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Tuesday, April 29, 2014


NO, US President Barack Obama, who visited Manila Monday and Tuesday, didn’t say that.

But a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, taken from March 27 to 30, showed 79 percent of Filipinos trust the United States.

SWS classified the net trust score of 79 as “excellent,” just three points shy of the record-high score of 83 in December 2013 and a point less than the score of 80 in August 2012.

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Do Filipinos really trust the US or the US dollar?

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There are at least eight million Filipinos living across the US and, more often than not, Filipinos living in the country have relatives or friends in the US.

Hundreds of Filipinos go to the US Embassy in Manila daily to apply for a US visa to visit their relatives and friends. Perhaps those who didn’t trust the US were the ones whose visa applications were denied.

But my Boholano friend said he never had a problem applying for a visa. He said he never wished to become a “TNT” (tago nang tago) and he returns to his hometown every fiesta.

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President Obama has reassured the Philippines the US will honor a treaty obliging American military to come to Manila’s aid against external attack amid tense territorial disputes over the South China Sea.

He said the US’ “commitment to defend the Philippines is ironclad.” “The United States will keep that commitment because allies never stand alone,” Obama said.

Perhaps this is an assurance the US will never leave us and, if they do, the US, like what Gen. Douglas MacArthur said, will return under the forever Visiting Forces Agreement.

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The Philippines is locked in a long-running territorial rift with China over parts of the South China Sea which the Philippine government calls West Philippine Sea.

China’s far-reaching claims extend to seas within the territories of the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

Let’s hope we would not swim alone.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 30, 2014.

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