Anong Ibig Sabihin Ng War Surplus Agreement
On February 11, 2020, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte officially announced at the U.S. Embassy in Manila that he would terminate the pact, the termination will take effect in 180 days, unless otherwise agreed during that period. In the past, Duterte has admired both Russian forces and the Chinese People`s Liberation Army, although the Philippines and China are involved in a dispute over sovereignty over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.  In June 2020, the Philippine government reversed this decision and announced the continuation of the agreement.  We are also told that the U.S. facilities at Subic Bay are the main port, training area, and support and maintenance logistics base to support U.S. air and naval operations in the Pacific, South China Sea, and Indian Ocean. To underscore this point, we are cautioned against the Russian military installations at Cam Ranh Bay and their air force in Da Nang, which are only an hour`s flight from the Philippines. There are attempts to present us with the number of Soviet warships, submarines, aircraft and other offensive weapons. We are also warned against the rise of Soviet power in the Pacific, given that the island states known as the South Pacific Forum have lifted their ban on Russian vessels and the Gilbert Archipelago has signed a fisheries agreement with the Soviets, with Vanuatu and Fiji considering similar agreements.
We are also warned that even if the US were to move its bases to Wake Islands or Yap Islands, we would still be in the center of the line from there to Cam Ranh Bay and Da Nang. No one should be surprised that there are differences on the provisions of the proposed charter. The unanimity of opinion is not human. It smells like diktat. But to leave the Commission because one`s own opinions do not prevail or withdraw in the blink of an eye is to violate the fundamental concept of appointment to the body: to argue one`s own case at best, but, if one is in the minority, to stick to the decision of the majority. Unless you can prove, of course, that the majority was forced or bought. Let the minority express their views coherently as much as possible and, if they are rejected, air them in the press. They can thus be heard and influence, if not the deliberations of the Commission, the people during the referendum that would be held to approve or reject the project. .