WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – How the world turns! The most powerful country in the world and once colonizer of a tiny archipelago in Asia is now head over heels when it comes to a third-world country, the Philippines.
Take it from The Washington Post. It is reporting that U.S. President Joe Biden is now “courting” the son of a “dictator he once opposed.”
That son, of course, is President Bongbong Marcos who is now in the U.S. for a state visit no other Philippine leader has undertaken in over a decade.
Clearly, the Post knows the reason behind the courtship: strategic staging ground for the U.S. military amid the escalating territorial dispute between China and other countries in Asia, including the Philippines.
Recently, Marcos, Jr. added four sites in his country to be used by America as part of the latter’s military expansion. This, under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) which already previously gave the U.S. access to five sites to be used as bases.
Filipinos are rejoicing over the Post report, amused at the idea that their former Uncle Sam is finally walking on his knees to try to get concessions he needs to maintain powerful influence in the Asia Pacific region.