The Philippines is too dependent to be truly independent

In order for the Philippines to be neutral, it must exhibit political, economical and military clout on its own. All of these it couldn’t even pretend it has even when granted its “Independence.”

Its location is vital for the US as a buffer towards encroaching China. That alone is enough for them whereas the Philippines is essentially enslaved to the Yanks because who else provides them with military tech? We don’t develop our own weapons, that’s for sure.

The history of the country also impedes the chances of true neutrality. Several decades under the “patronship” of superpowers and empires, the government is too inept to take care of its people and infrastructure. As soon as the ties get cut, the government will soon play beggar to whoever will give them handouts.

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