FOREIGN Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said President Rodrigo Duterte was compelled to adopt an independent foreign policy because “America has failed us.”
In a statement issued on Thursday entitled “America has failed us,” Yasay said “this has … compelled him to realign our foreign policy towards an independent track in pursuing the overriding national interest and in upholding and protecting our sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
“It has been 70 years since America acknowledged the hard fought independence of its only colony in Asia after it arrogated our victory in the struggle for freedom from 400 years of Spanish domination,” Yasay said.
“However, after proclaiming on July 4, 1946 that the Filipinos had been adequately trained for self determination and governance, the United States held on to invisible chains that reined us in towards dependency and submission as little brown brothers not capable of true independence and freedom,” Yasay lamented.
The Secretary charged that the US had used the “carrot and stick” policy towards the Philippines through the long years since the Philippines independence to force Filipinos into submission to American demands and interests.
This is what President Duterte is now trying to liberate us from, Yasay stressed.
“Breaking away from the shackling dependency of the Philippines to effectively address both internal and external security threats has become imperative in putting an end to our nation’s subservience to United States’ interests,” he said.
While the Philippines acknowledged the many significant things that Filipinos will be forever grateful to America for “the stark reality is that even in protecting our territorial boundaries and the exclusive use of our maritime entitlements in the South China Sea, our defensive forces remain grossly incapable of meeting the security threats that we face from potential foes, not to mention their stagnating impact on our development.”
“Worse is that our only ally could not give us the assurance that in taking a hard line towards the enforcement of our sovereignty rights under international law, it will promptly come to our defense under our existing military treaty and agreements,” Yasay said.