MANILA, Oct. 23 - "Philippine separation from the United States - economically and militarily" does not mean severance of relationship or terminating the special bond between our two nations, which remains firm notwithstanding the formidable but surmountable challenges that we face in making liberating change happen.”
In a statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. added that “Indeed, breaking away from our closest friend, only military ally and strategic partner would not be in our best national interest as declared unmistakably by President Duterte upon his arrival in Davao City from his successful trip to China very early this morning.
And yet, separation from our former colonial master is demanded in pursuing our independent foreign policy. It implies breaking away from the debilitating mindset of dependency and subservience - economically and militarily - that have perpetuated our "little brown brother" image to America, which has stunted our growth and advancement.
Dismantling this old paradigm to give way to new stronger structures and methods in promoting better understanding and mutually beneficial relationships does not sign