Foreign Policy Pillar of security.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)

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Foreign Policy Pillar of security.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)


PRESIDENT GMA in a recent well-prepared speech to a Filipino and foreign audience outlined her foreign policy thrusts i.e., basically it touched on the importance that her government places on the relations that we have with the US, Japan as well as the emerging giant the PROC, EU, our neighbors in ASEAN,

countries in the Moslem world, and the importance of millions of Filipinos who are overseas workers or citizens of foreign countries. Together with foreign relations, there are many fields where diplomacy must be harnessed to maximize investment and taxation, immigration, employment, protection of nationals, as well as cooperation in the field of peace and order especially in the fight against international terrorism.

In an article that I wrote some time ago, I discussed that part of the reason that England eventually became a world power was because of its foreign policy which was implemented by an excellent foreign service. Medium-sized countries like our own have to make the best use of circumstances in order to survive and succeed in a highly competitive world business and trade environment. Modern diplomacy is no longer confined merely to national security concerns but more on the generation of trade and commerce, investments and employment among and between countries. As part of our country's preparations to conduct and implement foreign policy, there must be a strong but compact body of academicians, businessmen, civil servants (including the AFP), strategists and politicians who must continuously make studies and action plans in order to address situations and problems in an ever changing world and domestic environment. The said body experts must project or anticipate future events which may or may not happen at all. In addition, these experts must provide plans of action if and when the event happens, which may be revised as the situation develops. There can be no doubt that the conduct of foreign policy is of paramount importance thus, the Guingona affair to say the least could have been better handled. Hopefully, it is all over.

The PGMA EDSA II administration was installed in power by a middle class led people power revolution that was supported by the AFP. The personalities who are now enjoying the privileges and the perks of their temporary power that was granted to them by the sovereign people should never forget that they rode on the crest of public outrage against a regime that was perceived to be corrupt, inept and immoral. …

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