“Don’t treat the President like a mushroom – kept in the dark and fed with S*^t.”
On this note, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson scored the great disservice done to the nation by those responsible for feeding the President false information on the exclusion of the Philippines by the European Union from the vaccine distribution.
The EU had reassured that the Philippines is exempted from such an export ban.
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.