The Philippine Sovereignty or So Over in Thee?
Nicole Rose D. Fenita
Throughout the campaign season, many political and international relations experts have articulated their sentiments on what the position of the succeeding Philippine regime, through its foreign policies, would look like if a particular presidential aspirant is chosen. In the last six years of the Duterte administration, the country’s foreign policy has drastically shifted its course and intention towards mounting a much friendlier relationship with communist countries, particularly China and Russia while depriving its associations with the traditional partners. That action has caused a repercussion, especially with the ruled arbitration on the West Philippine Sea, and generally the South China Sea dispute. With Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos seen as the closest candidate that flexibly bolsters up the so-called “Beijing-friendly foreign relations” who also happens to be a controversial candidate, the query now goes off “how the Philippines would play along the international arena?”