Can we truly stand alone?
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The jeers and the provocative statements by various groups, like the left-leaning, and overtly communist-inclined ones, and even of politicians belonging to opposition parties, against the present administration for renewing its ties and pacts with the United States during the recent visit of President Barack Obama were expected, but can, in no way, be taken as the attitude of the majority of the Filipino people.
Even without the confirmation of this by the results of Social Weather Station that 80 percent, or even more of the Filipinos trusted the United States, it is very clear that our people cannot forget, and will not abandon their links to this country that has left its legacies to ours in the form of governance, culture and attitudes in the way we relate to other countries.
Why are some of our people angry at the fact that we have once again confirmed our mutual ties and pledges to help each other? Why are some of our people lambasting our President for the signing of a defense government agreement between us which we know will be more advantageous to us than to them?
To say that we are virtually selling our patrimony to the United States is to be very unfair to our own people , because we and the American people both know that both of us will benefit.
On the part of the United States, they also owe us a debt of loyalty when we stuck with them and virtually held the fort until they could return as promised and liberate us from the would-be-conquerors of World War II. When we did that, we also protected their interests in this part of the world, and for that they owe us gratitude that they are trying to acknowledge with this recent pledge of defense, in the event that we are threatened, as we apparently are now.
Le us not allow false pride to dim our perception of what the real score is now. There is undeniable truth in what President Obama said that “Allies will never stand alone.” And now, more than ever, we need allies, especially the tried and tested ones.*