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  • A Nobleman for Peace: Former President Fidel Ramos on the U.S.–Philippines Alliance

    Relations between the United States and the Philippines remain strong, said former President Fidel Ramos of the Republic of the Philippines at Heritage on Wednesday. He referred to the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the two countries, saying the people of the Philippines consider the U.S. a “strong ally,” “valuable partner,” and a part of the “extended Filipino family.”

    Ramos stressed the importance of the MDT during a time when China currently claims the South China Sea. The MDT calls on the U.S. to join the Philippines against “common dangers,” such as an attack on Philippine territory or property. China, a “fast-growing comprehensive power,” wants to threaten America’s security guarantees, Ramos stated. Though tension progresses on the South China Sea, such an issue does not necessarily lead to war, he said. The U.S. must remain vigilant and maintain a power balance in relation to China.

    Ramos later turned his focus to the “real enemies” of mankind, naming issues such as climate change, poverty, hunger, disease, privation, lack of water, and “persistence of ignorance.” Instead of fighting against one another, countries should join forces and fight together. Rather than arguing, he said, the goal should be “enduring peace and sustainable development,” because it is our duty to create a “better future for mankind.” Ramos said that the greatest hope is in young people to fight for human rights and the rule of law.

    Sharing with the audience a piece of Filipino culture, he stated that the noblest way for a soldier to die is in combat by an enemy bullet. However, Ramos said there is another death that is more admirable for him: death from living to an old age, paying taxes responsibly, raising a family, and remaining a good citizen. This goal, together with striving for peace and development, appears to be something that Ramos has a good chance in achieving—to be remembered as a man fighting for peace.

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    2 Responses to A Nobleman for Peace: Former President Fidel Ramos on the U.S.–Philippines Alliance

    1. Mabuballah says:

      Let's see if I got this "more admirable death" straight:
      – "from living to an old age" — here, we're working on it!
      – "paying taxes responsibly" — well, I guess anyone trying to achieve that "old age" whilst insisting on "paying taxes responsibly" is almost certain to die along the way.
      – "raising a family" — I bet Mom and Pop could relate!
      – "remaining a good citizen" — on top of all the rest? You've got to be kidding!

    2. Putanginamo says:

      Not only “NO” but “HELL NO” ! We should give this ungrateful nation NOTHING. The entire time I lived in or dealt with the Philippines all I heard was that we were directly responsible for the prostitution in this country. Well it was YOUR country and you could have closed every bar at any time but your government didn’t. Then we left (oppose you claim you threw us out) and guess what ? Prostitution and corruption is alive and well to this day ! So much for that theory. So I say NOTHING for your lousy country ever again from us. I would rather see our dollars going to a country like Thailand where people have honor unlike Filipinos. Yea sure we’ll build another couple of bases for you so you can turn them into resorts for your corrupt officials …..ya right. The Philippines is scared to death now and needs protection so they call us. Screw them !

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