OPINION: Use BBL and CCT funds to defend our sovereignty in the Spratlys?

01.07.2016
Foreign Affairs Security Politics Economy

Firebrand journalist Rigoberto Tiglao proposes that we use the failed Conditional Cash Transfer funds and half of the sizeable Bangsamo Basic Law grant funds toward building a credible defense deterrence in the Spratlys Islands.

Firebrand journalist Rigoberto Tiglao proposes that we use the failed Conditional Cash Transfer funds and half of the sizeable Bangsamo Basic Law grant funds toward building a credible defense deterrence in the Spratlys Islands. 

Is this workable? Which is the more urgent threat to Philippine sovereignty --- separatism or disputed territories? Is it even productive to frame the situation in this way and to compare the two? Additionally, see Tiglao’s other column and the Inquirer’s piece below to answer the question: who “sold” or “lost” our sovereignty in the Spratlys?

Read the full article below then let us know in our comments section what your take on this proposal is, and what we should first do regarding our sovereign claims. 

 

Rigoberto D. Tiglao, “Use ‘BBL’ and CCT funds to defend our Kalayaan sovereignty,” The Manila Times

http://www.manilatimes.net/use-bbl-and-cct-funds-to-defend-our-kalayaan-sovereignty/198416/ 

Rodel Rodis, "What did Estrada and Arroyo promise China?" Inquirer

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/100728/what-did-erap-and-gma-promise-china 

Rigoberto D. Tiglao, “Aquino, the first President to lose Philippine territory,” The Manila Times

http://www.manilatimes.net/aquino-the-first-president-to-lose-philippine-territory/188031/

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