REACTION PAPER ON THREATS TO NATIONAL SECURITY
With the events between the United States of America and Syria leading towards a possible world war, never has national security become so vital. There are various factors that pose threats to the sovereignty of our country. Peace talks between President Benigno Aquino III's administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are once again at a standstill, with the MILF having doubts on forging a wealth-sharing deal with the government. The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao has never expressed their desire to be part of the Philippines. The CPP-NPA-NDF (CNN), meanwhile, are having troubles right within their forces. Members of the CNN are no longer listening to the commands of their leader, making it harder for the government to make negotiations and put an end to the war they have waged in the government for so long. Internal conflicts like these weaken our defenses towards any possible external threat, and obviously, do not contribute to improving our national security. Aside from these rebel groups, stories of Filipinos living in extreme poverty, politicians using their pork barrel funds for very questionable non government organizations, etc. are all too familiar in the Filipino setting. Our incapacity to overcome the problems that would surely enhance our defenses gives us an overview of where our country would stand should a war be triggered. Recently, the US and Philippine governments have been conducting talks on increasing the rotational military presence of US forces in our country. I believe that so far, this is the most pressing threat that could befall the Philippines. We are letting an enemy, disguising itself as a friendly ally, enter our country, use our natural and human resources, and make use of our military bases in the sake of a more developed army and faster response in times of calamities and natural disasters. It is such a petty excuse. Forming an agreement with the United States has...
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