WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama assured President Aquino of the US government’s support for Philippine efforts to build a minimum credible defense posture.
We can't stop there. We have to ask when, where, how and, if we're feeling rather cocky, how much?
The United States does not want to take sides in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) territorial disputes. If that is so, the United States can play "third party auditor" and keep the contending parties in the West Philippine Sea disputes from getting into direct confrontations.
There must be a performance audit of the Philippines' security agreements with the United States and other countries to see whether these are doing the country any good amid threats posed by China's increasing aggressiveness in the West Philippine Sea.
If we can't get anything from these agreements, why should we still have these agreements?