Philippines' independent foreign policy

Does the Philippines have an independent foreign policy, as called for by the constitution? Can this ideal be realized? Is it a goal that remains valid under present circumstances and emergent realities?

Sovereignty is one of the four elements that make up a state. Having an independent foreign policy, a manifestation of external sovereignty, is crucial in defining a country’s national interests and developing strategies in how to pursue them. Without an independent foreign policy, a country would remain an appendage, a proxy or a pawn of whoever controls its foreign policy. The Philippines should forge an independent foreign policy. Its positions or stances on international issues, such as trade, migration, regional and global security threats should be aligned and in consonance with its national interests. The country should also reflect these national interests in the course of its dealings with other countries.

The interests of nations may compete, but they are not always zero-sum games where parties either win or lose all big time! The challenge for the Philippines should be finding the confluence where its interests also jive with the interests of other countries. Find similarities and downplay differences. Compromise, bargain and haggle - but not from a position of subservience or weakness where the room for maneuverability is too tight.