The Philippine panel should ensure that they read and re-read again, the tiny prints, before they sign the Agreement. They must ensure that the Philippines will not get the short end of the stick. I do not support, using military solution to solve the issues we have regarding China. Unfortunately, because Mr. Aquino does not know how to deal with China, China has lost face, with all the innuendos and pronouncements generated by his Office. I sincerely think, the DFA must be left to do the job of handling this and other situations which call for diplomatic solutions. Pronouncements made by the President, through his misCommunication team has not helped improve our relationship with China. There would have been no need for an increased American presence, nor a need for US assistance in modernizing our military. All the pork barrel fund which has been used to line the pockets of our elected leaders through the years, and all the funds which have lined the pockets of many generals, would have sufficed to modernise our military with new ships, planes and weapons. Instead, we are once more begging the US to supply us with second hand units to arm our forces. Channeling the money from PDAF will go a long way towards modernising our armed forces, and paying decent wages to our soldiers.
Helen Ramos, firstname.lastname@example.org