With the United States presidential elections drawing closer and the world awaiting the outcome, it is really for the world to see.
For a Filipino like myself I only look forward on how President Rodrigo Duterte will coordinate with the winner of that election despite his declaration before the People’s Republic of China that he is separating us from the US in military and economic relations. I don’t expect that president-elect of the United States to deploy their forces just to help us in upholding The Hague’s ruling on the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea. Because America whoever the seating president is only putting their interest first more than anything.
Points to Remember
One reason why our president is separating us from the Americans is the Bud Dajo massacre in 1906 that took place Jolo, Sulu. For a man that hails from the southernmost region of the Philippines, Mindanao; he does not want to forget of this event because like he said, the events of the massacre happened like it was yesterday for the Moros.
Another issue on why he wants to separate us from the US is the practicality that we are closer to China and Russia.
In the long history of this love-hate relationship between the Philippines and the United States, the US has gained more on this mostly in a negative manner dating back to the Filipino-American war. For it is in the Filipino-American war that General Emilio Aguinaldo pledged to the stars and stripes, then assumed that the Americans would treat us fairly even assuring his compatriots that time the Americans are the country’s new friends. But I don’t want to go that far on detail of Aguinaldo.
Filipino veterans of World War II are not even recognized after all their efforts keeping the Japanese at bay for Douglas MacArthur to escape back to the United States. But the man did keep his promise coming back.
The remaining veterans of World War II in the country rather than go to the United States to fight for their right are still hopeless for compensation. I couldn’t bear to see a group of Filipino veterans protest outside the Villamor air base when President Obama made a official state visit years ago. While some well-off veterans that have raised their children very well to exercised their right to go to the US and claim whatever right they deserve from the United States Arm Forces in the Far East (USAFFE).
Of Donkeys and Elephants to the Philippines
The political party that the US president represents does not play much of a factor but it is an important detail any spectator should pay attention to.
In the long history between the Philippines and the United States, seating US presidents coming from the Republican Party have been more involved with us mostly negative and less positive. This dates back to President William McKinley who was the president when the Benevolent Assimilation took place following the Filipino-American war followed by his successor Theodore Roosevelt, the president when the Bud Dajo massacre happened. William Howard Taft, governor-general of the Philippines from 1901 to 1903 before elected US president in 1909. Taft only did minimal help to make Filipinos independent. President Herbert Hoover was one president who refused the independence of the Philippines until the US congress rejected him.
Republicans like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan were pretty much involved with enriching Ferdinand Marcos, especially Richard Nixon who was rumored that he gave Marcos the green light to declare Martial Law on September of 1972. As for Reagan, he didn’t see any reason for Marcos to stay in 1986.
There’s not that many Democrat presidents that were involved in shaping the Philippines but Franklin D. Roosevelt was one Democrat president who paved the way for the 1935 Commonwealth constitution of the Philippines. President Jimmy Carter is one Democrat president who kept Marcos in power after Nixon and Gerald Ford, Nixon’s successor Nixon resigned after Watergate. Then Barack Obama, a president so reluctant to keep the Chinese away from our waters in the West Philippine Sea.
Whether it may be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, president Duterte would be reluctant to cooperate with either of them. The secretary of foreign affairs, Perfecto Yasay, Jr. would have his hands full when it comes to the Philippines and America. Yasay was already in Duterte’s place in an official photo op with other world leaders at Laos months ago. It’s really going to be hard for the secretary when the US president-elect makes a visit.
If I were an American
If I were a citizen of the United States, I only look forward for a candidate competent enough to rule as president.
I don’t care what kind of emails one candidate deleted, hacked or whatever and I don’t care how un-presidential one is for harassing women, as well as having his own world. Just get it done.
With the US dubbed as the most powerful nation on earth for so long, the main duty of President Obama’s successor in its first one hundred days is to regain that reputation because America is losing their ground not only in Syria but everywhere in the world where they have their interest. They are not only losing their military might, they are also losing their economic dominance to China.
This is one reason why Donald Trump is donning that slogan, “Make America great again”. It is always easier said than done.
As for Hillary Clinton, one of her objectives is to uphold the programs of the Obama administration that has already made America great already from her perspective. Just today, she’s really in the clear to run for president after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) cleared her of charges for her actions towards sensitive emails when she was secretary of state.
Whatever those emails may be, influence to the FBI does play a role.
One thing’s for sure
Whoever that president may be, the people behind Saturday Night Live have a lot of work to do with their political satire.
President Duterte will ensure independence that we will no longer depend on the US for anything and that he will anything in his power to get US forces out of here. Just like how US bases and its were brought out of Zambales.
What’s very certain is that their war on terror would still go on.
The Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS), won’t be simply eradicated overnight and neither one of them can minimize the growing number of its members.
Eliminating its key members is not really helpful for the US because of the kind of succession these kinds of groups have.
The global economy might even go down if one does not really know its economic policy.
Their issue of domestic violence would only grow worse day-by-day because they have good reforms on their gun control laws.