‘Don’t be a puppet of US,’ analyst tells Aquino government


Ramon Casiple. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – A political analyst on Monday called on the government not to be a puppet of whoever will win the United States’ presidential elections.

While the presidential race between President Barack Obama or Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney would have an effect to the country, Ramon Casiple said the government must ensure that it would not become a puppet of the US.

“Ang importante, anuman ang maging outcome niyan, tiyakin natin na hindi tayo sunud-sunuran sa kanila (The important things is that whatever the outcome is, let’s make sure that we will not become a puppet),” Casiple, the executive director of the Institute for Political and Economic Reforms, said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

“In the case of President Obama, mabigat ang ginawa niyang policy shift—at nasa sentro nito ang Southeast Asia,” he added.

Romney, meanwhile, had more aggressive plans for foreign policy, which Casiple said, appeared to be directed at China.

“Again, tayo din ang maaapektuhan dun dahil hindi naman tayo naghahabol ng giyera sa China (Again, we will be affected by it since we don’t want to wage war against China),” he said.

Casiple likened Romney’s similarly aggressive methods to protect the economic interest of the US which could entail military build-up to a child playing with fire.

“Delikado ito ano, para bang bata na naglaro ng apoy, baka masunog ang bahay (This is dangerous. It’s  like a child playing with fire. The house might get burn),” he further said.

A boost in the US military’s activities when it came to international relations would affect the Philippines’ relationship with its Southeast Asian neighbors and China with whom it is still negotiating a territorial dispute.

For more of the interview, listen to Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • joboni96

    sabi ko naman sa iyo
    if you’re reading

    pareho lang ang
    imperyalistang u.s. at
    hegemonistang intsik switik

    parehong salot sa pilipino

    ikaw kontrolado pa ng
    miseducation mo mula sa u.s.
    at kanilang mass media

    kaya ka kolonisadong utak

    ako pro pilipino
    nagsusulong ng interes ng pilipino

    join ka na
    iwaksi mo na
    kolonisadong utak mong
    red commie as the only bogeyman pa rin

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks




latest videos