American influence gives Pinoys a place in global geopolitics

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.

Boo hoo.

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.

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28 Responses to American influence gives Pinoys a place in global geopolitics

  1. Jack says:

    Rightly said, Ph should carve its own way not blame outside forces….how well did Malaysia did, Japan or Korea in spite of being heavily influenced by US.

    • Jay says:

      If anything, PH should observe and learn what was effective from other forms of government and see how they can implement it in the country. You know instead of giving passe nationalistic excuses, consider the wisdom behind those successful decisions to create a better Philippines.

      Of course one of the best ways they can do this as well would be to really consider charter change.

  2. ChinoF says:

    CenPEG seems to be subscribing to those screwy conspiracy theories about America… well, leftists, of course. Next thing you know, they’ll believe Obama is an alien. 😆 Anti-foreignism sure is bad for us.

    • Miriam Quiamco says:

      N/A is going to the U.S.? I thought he was averse to foreign travel? Would this confirm the analysis of some newspaper columnist that the U.S. has chosen him as a favorite because they could easily manipulate him? There is nothing wrong with forging good relations with a world power, but with a leader like N/A who does not have the brain, he could easily be maneuvered to enter into an agreement that does not promote our interest. What would he say to Obama if and whenever he is going to be given the chance to discuss ideas with Obama, he does not have clear understanding of world politics, judging from his answers to the questions of an NHK reporter and worse of all, he obviously is small-minded, it would be interesting to watch him behave like a bumbling, spoiled brat bereft of ideas that are truly his own during a press conference. Will he embarrass us once again just like how he answered the question of the NHK reporter on Japan-RP relations?

      • ChinoF says:

        Haha, nice catching that fact, Miriam. He said he won’t travel much, he’ll just send representatives… but he traveled to the U.S. Heck, U.S. ito, i-stateside, aber. Maybe he prefers getting dole-outs from the U.S. rather than Japan, et al, hence his behavior… or hence how his handlers instructed him.

        Say, Captain America is a nice picture to put here. He’s the one with the advice to the kid, something like, “if the world tells you to move, no. You stand fast and tell the world, ‘you move!'”

      • UP nn grad says:

        “Salem, Kool or Marlboro? Ask Noynoy what brand blue-seal cigarettes he wants!!” That would be the advise to BarObama by one of US State Department Analysts on what questions will be comfortable for Cory Aquino’s son now known as President-of-the-Philippines-his-Excellency Noynoy.

        “So how many smugglers will get convicted by year-end-2010?” would be one question BarObama will NOT ask NogyNoy the President son of Cory Aquino. Baka mapilipit ang dila.

      • ulong pare says:

        … daaang

        … mirriam q naman naman namannnn

        … do not be so harsh on prez gung gong… ate glo stalked obama for months for a kodakan session…

        … just admit that flips/fliplams are whitey stricken… :mrgreen:

        … weak countries like flipland needs a shoulder to lean on…

        … but in flipland’s case, maria clara would rather have a dickey to ride on… 😳

    • FreeSince09 says:

      Here’s another conspiracy theory, AKBAYAN and its pawns are part of a much grander design by the CIA. It’s used as an instrument of soft power to pacify areas and people against too much agitation. Funded by USAID, the main purpose of AKBAYAN is to attack the CPP fronts by competing in its traditional hotbeds: universities and unions.

      • Hyden Toro says:

        “Everybody has a price…” is always the political principle of the C.I.A. Remember, during the Macapagal Era; if you are reading aunthentic Philippine History. There was a C.I.A. guy, by the name of Stonehill; who almost bought the whole Philippine Congress and Senate… Stonehill, owned the Philippine Phillip Morris Corporation… Filipino politicians can be easily be bought. What is your price?… How much?…”Wala na bang tawad?…

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  4. Dr. José Rizal II says:

    When Captain America throws his mighty shield,
    All those who chose to oppose his shield must yield.

    If he’s led to a fight and a duel is due,
    Then the red and white and the blue’ll come through
    When Captain America throws his mighty shield.

    Follow the link to hear the song: http://homepage.mac.com/jjbeach/einheri/music/cap.html

  5. Anonylol says:

    I don’t know about those guys but I kinda like the idea of having US warships between me and China when shit starts to get real.

  6. kusinero says:

    Boo Hoo. One thing I’d like to ask leftists: Which country would you prefer, Maoist China?

    The points they raised are even common knowledge.

    1. We have been American pawns ever since. Remember the Spanish-American war, WW2, Korean war, Gulf war, US war on terror, etc? We have always been bending backwards just to please our white colonial masters. Dudes, you have been living on another planet if you only realized that now.

    2. Again, refer to the wars listed on number 1. Also, ask any Ugandan rebel where his guns came from.

    3. And again, the so called “sovereign right to self-determination” is a lie. It will only exist if we start stepping up as a nation, which we obviously don’t do. Hence, we will always be suckered because we are suckers.

    So Noynoy has finally decided to go see the US, eh? Let’s see how that goes.

  7. Netornit says:

    I agree with this article.Whether we like it or not,America’s influence is what gives us some importance in Geopolitics rather than being part of Socialist China.

    Nationalists,what’s to be proud of your country when a lot of Filipinos act like Nazis?Get your shit together then maybe you Nationalists could actually be proud of something that isn’t about “Manny Pacquiao” or “Charice” for once.

  8. Ryunken says:

    So, Noynoy is finally leaving the country to see the economic power that is USA… I hope the Filipinos… Including Noynoy sees things differently now… Then again.. They’ll still see things as normally as they want…

    Welcome to Happy Town!

  9. concerned_citizen says:

    So what’s new with the Philippines. We are still loyal to our colonial masters because we need them. We haven’t learned to stand on our own two feet. We will always be hostages of our past.

    • Hyden Toro says:

      Understand the term: GLOBALIZATION. You will understand the trend of our civilization, promoted by the U.S. Superpower. Read and research about this term…it will be useful to anybody, trying to understand our times…People who have ambitions to become President or Senators , must fully understand this term…

  10. ulong pare says:

    … daaang

    …. flips, puro kayo gung gongs…

    … colonial-kolonyal masters pa kayong sinasabi… tapos, you rather spoklong in ferpect englitzhched than your own ‘toopid dialects…

    … ay sus ginoo, puro kayo mga gung gongs… magbago na naman kayo… USE YOUR KUKOTES naman naman namannn… :mrgreen:

  11. Hyden Toro says:

    U.S. influence will always be with us. The U.S. was our former Colonial Masters. They set up our pseudo Democracy. They had the U.S. bases here, for almost a century. Their U.S. Seventh Fleet is still prowling the oceans around the Philippines. China, North Korea and Burma are the countries giving the U.S. headaches.
    North Korea has nuclear weapons. They have Kim Il Sung as their autocratic leader. China is slowly emerging as an economic power. Russia has its Vladivostok ports nearby. It is an unstable equation maintained by the U.S. in the area. This unstability can change overnight, by an untoward incident.

    The U.S. has to maintain open its commercial sealanes to sell its products. This is the cause, why the Philippines is an unwilling pawn in this international chess board game. Noynoy Aquino can be removed anytime by unseen forces; if he is not needed anymore; like Marcos…or other Presidents. U.S./C.I.A. agents are working in the government, providing informations to their Masters. Some of these people are active in
    Philippine politics… 😯

    • ulong pare says:

      … daaang

      @hyden t naman naman namannn

      … flipland traposakals, et al are green carders… or at least have multiple entry visa holders to the land o meek and homeys ooopsie milk and honey…

      … kasi, when the coup de taes, giyera patani start to boil over, ‘bakwet ang mga westppointing ooopsie west point trained afp/pnp generals to the west… :mrgreen:

  12. Antiantipinoy says:

    While I agree with the last section of the post which states that “if America withdraws from the Philippines, some other powerful global player would TRY to assert influence over Philippine politics.”

    I believe that is the case but one need not be so fatalistic about it . It does not need to be an inevitability nor would that be an inevitability if the Philippine populus were on a whole better educated. A more educated populus would be more knowledgeable of politics and of the heavy influence that domestic and geopolitical policies have on the Philippine economy and society. Thus, they would be more capable of checking the tendency of concentrated power to usurp the will of the people in favor of the will of the rich, powerful, and well-connected. Unfortunately, the Philippine educational system is quite outdated and ill-equipped because of the Philippine debt — a large majority of which, contrary to the views of the author of this article, was authorized by Ferdinand Marcos AGAINST the will and WITHOUT the consent of the Filipino people. As long as the Philippines is required to service that illegitimate debt, there will be no progress in the Philippines because the amount of money remittances and foreign investment into the country will be negated and, at times, dwarfed by the amount of money leaving the Philippines through interest payments and debt servicing.

    However, I have to question the benign0’s tendency to treat the entire Philippine people as “brain-dead” and incompetent. Such a stereotype treats the Filipino race as a big amorphous, homogeneous population that is collectively ignorant and incompetent. Filipinos who are educated in the Philippine — unfortunately, as exemplified by Benign0 and others like him, are in fact tragically ignorant and truly do NOT understand how the world REALLY works. But so be it with them. They’re hopeless and their condition is at the very least temporarily irreversible.

    My gripe is with the Filipinos who live in First World countries, are educated in those countries, and are currently employed and living relatively comfortably outside of the Philippines. Why are those Filipinos FAILING miserably to represent Philippine interests in the governments of their adopted countries? Those economically enfranchised Filipinos living in First World countries are the best positioned to truly influence the policies of the First World countries in favor of the Philippines.

    If you want a perfect example, just take a look at Israel. Note, the Philippines should not follow Israel’s brutish war criminalish behavior but much can be learned from the pro-Israel lobby which has successfully manipulated the politics of the New Rome — America, on Israel’s behalf.

    • Jay says:

      Unfortunately, the Philippine educational system is quite outdated and ill-equipped because of the Philippine debt —

      Oh boy here we go again…

      There are many factors and you honestly cannot put a heavy amount or responsibility on Marcos. Imagine the average amount needed to spend government money to educate one child and then the population keeps booming. Obviously if the budget can’t keep up, the price to keep a child educated by government means decreases and then you get situations like we have now, where people then didn’t build schools to house 5,000 kids from grades 1-6. Or the fact that the education department is archaic and never progressed, much like the government and pinoy society in general.

      Also its the culture. A populous that actually cares would be a good start so they know what is needed to keep up with the government they elect. The populous including the elites as well.

      Such a stereotype treats the Filipino race as a big amorphous, homogeneous population that is collectively ignorant and incompetent. Filipinos who are educated in the Philippine — unfortunately, as exemplified by Benign0 and others like him, are in fact tragically ignorant and truly do NOT understand how the world REALLY works.

      The funny thing is Benign0, among others have also cited on solutions, both helpful with short and long term ramifications. While here you are complaining about the tone of how the people are put down because they are claiming the truth. Come at the argument, not how you feel about it.

      My gripe is with the Filipinos who live in First World countries, are educated in those countries, and are currently employed and living relatively comfortably outside of the Philippines. Why are those Filipinos FAILING miserably to represent Philippine interests in the governments of their adopted countries?

      It is NOT THEIR FAULT if the Philippines doesn’t care about them! If that were the case we’d see successful scientists and think tanks come back to help the country with the government aiding out. My mother left primarily because she didn’t want to be bogged down with a nation full of crappy values and their irrational thinking, so instead she can be part of a society and have a life where her interests and contributions are appreciated. However she still loves the country for what it offers her.

      Those first world Filipinos are of a different culture than the ones born in the Philippines and I can understand why they see differently from the home country. That is certainly one of the reasons why they wouldn’t support a country that may embrace them due to being Pinoy by blood, but having no connection with the culture whatsoever.

      Note, the Philippines should not follow Israel’s brutish war criminalish behavior but much can be learned from the pro-Israel lobby which has successfully manipulated the politics of the New Rome — America, on Israel’s behalf.

      fact: Jews were lawyers, bankers and doctors long before they started influencing Nueva Roma. They were influencing other countries long before that as well. It helps when most of them are powerful leaders of Forbe’s top 20 companies. Sorry to pop your Pinoy fantasy when even the Philippine Stock Exchange is a pathetic joke.

      Check out south korea post cold-war and what they did to become a self sufficient nation.

      • Jay says:

        uh, can mods help me with the blockquote tags or fix my prior post so it doesn’t look like I took antiantipinoy’s stuff by verbatim?

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