The $30 million the United States has reportedly offered to boostthe Philippines” defense capabilities is insultinglyinsufficient, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said Sunday. Enrile said the amount was a pittance to the “benefits”the United States had been getting from the Philippines, adding hewould reject it if he were President Benigno Aquino III. ” Kung $30 million lang, kung ako ang gobyerno ni Pangulong Aquino,sasabihin ko, ‘Thank you but I don”t need $30 million, we canprovide that $30 million for ourselves,” he said in aninterview on dzBB radio. He said the amount was an “insult,” as if thePhilippines were begging for alms. ” Ano yan, parang nagpapalimos tayo. Ford DVD Sat Nav
Ang laki ng pakinabang nila (What”s that? It”s as if we were begging for alms. TheUS benefited much from us),” he said. Last Thursday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosariodisclosed the US has committed to double the initial $15 million inForeign Military Financing (FMF) allocation for the Philippines to$30 million for the fiscal year 2012. Del Rosario also said the Philippines has asked the US to supplythe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with patrol boats andaircraft as well as radar systems amid a month-old territorialdispute with China at the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal. China Mazda Sat Nav DVD
When asked if the Philippines deserved more in terms of aid, Enrilesaid, “I consider my country something worth fighting for,and America must honor her commitment to us.” “If indeed and I think America is an honorable country, theymust honor their military commitment to us under our treatyarrangement. If they don”t, what is the use of having them asan ally?” he added. Enrile said what is left now for Filipinos is to develop their owndefense capability. ” Wala tayong ibang maasahan para magkaroon ng seguridad bilang isangbansa kagaya natin. Toyota Sat Nav DVD Manufacturer
Tayong mga Pilipino, dapat isipin natin walangibang tutulong sa atin kundi sarili natin. Paggastusan natin angseguridad ng bansa natin at pangalagaan ang resources ng bansanatin, ” he said. (We cannot rely on anyone but ourselves in ensuring our nationalsecurity. No one else can help Filipinos but Filipinos themselves.We must spend for our own security and for taking care of our ownresources).
He said the country cannot even rely on its colleagues in theAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations in terms of security, as faras its territorial row with China is concerned. Enrile said ASEAN members have trade relations with China and willlikely act according to their own interests. “Ang mga yan may kanya-kanyang interest yan… meron silangtrade relations sa China, marami ring negosyo ang China sa kanila,sila maraming negosyo sa China,” he said. — LBG, GMA News.