What if America leaves the Philippines alone?


Atty. Josephus Jimienez


The Philippine Star


 September 22, 2016


Reflecting deeply on the current anti-American pronouncements made by our president, it is our considered view, with all due respect, that such an impulsive stance may not be sustainable in the long run. Whatever emotional expressions of irritation, passing spite or momentary anger manifested relative to the alleged US criticism of our domestic anti-drug campaign, whatever misunderstanding we have for the moment should not become the defining factor of our foreign policy. Yes, an independent foreign policy is not only the right thing to opt for, but even an imperative principle of a sovereign nation. But in choosing that option, do we have to break a long-standing friendship with our closest treaty ally?