Peace, Freedom at the Core of Foreign Policy

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Peace, Freedom at the Core of Foreign Policy


SUGGESTIONS that the government review its foreign policy may be timely but certainly not because of the Angelo de la Cruz incident that drew belligerent antagonisms from our closest allies.

The range of foreign policy issues is far too wide and discreet to be determined by that, although it may be relevant as has been pointed out by some more perceptive Congress leaders.

In seeking reconsideration of the countrys foreign policy, emphasis has been made on the interest, welfare, and safety of Filipinos wherever they may be.

This was the view expressed by Senator Manuel Villar, until recently chairman of the Senate foreign affairs committee, who thinks that "we now need to craft a foreign policy that takes care of the millions of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) in the Middle East."

But he said we should maintain bilateral relations with other countries without being subservient to them.

He particularly mentioned the United States, Britain, and Australia.

In seeking to forge a new agenda for the nations foreign relations it is necessary that it should be based on mutual cooperation and trust, balancing interests fairly between us and our partners.

That is the essential content of foreign policy the explicit signification of todays evolving new diplomacy.

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