It only shows a significant shift in the country’s foreign policy under the Duterte administration, which is apparently a declaration of independence from the influence of the west, i.e. US and EU, who are using grants and trade as the proverbial stick and carrot.
It also speaks volumes about the President’s determined position to stand up against the traditional patrons of former colonies like the Philippines.
I am not ready to say this early if this is the right direction of our foreign policy. Only time can tell if it will do our country right or not, or if it is all worth giving a chance to be tested.
If only we do not have a territorial dispute with China, it is easier to concede that it is all worth the gamble.