Makabayan bloc tells Duterte: It’s not a choice between US or China

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 27 2020 04:38 PM | Updated as of Feb 27 2020 04:44 PM

MANILA - Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago said Thursday there was no need for President Rodrigo Duterte to choose between the United States and China in pushing for an independent foreign policy.

The lawmaker blasted the statement of the President that the Philippines can either be a territory of the US or a province of China if it cannot fight its own battles.

“Hindi po tayo kailangang mamili sa pagitan ng US at China. Ang kailangan nating piliin ay Pilipinas,” Elago said.

(We don't have to choose between the US and China. We should only choose the Philippines.)

Bayan Muna party-list Reps. Ferdie Gaite and Eufemia Cullamat echoed Elago's sentiment, recalling how the administration quickly decided to abrogate the country's Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States over the cancellation of Sen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa’s US visa.

“Ang kailangan pa rin, tumindig tayo sa principled position. Hindi 'yong pettiness na pinapakita ngayon ng pamahalaan na, bilang pagganti ay ibabasura ang VFA because of that cancellation ng visa ni Sen. Dela Rosa,” Gaite said.

(We should take a principled position, not the pettiness shown by government in junking the VFA just to get back [at the US] for canceling Sen. Dela Rosa's visa.)

“Sana nga matutong tumindig ang Pilipinas dahil nakikita natin ang ang Pilipinas ay may kakayahang tumindig sa kaniyang sariling paa,” Cullamat said.

(I hope the Philippines would show it could stand on its own feet because it really is capable of doing so.)