Former De La Salle History Professor Van Ybiernas has taken to socmed to shares his personal opinion regarding VFA vis-a-vis Chinese aggression in West PH Sea.
In a Facebook post, Ybiernas minces no words in saying that the VFA has no visible effect on Chinese aggression. He cited the Panatag Shoal Standoff 2012 where it did stop the Chinese from acting aggressive. “VFA has had no visible effect on Chinese aggression in WPS. People seem to forget that VFA was in force during the Scarborough/Panatag Shoal Standoff in 2012 and had absolutely no deterring effect on Chinese aggression.”
Ybiernas admitted the VFA has some financial benefit for the Philippines but their continued presence does not justify American intrusion in our local affairs. “Yes, VFA has some financial benefit for us. But it’s nowhere near enough to justify American intrusion on our domestic affairs. The opposition likes to remove the context of American revocation of Senator de la Rosa’s and other police generals’ US visa. It was not because of what these officials did personally, rather as a consequence of public policy. Thus, the revocation is a clear cut case of American interference in our domestic affairs.”
Ybiernas remarked that the PH financial loss is not nearly great as it used to because the PH economy has grown tremendously while American aid did not increase. “Moreover, the financial loss is not nearly as great as it used to be because the Philippine economy grew but American aid did not increase proportionately. So the impact of American aid to our economy is not as substantial as it used to be. Only private entities that have financial benefits from American aid will be adversely affected by this. For the most part, these are organizations that have connections with the political opposition or are generally critical of the Duterte government. No harm done, in short.”
Ybiernas admitted that VFA termination will deprive us of vital US intelligence but they do not share vital intelligence out of generosity. They do so to manipulate us. “Sure, it shall also deprive us of vital US intelligence. But do not be naive to think that the US gladly shares with us ALL the intelligence they have that could prove useful to us. They share intelligence with us only because they expect us to react to it in a manner that is consistent with their objectives in the region. They do not share vital intelligence out of generosity. They do so to manipulate us.”
Ybiernas agreed with the assertion of Rommel Banlaoi , a political scientist, security analyst, and an international studies expert that loss of intelligence will be offset by the lessening of external threats as a result of our strategic distancing from the US. “I agree with Banlaoi that the loss of intelligence will be offset by the lessening of external threats resulting from our strategic dissociation with the United States and all the baggage that comes with it. Terrorists will LESS LIKELY hit us once we stop being an American ally, for instance.”
Ybiernas wrapped the FB post by posing a question to his readers. For example, why do certains groups or individuals are really oppose of VFA termination? Personal or national interest agenda? “So ask yourself: why do certain individuals and groups REALLY oppose the termination of VFA? Is it really because of national interest or just personal interest?”
Source: Van Ybiernas