Much has been said and debated about President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of pursuing an independent foreign policy.
Duterte has not mince words about his disappointment at how the US shabbily treats us as a sovereign country and how easily the country’s former colonizer meddle in the affairs of the now independent state as if the Filipinos are still their subjects.
Yes, we had been their loyal ally for a long time since the US granted us independence, but being a secondary partner does not mean that we have to be forever dependent and subservient to them.
Thus, Duterte is embarking on a mission to establish an independent foreign policy with other countries, but most specifically China, whom we expect to consider and recognize our national sovereignty, our territorial integrity, our national interest and our right to self-determination.
But for the long and short of it, there is no better explanation of the subject matter than what and how Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo stated and interpreted Duterte’s pursuit of an independent foreign policy which I am reprinting for your appreciation.