Madam President, I have often wondered whether the requirement of neutrality and removal from all foreign military bases on our shores was due to the desire to see this country without any trace of self-protection or hatred of everything that affects the United States of America. I cannot give any credible answer to any of them. I can`t imagine why you want your own nation to be totally defenseless in the face of a hostile world. Nor do I understand why the United States of America saw nothing but guilt, despite the obvious blessings it has inundated us. But whatever the cause of these extreme demands, let us not forget that it is our country that will suffer from constitutionalization. The hope of our compatriots is that we will act with caution and not with madness in the fulfillment of our duties. Ang Military Base Agreement ay ang napagkasunduan ng Estados Unidos at Pilipinas noong 1947. Ito ay ang nagbigay ng kapangyarihan sa mga Amerikano na humawak ng mga lupain upang gawing base militar sa bansa kahit na pagkatapos makamit ang pinglipinas ang kasarinlan. Sa ilalim nito, nagtulungan ang mga Amerikano at Pilipino sa militar aspetong. My second footnote, Madam President, is related to the social cost of the bases.
It has been pointed out that they are causes of prostitution and drug addiction, and therefore the pursuit of bases can mean the loss of the Filipino soul. We are not really here to protect the Philippines. We are here to serve our own purpose, to get a basis for what we believe to be our protection against China or anyone else. That`s our goal. He said this is not the time to remove the Clark and Subic naval base, the two main U.S. facilities in the country, because it will create a vacuum in that part of the world. It would not be in our country`s interest at this stage or in a much longer period of time. The Soviets have a huge military base in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, a few hours flight from Luzon. There is no doubt that we can create a new social order in our country if we take back, restore, maintain and defend our national sovereignty. National sovereignty is at stake in the issue of military bases. Only the sovereign people, which exercises their national sovereignty, can set an autonomous course and take full control of their national destiny. It is interesting to note that the U.S.
Embassy in Manila officially issued on July 21 the statement that the United States considers U.S. military installations in the country to be extremely important, but nevertheless, said the U.S. Embassy in Manila, it – that is, America – would not insist on staying if the Philippine government decided to terminate the 1991 RP-US military agreement. Mr President, nang sabihin ng Kasamang Rodrigo na tanggalin ang Sections 3 and 4, bilang taga-Bulacan ako ay nalungkot sapagkat nakasaad sa Balinawak billboard ang mga sumusunod: « Tuloy kayo sa Bulacan, lalawigan ng mga dakilang bayani, naggagandahang mga dilag Labis akong nalungkot dahil ang tilamsik ng di a bakaa mau. Ito ay sarili kong opinyon. Critics have warned against the agreement between the Department of National Defense and Dito for security reasons. If the Philippines makes a unilateral declaration of neutrality in its constitution, can it expect the rest of the world to comply with that declaration? Of course, it cannot do that because it does not bind them, because they are not involved in the declaration.