By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – A Filipino American lawyer has demanded that CBS apologize for the “highly negative” and unflattering portrayal in the political drama, “Madame Secretary, of the
Philippine President Rody Duterte, which is a “grave insult to our nation and to the Filipino people.”
On the other hand, a friend of the Filipino people said the political drama, “Madame Secretary,” suggested it must have been President Obama’s government which “commissioned” the CBS to concoct such episode “as revenge for the manner in which President Duterte put many issues in their rightful place, employing quite appropriate language very justified by an equally justified anger."
Rev. Arnedo S. Valera, chairperson of newly formed US Pinoys for Real Change in the Philippines (USPRCP), said, “The least that CBS and or the writer of this episode can do is to issue a short apology. While asking for short apology by CBS As inversely proportional to the "damage impact" of the inherent integrity of the Office of the President and the entire Phil. government he represents, this "arrogantly made episode, is a grave insult to our nation and to the Filipino people.” Please see full text of his press statement in our Netditorial section: CBS OWES THE FILIPINO NATION AN APOLOGY
Roger Maslon, a Polish-born and raised in Latin America but married to a Filipina, said the episode was assembled by Obama government to “deflect attention from turning a blind eye to Chinese projection into the South China Sea and their creation of islands that are nothing less than military forward operating aero naval bases.” Please Mr. Maslon's full comment posted at the end of this story: "PHILIPPINE EMBASSY DISAPPOINTED OVER THE SHOWING OF 'MADAME SECRETARY'".
Mr. Valera, a lawyer by profession, said the episode is an “utter disrespect on how the Philippines conducts its foreign affairs.
As everybody knows, the Philippines is pursuing an independent foreign policy enshrined in Art. 2 of the Philippine Constitution. There is nothing new to this. This has been our foreign policy since the 1987 Philippine Constitution was ratified under President Corazon Aquino.
NATIONAL INTEREST NOT IDENTICAL WITH ANOTHER COUNTRY
In a nutshell, "as a member of a non-aligned country, we are free to establish relationship with all countries in the world taking into account the national and paramount interests of our nation and people. And usually our national interest is not identical with the national interest of the country we have a relationship," Valera said.
But the basic and common sense foreign policy that Philippines should adopt is: If superpowers like US, China , Russia and other rich and powerful countries can enter and engage into billions of dollars and euros in commerce and trade, why can't the Philippines?
Despite the insult, Valera said, the more than seven decades of US-PH relations remain strong based on military and security agreements, commerce and trade and most importantly, our people to people relationships.
But we must support the pursuit of an independent foreign policy (not articulated as severance of foreign relations, but more dictated by nationalism with the paramount interests of the Philippines as first in the agenda).
He said, “as Fil Ams, we know that our more than seven decades of US-PH relations remain strong on three grounds -- military and security agreements, commerce and trade and most importantly, our people to people relationships. But we must support the pursuit of an independent foreign policy (not articulated as severance of foreign relations, but more dictated by nationalism with the paramount interests of the Philippines as first in the agenda).”
He said, ‘fiction is fiction” And yes, we must have our collective voices heard on this matter in the framework of "engaging CBS in a Constructive Dialogue" supposedly in the spirit of promoting a healthy US-PH relationship now and in the future. And we are stakeholders to this from the perspective of our long-standing people to people relationship with our brothers and sisters of this great nation.
In addressing and redressing this national dignity issue like this CBS episode, it is important that we are guided by honesty, humility and humanity. And we must always rise up to any occasion to advocate and defend our cultural and national dignity of our country as a people, including us , the Filipino Diaspora.