The Correct Context
The Aquino defense program is rational and strong. And it is peaceful.
Senator Santiago needs to propose an alternative before she prances and dances before the sensationalist media undermining Philippine well-being by chopping at one of its basic support beams.
For me, the VFA matter is no big deal. Let the US amend the Philippine VFA to allow the Philippines to hold accused Filipino troops during the trial period. This does not require an act of Congress and it will not drive Americans into the street humiliated that they no longer have any sovereignty.
Then let’s get on with building mutually beneficial alliances and the training that helps the Philippines to build a professional defense force.