On the 'end' of US relations, joining Russia-China 'axis'
October 21, 2016
Foreign policy rebalancing should not mean that we swing the pendulum to the other extreme, that we dump old friends for new suitors. We should practice big-tent diplomacy, welcoming all, and shunning no one. The national interest is served by extending amity to all, and hostility to none. In rewriting the country’s foreign policy playbook, the President can perhaps pick up a few pointer
Any drastic shift in our foreign policy direction should be well-thought-out and not simply blurted out. It should be a product of deep study and wide discussion. Because of its far-reaching implications, it cannot be an announce now, study later thing. ... See MoreSee Less
Yes, our relations with the United States may not be perfect, but a country which has illegally built a great wall of sand in our seas is not, and far from, the epitome of a good friend either. ... See MoreSee Less
SEN. RECTO: Ano yung pinakaimportanteng project o engineering na pwede ninyong umpisahan next year? Kasi kahit ibigay natin itong emergency power, kung walang funding source, wala rin.
USEC. DE GUZMAN: Sa road sector po, ang immediately na nakikita namin na makaka-address ng traffic, ay 'yung construction ng integrated terminals (South & Southwest).
SEN. RECTO: Halimbawa sa South, saan?
USEC. LONTOC: 'Yun pong sa South, 'yun po 'yung nasa sa FTI, doon po magteterminate 'yung mga provincial bus.
SEN. RECTO: Tapos na 'yan hindi ba? Na-bid-out na 'yan eh. Through PPP (Public-Private Partnership) 'yan?
USEC. LONTOC: Opo.
SEN. RECTO: So, tapos na 'yan, ginagawa na 'yan. Wala na tayo magagawa jan. Pero 'yung BRT ba aabot dun?
USEC. LONTOC: 'Yun pong sa C5 may connection po doon, may gagawin po tayong BRT sa C5. Pero sa ngayon po ay--
SEN. RECTO: Malayo pa. Wala pa sa listahan n'yo yun eh. Kasi dapat kung may terminal 'yan, pagbaba mo, sasakay ka ng city bus or, in this case, BRT (Bus Rapid Transit).
USEC. LONTOC: Opo.
SEN. RECTO: So malabo pa 'yon. Matagal pa 'yan.
USEC. LONTOC: Opo. Mayroon po kaming interim na pwedeng gawin in the meantime na wala pa 'yung BRT ng C5, at 'yun po 'yung ginagawa naming rationalization ng--
SEN. RECTO: I hope you are correct in what you are doing here ha? Kasi once this infrastructure is already constructed, at mali, hindi na natin mababago 'yan. That is the point I'm trying to drive at here. Kapag nagkamali tayo jan, lintik-lintik ang aabutin natin, 'di ho ba? But I'll leave that, the expertise, to you.
SEN. RECTO: Of the P1.3 trillion, roughly, alin yung may funding source sa GAA (General Appropriations Act) next year?
USEC. DE GUZMAN: Ito po yung may funding sources: P19.7 billion for the existing GAA budgets, 2015 and 2016. 2017 naman po, we also identified--and beyond-- P227 billion. Iyon ang pinoprograma pa po namin, until 2017 and beyond. Kasi ngayon pong 2017, ang naapprove lang sa amin na infra projects is about P39 billion.
SEN. RECTO: Correct. And of the P39 billion, ano yung para sa EDSA?
USEC. DE GUZMAN: Ah 'yung pong portion doon, 'yung sa BRT (Bus Rapid Transit). ‘Yung preliminary study, feasibility study pa lang po.
SEN. RECTO: So ngayon, feasibility study lang pala. Paano ‘pag lumabas sa study, hindi s’ya pala feasible?
USEC. DE GUZMAN: Baka irerevise po ‘yung plano, to make it more responsive to the needs sa EDSA traffic po.
SEN. RECTO: And that's precisely the point eh. Mayroon tayong mga resolution na finile, Mayroon na tayong inaprubahan na Master Plan supposed to be, di ba? 'Yung JICA plan, transport plan in Metro Manila.
USEC. DE GUZMAN: Yes, your honor. The BRT is part of that plan. Let me correct, your honor, that the BRT in EDSA pala ay nasa detailed engineering design stage na po.
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto is a competent, dedicated and diplomatic public servant. His devotion to family and community, unrelenting desire to make a better life for others, consummate passion for his work, and interactive leadership style serve as the firm foundation upon which he built a reputation as a young and committed leader whether as a legislator or a national executive.