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  1. Notmyrealname

    Notmyrealname DI Forum Luminary Highly Rated Poster Showcase Reviewer

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    This is a personal view (of course) and you may dislike it or not, at your whim: In a country which has respect for its elected leader, I do not feel it is the right of foreigners to show such disrespect. Let the people decide on policy, as far as is possible, at the ballot box.

    Also, negative, rude and disrespectful comments about any senior politician (and leaders of other organisations) may serve only to make life more difficult for your fellow expats - and every expat here should be on the lookout for the welfare of every one of us.
     
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  2. Edward K

    Edward K DI Senior Member Veteran Navy

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    I hesitate to get into this disjointed "discussion," but I'd like to point out that the Muslims arrived in Mindanao around the 1400's and successfully administered the entire southern Philippines for 500 years until the US gave the land and the governments to "Christians" imported from Luzon in the 1910's and 1920's. The Spanish pretty much ignored Mindanao, and never got a good foothold... The current problems in Mindanao are mostly a result of that upheaval. Wikipedia has several good "short histories" on the subject.
     
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    Just a few thoughts on this. China denies and detains a former DFA Secretary and Ombudsman and sends them back to the Philippines. China has given us MERS, SARS and now the CoronaVirus. They are responsible for the ASF in the country and are still trying to smuggle in pork products even though they know it is against current policy. China floods the Philippines with drugs and illegal workers. China has taken over parts of the Philippine Sea, taken the livelihood of fisherfolk away and left fishermen to fend for themselves in dark waters after sinking their vessel. But they are BFF with the President. America revokes the Visa of a Senator accused of being involved in EJK while he was the Police Chief of the Country, a sentiment shared by many in the Philippines, and the President wants to revoke the VFA. Makes perfect sense.
     
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    The start of this thread seems a bit disjointed to me. The headline is about President Duterte threatening to cancel an agreement with the U.S., but the poster starts in asking President tRump to do that. Which is it?

    Anyway, the Philippines is a sovereign nation and can deal with other nations as it sees fit. IMHO, it is counterproductive, though, for the Philippines to distance itself in any way from the U.S. (or any other "western" country, for that matter.) But still, it's their decision.

    As far as ramifications for Americans living here, I have been fully aware of the risks and possible setbacks that can occur but ready to take a financial hit (forced sale) if it comes to that. However, I will also be taking away the jobs of the twelve Fiipinos I employ, too, and the college scholarships I provide for (so far) about 10 students, with more to come. And I am small potatoes compared to thousands of other foreigners from the standppoint of the financial hit that the country of the Philippines would take if it forced us out.

    On a side note, it would be interesting to know how many pension dollars from overseas are spent in the Philippines.
     
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    Philpots DI Senior Member Restricted Account

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    I woulsd have thought it is abundently clear that the US wants access to these international waters just the same as any other country would want. It is in the Philippines interests to secure the waters around their own country to prevent them being cut off from the rest of the world by a world power that sees gain in doing that. Its a matter of national security and the idea of Trump telling the Philippines to go it alone is just really stupid. Dont want to get too politacal here and I hope the regulators of this site can mediate the input here to see that a fair representation of opinion prevails. Best of luck with that Difficult task.
     
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