The Leftist-infiltrated organisation Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) throws in their two cents on the matter of the first visit of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to the United States. In its “Issue Analysis No. 09” on the subject, published on the 14th of August 2009, the group stated that it sees Noynoy’s agenda in this coming visit as an affirmation of the status quo of Philippine relations with its former colonial master and therefore a contradiction of the changes in governance promised during his campaign.
However let’s take a look at the core principles that describe how the CenPEG regards the Philippines’ relationship with America. The “analysis” is built around three basic postulates:
(1) Philippines is being used as a “pawn” of an American plan of “containment and encirclement of China”.
(2) US appetite for war is fuelled by America’s armaments industry which is seen to be a significant source of employment in its depressed economy.
(3) Philippine government “ties” with America are “exclusivist”, have a “superior-subordinate bondage” nature, and “deprive” Filipinos of a “sovereign right to self-determination”.
The CenPEG then proceeds to conclude that if Noynoy delivers his expected affirmation of the US-Philippine relations status quo, it will be a “tacit” support for the continued propagation of the above dynamics.
The CenPEG labelled the section in their “analysis” describing the above “conclusions” with the word “Consistent”: as in (my italics in the following excerpt)…
There is no question that Aquino III will remain consistent with the traditional support for U.S. military presence in the country and the whole region.
Sure. But there are also other consistent things at work here, and that includes the tired old taglines used by the Left to fuel their spurious agenda. I’ve been hearing it since my university days as I watched bemused as campus “activists” mounted quaint attempts to enlist the support of students in the College of Engineering, the most populous — but most quiet — student body in the State University.
In short, using the poetry of the vernacular:
Lumang tugtugin na yan.
My take is quite simple. America’s influence fills a vacuum that exists in the intellectual landscape of Philippine society much the same way as another legacy of American presence — the jeepney — fills a void in our country’s mass transport capability.
We as a people lack a cohesive agenda and vision that is bigger than the petty politics that frames our politicians’ posturings. Here then is what is real: Whether we like it or not, American influence gives us a place (pathetic as it may be) in global geopolitics. It is a choice between that and the laughable small-mindedness of Pinoy thinking that will determine and govern that place.
And even more realistically;
If America withdraws its influence on Philippine internal affairs, some other global power will simply step in to fill the void.
So tough luck. Unless we as a people grow a bigger collective brain, we will be subject to the bigger agendas of bigger global players.