Why Support the Visiting Forces Agreement?
I believe that we must support the VFA because I think the Philippines is considered a “failing state.”
During these precarious times, we have to set aside our socialist-communist leanings. It is my observation that the usual source of most people’s opposition to the VFA and any Philippine-US agreements or treaties is their sympathy for the Left. Because of the education system, tradition and culture in this country, the people are slowly turning to the Left and embracing collectivist ideals. Most Filipinos are socialists but they just don’t know it.
We must be humble enough to admit that the Philippine government heavily relies on US aid, official development assistance or ODA, or any kind foreign reliefs. Whenever the Philippines experiences natural calamity or social or economic crisis, we ask for the help of the United States and other middle-power countries like Japan, Australia, Canada and the European Union. We must have the humility to admit that we are dependent upon foreign aids and reliefs.
I don’t believe that developed countries like the US, Japan and the European Union have the duty to help poor countries. Every nation has the obligation and duty to improve its national condition and sovereignty. Nations are like individual human beings that must be concerned of their own welfare and interests. The foreign aids and reliefs that the United States government channels to the Philippines come from its own taxpayers. But it is disappointing that we do not even know how to say “thank you” to our friendly allies. Most, if not all, absurd militant and Leftist groups usually denounce the United States for historical reasons, but they failed to understand that the “land of the brave and the free” did not just become a superpower nation through invasion or imperialism. The United States is a product of philosophy, and it achieved its global status through the best and the most moral experiment ever devised in mankind’s history— the economic system of Capitalism. The United States was built by the most moral vision of its founding fathers and by its independent industrialists in the last century who helped improve the standard of living in America and the rest of the world. All nations on earth, including the Philippines, were a product of history.
I strongly disagree with the idea that secession is justified if it is fueled by religious dogma or the concept of ethnicity…
I am in favor of the VFA because I believe that we need the help of the United States in protecting our people and borders from terrorist aggression. I believe that terrorism exists and the source of which is spiritual in nature. The spiritual weapon of global terror networks is the Radical Islam. The Iranian government had openly announced its aim to exterminate capitalism and the Western World to pave the way for its Islamic mission. The radical Islamists regard capitalism and the Western world as their enemy that must be exterminated. We are all engaged in a battle of ideas, and the only way to stop the “enemy” is to have the right idea and use it to fight the “evil” idea. Man’s and civilization’s enemy is that “evil” idea that we must be collectively chained to a radical religious dogma of Islam.
I believe that we must support the VFA because I think the Philippines is considered a “failing state.” Being a failing state, it cannot even protect its people and foreign nationals in far-flung areas of the country. Failed or failing states are attractive to terrorist or separatist groups that subscribe to either radical Islam or Communism. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has been receiving support from Islamic countries that favor Mindanao’s secession from the Philippines. I strongly disagree with the idea that secession is justified if it is fueled by religious dogma or the concept of ethnicity. There’s only one justification for a belligerent or hostile territory to secede from its motherland and this is the concept of individual rights. The MILF wants to secede because its warlords seek to establish an Islamic regime in Mindanao. This proposition is not justifiable because they only seek the religious enslavement of people in that part of the country.
There’s no doubt that this separatist groups are getting support from shadowy international networks that aim to establish a strategic military and radical religious base within the country. The result of their radical religious or theocratic dogma is what is happening now in Iran, where women have no individual rights and people have to follow under the pain of death the decree of their religious dictator.
We wouldn’t have to rely on America’s military support if we were an economically and militarily developed nation. But since we are not and since we’re facing battles on various fronts, we must have the humility that we need America’s assistance. I don’t think favoring the VFA is tantamount to giving up our sovereignty. The Unites States wants nothing from us; it is us who benefit from this military agreement. America can always trade and establish military agreements with our neighboring countries. It is independent and it is still the most powerful nation in the world. The people who blindly and staunchly believe that it is the US that benefits from our country simply wanted to flatter themselves. I must admit that America made crucial mistakes in history, but I still believe that it is mankind’s last best hope. Even if America is now taken over by the Liberal-socialists led by its President Barack Obama, it is the American people that will save America. The spirit of the American Constitution, which is the first socio-political document on earth that respects individual rights, still runs in the veins of every true-blooded American.
Whether we like it or not, the Philippines is one of the failing or failed states in the Asia-Pacific region. International terrorist groups target fragile and failing states for the following reasons:
a) Failing or failed states may serve as a stable territory for terrorist groups where they can set up strategic training grounds, communication facilities, and military establishments.
b) Failing or failed states can provide supplementary reinforcement or additional recruits that the terrorist organization need for its global terrorist activities. Since failing or fragile states suffer from grave economic crisis, their people can be easily recruited to join and embrace the philosophy or dogmatism of an invading terrorist regime.
c) Failing or failed regimes maintain the superficial features of sovereignty.
d) The ostensible status of failing or failed states, which are able to uphold their self-government, cannot be easily interfered by international organizations like the United Nations or an alliance of sovereign nations in case of regime change initiated by terrorist organizations.
Related Article by PDI columnist Ramon J. Farolan: Revisiting the VFA