics are best answered by exposing their accusations as unfounded, false and invalid, without having to call them names.

I have some personal experience in this. In the mid-‘90s, when I was still in Senate, European politicians were quite agitated at Asia’s cold response to their complaints about alleged human rights abuses. These included unregulated childbearing, pollution and environmental degradation, etc. I was traveling with an Asean parliamentary delegation to the European Parliament, headed by the Speaker of the House from Thailand, with parliamentarians from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam as members.

An encounter in Strasbourg and Bonn
In Strasbourg, France, the doctor-son of a former President of France, who was a Member of the European Parliament, welcomed me to his table with an unusual greeting, “So you are from the Philippines, where you have 60 million people and you still have large families.” I took my seat and gently corrected him. “I’m sorry, Doctor,” I said, “we are not 60 million but more than 70 million. But we no longer have large families. I am one of the few who have (at that time) five children.” (This number has grown to seven.)

He obviously did not expect this direct response. So he said, “That’s all right, I also have five children.” (A check with Wikipedia later showed he only had three.)

Then I continued. “You know, Doctor, before I left for Europe, I tried to brush up on my French so I could at least order my cafe noir at a bistro at Rive Gauche in French. But then I was told by a friend that in Paris today, you couldn’t get a decent cup of coffee unless you spoke Arabic.”

That hit the solar plexus. “C’est vrai, c’est vrai,” (it’s true, it’s true), he said. “The Arabs are everywhere, but many of them don’t care to speak French.”

“So the problem is yours rather than mine,” I said. “In my country, we still produce Filipinos, in your country, you only produce migrants.” He suddenly became the soul of friendliness. He asked me where I would be staying in Paris, and when I said playfully “at the Ritz,” he said next time I was in town, I should call him in advance so he could arrange for my billet, next to his apartment, which was the best address in Paris.

Double standards on human rights?
When our delegation reached Bonn, we were received by powerful-looking German parliamentarians who accused Asians of having double standards on human rights, and blamed us for environmental degradation and the loss of our forests. Neither our non-English-speaking chairman nor any member of the delegation wanted to respond, so I asked for leave to speak for the group.

I thanked our hosts for their warm welcome, and expressed our appreciation for the beauty of their forests, and the great rivers that ran through their cities—the Thames in London, the Seine in Paris, the Rhine from the Swiss Alps to Cologne, Bonn and other German cities, the Danube in Vienna, Budapest, etc. I said we would like to replicate what they had done, as soon as we had the resources. But I disabused them of any belief that in Asia we had double standards on human rights.

“We do not have any double-standards,” I said. “In fact, we sometimes wonder whether such double standards are not to be found in the richer countries. For instance, you accuse some African tribes of practicing ‘genital mutilation,’ which is a tribal custom, while you freely legislate ‘fetal mutilation’ of the unborn.”

The phrase “fetal mutilation” dropped like a bomb, and transformed our arrogant hosts into the most welcoming and solicitous crowd. They suddenly wanted to know how they could make our visit more productive and enjoyable.

What DU30 can and should do
Since DU30 has been accused of ordering the killing of 3,000 drug suspects as of the latest count, without any visible due process, he should show his accusers that their accusations have no basis whatsoever. He has to show them they are completely wrong, not that they are as bad as, if not worse than, the man they are accusing. Calling Obama “son of a whore,” saying “f***k you” to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and giving the “middle finger” to the European Union will simply pull DU30 down the gutter, without helping anyone to see the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the killings.

He cannot bank on his alleged popularity. That is at best a bubble. Although DU30 had won 38 percent of all the votes last May, this was a full 13 percent short of the simple majority vote of 51 percent needed to make a majority President. He is a minority President. And although the usual propaganda fraudsters had tried to con him and the nation into believing that he has a 91 percent “trust rating,” there is no guarantee the people will follow him when he turns against the US because the colonial troops had massacred Filipino Muslims in Mindanao in 1906.

More Filipinos than Israelis like the US
According to a 2014 survey by the highly respected Pew Research Center, a non-partisan, non-advocacy US think tank, 92 percent of Filipinos support friendly ties with the US, as against 84 percent of the Israelis, 66 percent of the Japanese, and 50 percent of the Chinese. This is probably because most Filipinos, regardless of their partisan politics, consider the US their “cultural homeland,” where 2 to 3 million of their countrymen now work and live.

Likewise, were DU30 to turn his wrath openly against China, because of our territorial dispute, or for any reason whatsoever, our people may not be able to follow his lead. This is because they have lived and worked with the Chinese and Chinese Filipinos for hundreds of years. Even without its One Belt, One Road project, Chinese Filipinos are already in control of virtually all major sectors of the nation’s economy and even some important levers of political power.

Forging a common destiny
DU30 is wrong, as Aquino was wrong, to try to play the US against China and expect the people to follow their lead. It appears that, regardless of the geopolitical games our politicians play, our people are more pragmatic and sensible than their leaders—they dream of peace and progress, and would like to see a healthy power balance rather than war or conflict between China and the US in the Asia Pacific. And they would like to see DU30 play a more constructive role in making sure that our biggest neighbor by the accident of geography and our strongest ally by historical necessity work together to forge a common human destiny.

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  1. Why not .ask if the Country is Sick Then if so, what kind of Doctor are you hiring? How will you manage all these graduates (Engineers, Accountants, Nurses, Teachers,Lawyers, Technicians, Doctors, etc). How you will manage the land resources? How will you manage the Productivity of the land? How will you manage the wealth? How you will manage the interactions with the rest of the world? How many questions are there to ask?

  2. Tatad is getting plenty of flak from his critics calling him a traitor for his opinions of the president. The problem here is his detractors are ignorant of history, geopolitics, economics and plain common sense. Time will tell and Tatad will be vindicated when his concerns about the president come true. The president works for the people and seek their general welfare. A tyrant would not listen to the voice of the people and would do things without consulting for majority decision. Instead of solving problems, the president’s attitude maybe creating problems instead.

  3. One can easily identify a career traitor and a “Filipino” with a serious decease of colonial mentality by the way they think and acts as Tatad would write. He would quote his favorite western leaders most of them are tyrants and their propaganda institutions to argue his logic, trying to impress his readers of his “intellectualism” only to exposed himself of his rabid treasonous mindset and character and colonial mentality which is at best defeatist and bankrupt. He would omit quoting many of our anti-colonial revolutionaries, precisely because nothing in the way they think and live represents his mindset. He would even derogates their memories “since they existed long ago and deserves to be forgotten” in the name of “moving on”. True leaders in this country will always fail for as long as traitors like Tatad, and the yellows, a reincarnation of the likes of Pedro Paterno and Felipe Buencamino et al, the antithesis of the Filipino struggle for Philippine Independence against the US Imperialism, continue to exist in our midst and continue to poison the Filipino’s mind . I’m glad Tatad is now rejected by the people whenever he tries to attempt to regain his position as Senator of the Republic. Although his treacherous kind with different faces is so plenty nobody misses him.

  4. then your source is wrong…very funny and wasted your time in writing this column coz nobody believes you anyway. we’ll at least you’re paid by manila times.

  5. 16 Million voters will follow him. Your logic is flawed 92% like the US does not translate to those that will let go of their President.

  6. Let me echo another who made a comment earlier: This is an excellent piece. I hope President Duterte will see the light soon, along with Mr. Yasay. The president must realize that it is not just tough talk and bluster. His vulgarity is not going to advance the country’s interests.In diplomatic circles, he is unrefined, uncivilized and and ignorant of diplomatic niceties.His tirades and vulgar language had worked well when he was a mayor. What he fails to realize is that he now is the president of the country and his words also represent the the Philippines to the world.

    Mr. Yasay as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs is dumb choice. How could anyone with ZERO diplomatic experience represent the country in the international discourse? He is the laughing stock in diplomatic circles. I presume.

    If President Duterte has the best intentions for the country, he should take heed of this article.

    Thank you, Mr Tatad, for writing such an honest assessment of Mr. Duterte and Mr. Yasay’s performance.

    Now, I would like to see a psychiatrist write Duterte;s psychological profile. It might quite interesting.

    • You are absolutely a DU30 hater, always when i read your comments you don’t put any suggesting phrase or words that will be helpful for the Filipino people, it is we see that you want him to be ousted instead of helping what every little thing we can do, don’t focused primarily on nationwide aspect much better on your locality, a broom single stick tied together to others will make a powerful weapon of this country (people) Yes foreign policy belongs only to the dogs … why … because even when you are angry you cannot show it much like a dog smile (ngiting aso) That is the peoples trait in this diplomatic world you are talking … HYPOCRITES (plastic) and Philippine President is not this kind of person … mind you he don’t put his candidacy for President to be mere foreign secretary … he don’t care and he has no business interfering the affairs of other countries …

    • I am sorry to disagree with your comment, although doing it from a tiny country, called Hungary, a member of the EU.

      Let me tell you that Hungarians have just started to admire your president as he blurts out words we would be so glad to use vis-a-vis Obama, Ban-Ki Moon, the Pope, etc, just do not have the opportunity to do it, and our leaders do not dare doing it.

      Why should we respect Obama? Just because he produces waves of migrants coming to Europe by his bombing in foreign countries? Why should we respect Ban-Ki Moon who has blocked an inquiry into Saudi Arabia’s horrible war against the Yemeni people… And I could go on and on.

  7. It is high time that Philippines stand on its own feet. For many centuries, Philippines relied on foreign powers to protect them. We keep doing the same thing but expects a different results. The stance of the President is very different from the previous administrations and I am up for it. What we need is a paradigm shift. Just think about this – is it better to have a brother who is far overseas that may or may not arrive when you need them or is it better to have your neighbour as your friend.

    IMHO, China’s stance on the disputed island is a strategic response to US strategy to Pivot to Asia. I also believe that even if Philippines will have a neutral stance on US-China rivalry and refused to be entangled on their rivalry – Philippines will be a better place – better than US – in 30 years.

    The disputed island is all about the control of the trade in Asia. The current strategy of China is to connect the trade that will go from Australia to the South China See then a rail road from Shanghai/Beijing that will go through or also connect Russia, Turkey and will end in Greece. This will then connect the whole Asian region to Europe. This is called the modern silk road.

    The result of this is that, US will miss out on the economic opportunities in Asia. And the only option for US is to break the silk road by controlling one of the countries in Asia – specifically the Philippines. To maintain US supremacy, US have military bases in Japan, South Korea and I think in Thailand. Also, they now control Ukraine and some areas in Baltic region in the North. Now with regards to the EU, US is working hard to have Greece as part of the EU because that will be an entry point of the Silk road to Europe. Now if you add Philippines, on the bases, US and its NATO allies already surrounded China and Russia. Except, Syria is still an ally of Russia. That is why US is trying its best to change the leadership in Syria. But Russia won’t allow it. In effect, what is happening in Syria is a proxy war.

    With the President’s rhetoric, it now appears that Duterte is an unexpected player that could hold the balance of Power. Who could have thought? It is like a hobbit holding the ring that can rule them all. Currently, I am in favour of an independent foreign policy.

    • Interesting analysis. However I disagree with the location of the modern silk road. Since most good are now shipped via the oceans with U.N. estimating that more than 90 percent of world trade now moves by sea, the modern silk road is the sea. The World Trade Organization putting the value of maritime commerce at more than $8 trillion annually. As such the Alfred Maher’s theory of Naval choke points is more relevant in explaining the “American Pivot”. These choke points are Strait of Gibraltar at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, the Straits of Malacca in South Asia, the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf, the Bab el-Mandab channel connecting the Red Sea to the Arabian Sea, and Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope at the southern extremities of Latin America and Africa, the Panama and Suez Canals. In addition perhaps the most important of these choke points are The Turkish Straits, Gibraltar, Malacca, Bab el-Mandab, Hormuz and Suez which are used to transport a vital commodity for a modern economy, oil. So American and to a great extent, European (with Deep water navies) and Japanese foreign policy emphasizes keeping these points open for global commerce.
      The term “standing on our own two feet” requires our nation to have the requisite Army, Air, Deep and Shallow water navy power to defend our national interest. Historically we have always tended to under invest in defense (1.19% of GNP 91 out 141 nations) in favor of education, health and infrastructure. Do we use our meager resources to fund and expand our armed forces or should we want to continue to use our monies for nation building, health and our children’s education. Past presidential administrations have always chosen the later. I tend to agree with this myself.
      DU30 answer of budding up Russia and China does not sound like an independent foreign policy but more like exchanging one set master for another. Would these new masters be more generous in their terms. Please remember in the last three years alone Russia has already lost a third of it’s GNP due to a combination of sanctions ( result of it’s misadventures in the Crimea) and low oil prices. And for China, yes they are the second biggest economy now, but they are busy staving of an economic downturn by over investing on roads to nowhere and building new and uninhabited cities in an effort to keep their billion or so population pre-occupied and chasing after the elusive economic soft landing. The situation resulted the combined ratio of government, corporate and household debt to gross domestic product is set to climb to 236.5 percent so far in 2016. At this level it is already higher than India’s, Brazil’s and Russia’s. it’s surpassed the level in Japan that preceded that nation’s financial crisis back in the 90’s.(that’s a bubble waiting to pop). Long term their population trend shows they may grow old before they become rich.
      Looking at history, unpopular leaders tend use war to justify and unite the country behind them, such as what we saw with Argentina during the Falkland war. Could we possibly see such a danger as the Communist Party of China try to hold on to power by using the Mao’s 9 dash line as a means to try unite the population behind them and justify their continued hold? If so then we may end up seeing an escalation rather than resolution of the matter. Burning bridges now does not seem like sound foreign policy.
      My main concern is that DU30 domestic agenda is sort of hijacking his international one as he tries to correct one problem by creating an even bigger one. DU30 ending up what Clausewitz calls an “Absolute War” as he reins havoc on the drug problem but ends up neglecting and keeping the other essential parts of the government house in order. We will as a nation end up paying for this mistake long after he leaves office.

  8. mr tatad tanong ko lang po, sa lugar po ba ninyo me mga nag iinuman sa kalye gabi gabe? nag ka karaoke til 1 or 2 am? mga tambay gang sa hating gabe? kc dati po sa amin sa totoo lang bago umupo si duterte,nasanay na kami sa ganyan na buhay,ngayon po wala na halos lahat yan,kahapon po me kasalan,me inuman,ayun pag dating ng hapon 5 pm,tapos napo kasayahan,sir tahimik napo dito sa amin,maliit na barangay sa apalit,sa barangay po ninyo me ganyan din bago umupo si duterte? sana po me sumagot sa tanong ko,salamat

    • Itong inuman at kantahan ay masaya kaya lang nagiging wala sa lugar. Huwag sa kanto kanto o sa kalye. Kawawa naman ang kapitbahay at mga nanahimik na mamayan. Kapag gabi na, ang mga dumaraan ay natatakot. Maganda lamang ito sa mga nagiinuman at nagkakaroake. Ay paano ‘yong walang hilig. Gumawa o magisip ng ikabubuti o ikauunlad.

  9. It is interesting to read your column. I can say there is a light at the end of tunnel as long as there is somebody like you who can be outspoken to correct or comment to any wrong moves by those who are in authority.

  10. This little gangsta will drag the Philippines back to the stone ages.
    The average American is speaking out against support, aid, and even tourism in the Philippines.
    Bet on China and you have no way to win.

  11. The war on poverty has taken a back seat to the war on drugs.

    Noynoy Aquino is to blame for the election of Duterte. Had he not forced Mar Roxas down the throats of the electorate and opted for the more winnable Grace Poe, we would not be in the mess we are in.

    Lousy succession planning.

    I did not vote for Mar. And knowing what I know now about Duterte, I will still not vote for the cold elitist Mar.

    • Not only did Pnoy pushed Mar to run but he spearheaded the destruction of Grace Poes, citizenship issue and residency issue and corruption cases with Binay. Duterte should not have won. Pilipinos know that did guy is a gangster but they do not have any decent choice. I will conclude that Pnoy is the key to Dutertes winning.

    • Grace Poe refused to be endorsed by Noynoy AND Mar as vice president knowing the shenanigans these two are doing to the country behind closed doors. In this regard, I respect her. Leni Robredo on the other hand…knowingly made a pact with the devil. nothing more to say.

  12. I am pretty sure when Jesus Christ comes back on earth, he won’ t be speaking Tagalog| there’ s a big chance that the BIG Jesus Christ will talk in American English :P

  13. The answer is simple. Those of us who may or may not like the US, but who loves the Philippines more. Who else will follow him? Of course, the Amboys, some of whom are now living in the US, have dual citizenship and who are actually traitors – who pledged allegiance and promise to defend a foreign country over the Philippines? Namamangka sa dalawang ilog!

    As for those Americans citizens who are married to Filipina’s, of course they will follow their own country, and at the first sign of trouble will bail out – having no real stake in our future, yet have the temerity to lecture us what to do with ours.

    And you Mr. Tatad, who will you follow?

  14. Nah. only fools will follow american interests. America is decaying. Killings here and there, police brutalities all over. They bomb innocent civilians in afghanistan, iraq, syria, etc. Then they pretend to champion human rights, and talk like they are the moral concience of the world.

  15. I like the way you play in international circles, Senator Kit. When statesmen like you go out to represent the Philippines, the country is lifted up. Not like this nincompoop in power right now.

  16. Mr. Tatad are u aware also that US presidential candidates Donald Trump is Pro Russian and in fact his candidacy has been toasted with Russian government.

    • They Russians and the Chinese knew that Trump is a nincompoop… having only a huge pair of balls but no brains to support it,,, Thats why if Trump wins, it will be the downfall of America..

  17. “If 92% of Filipinos ‘like’ US, who will follow DU30?” My answer is this one: the one, who will certainly follow President DU30, is his own shadow. Why is that so? Because his shadow likes his ways and mind, his actions and his words. We are not so sure of the remaining 8% of the Filipinos if they would follow him, knowing that President DU30 could easily deny anyone and anyhow: he denied his personal knowledge to Matobato. He denies the bill of rights to live by the many Filipinos who are merely suspected and accused of illegal drugs.

  18. First I would like to say I am a United States citizen with a multi ethnic background(European, African, Native American, etc.) but just like our current serving President I consider myself a person of color. I am also married to a Filipino citizen and she is from Davao. Given my many travels and stays in the Philippines I have found an understated element in Filipino culture that goes seen but unsaid. During one of my stays in Quezon city within Manila, I noticed a security guard fully armed at the bank. Then I opened my eyes beyond the standard politeness and noticed that at every store there were heavily armed security guards. That being said I interviewed some college students and asked them what is the difference in Japan and the Philippines? To my surprise most thought that the Japanese were smarter than Filipinos. The reason I brought up Japan is that Japan and the Philippines have roughly the same square kilometers of land. Japan has 377,972.28 km while the Philippines has 300,000 km although I admit that the extra 77, 972 is considerable. My point is that the Japanese have discipline while the Filipinos do not. The Japanese rather than be conquered by the European powers, resolved to remake themselves into the 2nd largest economy in the world for many years although China is now 2nd I believe only to the United States.

    My wife grew up in a state of poverty that I cannot comprehend nor relate to. Most Filipinos are educated enough to not cause trouble for the people in power. If your Universities produced truly educated students then the corruption that has kept the Filipino people in perpetual poverty instead of a shining jewel in the Pacific would not exist. Unfortunately you’re indebted to the United States of America for a great many things such as protection, foreign aid, immigration, etc., but this can also change within a few decades with the right leadership instead of the lacking of leadership such as your current President. The Philippines needs to start voting with your head instead of your passion. His campaign on drugs is ridiculous and barbaric to say the least. The rule of LAW needs to be obeyed! If your current President doesn’t believe in the rule of law by acting appropriately and enforcing it civilly then your country will remain the shit stain it has been for decades.

    • Payutenyo D Agimas on

      i agree with most of what you said but indebted for protection? foreign aid? immigration?

      since when America protected the Philippines? they were at Subic and Clark because of their strategic need and not to protect the Philippines. foreign aid? why should the Philippines owe the Americans for aid? they were freely given and there even conditions. they could stop giving aid and it would not make a significant dent on the govt or economy. maybe if you stop giving aid to Israel or Egypt, it will have significant effect on their economy but not the Philippines. foreign aid/loans after the war was even tied to the military bases and participation in the local economy. for immigration, if that is a debt, then all nations who have migrants in the US owe the americans. the irish, English, Europeans, Mexicans etc would owe a lot of debt to the americans because they sent a lot of their people there. the Filipinos total only 3M so that’s not much to pay, if even immigration is a debt.

    • I am a Pilipino but have travelled extensively and have seen different cultures. Pilipinos culture is divided into 2 , the urban and the rural culture. The urban is really bad, addicts and robbers. The rural are implement good Pilipinos.

  19. as long as he maintain neutral maintaining close relationships with the US, Japan, China and Russia then we can rip all the benefits having investments from all these powers plus beginning to receive newer weapons from Russia and still maintian EDCA then its a win win situation for all Filipinos and Duterte. But if he isolate the US then that will be a dangerous route. Just do it gradually.

  20. Mariano Patalinjug on

    Yonkers, New York
    26 September 2016

    To former Senator and now Manila Times columnist FRANCISCO S.TATAD,I yell, “Bravo! Bravo!” for this exceptionally thoughtful and perceptive disquisition of his,”If 92% of Filipinos ‘like the US,’who will follow DU30?” in The Manila Times today ,

    How I wish Der Fuhrer Rodrigo Duterte and all the members of his Cabinet, and especially DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay, get the chance to carefully read, understand and absorb what Mr. Tatad says here from beginning till the end because it is a brief but complete tutorial on how Foreign Relations should be conducted.

    The disconcerting FACT is that Mr. Duterte and Mr. Yasay are completely naive or sophomoric as far as the conduct of Foreign Relations are concerned. Both of them have committed one misstep or faux pas right after another, endlessly it seems, and without them knowing about it–until too late.

    It should be quite obvious by now that Der Fuhrer Rodrigo Duterte is finding it very difficult if not impossible to make an easy transition from being Mayor of Davao City where he felt free to act like a Little Tyrant with virtually nobody to oppose him, including his wanton killing of those who in his personal opinion deserved to be dispatched prematurely to either heaven or hell, to being President where he is expected to behave decorously in a civilized manner, and not as uncouth and as vulgar as he has been behaving since June 30th, shooting his garbage- and excreta-laden mouth off in knee-jerk fashion at the slightest excuse or opportunity.

    If Mr.Duterte has any thought of making up for all the serious mistakes he and Mr. Yasay have been making innocently or deliberately since June 30th, it will profit both of them to at least secure Senator Francisco S.Tatad’s services as an Adviser or Consultant, if Mr.Duterte cannot get him to replace Mr. Perfecto Yasay as Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

    MARIANO PATALINJUG
    patalnjugmar@gmail.com

  21. Sana sir mag patuloy pa ang pag susulat nyo ng ganitong tama kahit nasa admin na kayo, ako bilang isang simpleng driver lang ng truck ay nakaunawa sa inyong nilathala, for me this a none bias, mabuhay po kayo sir, at sanay tularan at sundan kayo ng iba pang kasama nyo na may awtoridad mag sulat at gumising sa aming lahat., for me this not a drug war, this is a turf war sir., plain and simple.

  22. WHO says Filipinos like the US than Duterte? Ano ka ba naman Tatad puro ka lang puna wala ka naman naitutulong sa bansa. Mahiya ka naman kahit konti. 91% ang trust rating ni Duterte. Filipinos may like to travel or stay in the U.S, we may like the imported goods, movies etc but that does not mean people would follow support U.S vs. our very own president.

    • Juanito Esguerra on

      But if your beloved Duterte cuts off ties with the U.S., bye-bye U.S. embassy and sorry na lang employees of the U.S. embassy if you lose your jobs (Détente will give you jobs) , bye-bye visas to the U.S., bye-bye help from the U.S. in case of catastrophes (I live in the U.S. and when Yolanda hit the Philippines, churches and civic organizations are raised funds to help the Philippines.) bye-bye, U.S. goods, Bye-bye balikbayan boxes from the U.S. If you are willing to say bye-bye to all of these, then you can follow your leader

  23. Hmmmmm…ok…..
    but DU30 will not heed nor listen……as arrogant, narcissistic, trumpian, egoistic, know-it-all/no mistake kind of red alien

  24. Mr. Tatad this is a brilliant piece. Your writing is balanced, incisive and logical. I wish the President would read this and appreciate what you are saying. If he is unwilling to change, his advisers need to remind the President that he is no longer the city mayor but the President of a nation. His actions and words will have repercussions on the lives of millions of Filipinos. And surely it is time that he starts looking at concrete measures to help the economic conditions of his countrymen.

    As for you Mr. Tatad, it would be great if the President would appoint you as one of his private advisers. Your wisdom and experience would be most invaluable in helping to chart the progress of the Philippines.

  25. Too early for the South China Morning Post to comment that President Rodrigo Duterte failed in addressing poverty in the Philippines. He hasn’t even completed his 100 days in office and I am disappointed that Mr. Tatad parroted their observation. The President at this time has nothing to hide yet as he just barely started his governance! I would have rather parroted what Sen. Panfilo Lacson said that it looked like years have already passed because there were so many achievements already our President have achieved in so short time. Please be careful when reading foreign press as they are part in destabilizing government around the world that does not bow down to the US and its allies. For the readers also, be careful to what our local media is saying or reporting about. We all know by now that our media parrot the western media and that they are also controlled by their private owners who are usually members of the Oligarch our President was saying about in his speeches. I am not saying that Mr. Tatad is against our President as I have seen that he is a pro-Marcos. He knew it that Marcos was downed by the local media and so I pray that he’d be careful in his analyses. Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore said that our Press have actually failed us as they are highly partisan. Be careful Filipino People! It is better to cater to Social Media as it is much much more better than mainstream media. The people in the social media are not paid, some of them are trolls and some are members of the mainstream medial spreading lies but majority are into sharing truthful posts and there are a variety of information that you can read that are not published or suppressed in the mainstream media due to their patronage to their lords – the oligarchs.

  26. Yes, America is decaying morally and spiritually during the last 8-year watch of Obama. It is a about time we elect TRUMP for a real change.

    In retrospect, does a Filipino think that if the American military bases are still existing in PH, China can steal part of the PH sea?

    Are Filipinos better off staying as ally of the USA or we switch to Russia or China for any reason?

    Modern times have shown that all anti-American dictators have fallen one by one.

  27. The throwing of lines after lines on the spurt of the moment without thinking of repercussion is dangerous for
    the country. We as a People was molded on the right things to do. It is just bad that many chose the wrong path. Who else can fix our system? To much fear among the people. Nobody try to oppose or contradict or say
    don’t that. Justice delay. justice denied.

    • yes the image of our country will change because many foreign investors are withdrawing that’s why our ecomic are falling down

  28. i like the usa but it does not mean that i will follow what the usa wants. some of its policies are not good for the phil. and tho we like the usa, it seems the american gov’t do not want us filipinos. have you wondered why they treat each pinoy applicant for usa visa and at port of entry as potential illegal immigrant?? if you observe how they treat white foreigners while being interviewed at the port of entry, a pinoy is treated that way, just saying.

  29. One in every ten Filipinos in the Philippines have relatives in the U.S., or about 5 million Filipino Americans, they are family, and it will remain family because blood is thicker than water. The blood that runs in my veins are in their veins, They are my brothers and sisters, cousins and nephews, nieces, their children and their children’s children.

  30. The Great Defiant on

    really?
    when Marcos was president he was tagged as “tuta ng kano”
    now we have a president who is not so friendly with US, now you want to know if 92% of Filipinos like the US of America.

    oh well,
    you want to us have divorce?
    same sex marriages?
    you want us to remove God from our school? from our government offices? form our hospitals? form our very lives?
    all because this is an American thing to do?
    America is decaying morally and spiritually.

    you never learned your lesson Datdat.
    look Obama is making this world evil and you still want him?

    • You’re just being idiotic i presume. Being in good relations or liking US US doesnt really mean we should follow their league and copy their practices. It’s just maintaining good relations. Liking isn’t synonymous with copying you should understand that.

  31. if Duterte continues in his gutter talk and continue his anti US rhetoric then he may not finished his term.

  32. One or two countries may be happy if Philippines keep bashing US.But majority of us is pro-US.Our young people enjoy American way of life while the old never learned.

  33. As Ambassador Romero aptly puts it, we can be the “honest broker” of all super powers because we have Chinese blood, Spanish (European) blood, and American culture.

  34. DU30, I’m afraid still thinks he is in Davao rather than in Malacanang so he still speaks gutter language like he is in
    Davao but then he is heard around the world. I wish he would finally wake up and realize that his foul mouth is not helping him one bit. Our country was run by a retard and thank God he is gone and now by a foul mouth canto boy who just can’t get himself to act like a President of the Philippines.Somebody should knock some sense into him or even the Chinese are going to lose their respect for him. The Japs are getting confused and if Trump wins the election and he will insist on us paying the US for helping us we are in deep shit so to speak

  35. The head of this piece seems to me an agitation and an insult to every patriotic Filipino. Its the only reason why I took patience since I have ceased reading you. Of course the article was misleading. Not because 92% of Filipinos like the Americans compared to a lower percentage of the Israelites, the Japanese and the Chinese who according to you 50% likes the US, will already reject President Duterte and follow the US. If that’s the premise you follow, would it convince the 50% Chinese to go against their country when pitted against the US? That’s a faulty argument. Likewise, the 92% Filipinos will not side with the US, I can guarantee you, when its national interest is undermined if only for the cause of the US of A. Not now when their patriotism were awaken because of President Duterte.

    • I agree with RIC, I`ve here in N. America since 1990 only pinoy suckers are saying that we love USA.
      I have tasted decrimination from this Caucasians. What hurts some pinoy sipsips though being discriminated like being called shorty, thick lips or eat like pigs sipsip pa rin sa mg puti its such a shame really then some pinoys looking down on their own bro.

  36. Nice piece Mr Tatad. And when you got that DFA post, I hope your views stay as is, fully expressed – not muted by the powers that be.

  37. As always, Mr. Tatad, your articles are exemplary, intelligent analyses of current issues. They do provide intelligent thought-provoking points in peoples’ minds as they form their own perspective specially those in government as they try to solve the complex calculus of international relations affecting war and peace, international trade and industry and the like. Please continue your independent reporting and God bless you!

  38. What an excellent piece !!! I totally agree with what you are saying Mr. Tatad. I hope that Duterte listens to this excellent advice.

    He should control his tongue in insulting people and dragging them down to the gutter where he seems to have come from.

    • If i can, I recommend Mr. Tatad to be the executive Secretary for one year. PRRD NEEDS A GOOD SPEECH WRITER. The President should avoid impromptu press conferences. Diplomacy should be his language now. You can put a foreign leader down, by using choice of words along the prose of men like Mr. tatad, without resorting to ” siga” words..
      I do hope the President can still change in some ways. Be an Asian leader, be independent, but deliver punch in words most leaders speak to Sir. Ala eh, ganyan ang mundo, konting himas sa iba pero may punto parin.

  39. What can you expect from DU30. No brain, puro yabang at arangkada, Hollow yung brain, bobo.
    The worst part is , arrogant, masyadong mayabang, pride goes before fall. Pagbagasak nya baka para syang lamok na tinamaan ng malaking tsinelas, hindi sya makikilala because.

    Mas may finesse si Marcos kaysa ka DU30.

    Start counting his days, His days are numbered. It will be stopped by AFP bullet, kasama si Bato and Gen. Bisaya