Home NATIONWIDE Pinas labas sa pag-aalinlangan sa FTA – US sen

Pinas labas sa pag-aalinlangan sa FTA – US sen

MANILA, Philippines- Walang kinalaman ang Pilipinas sa pag-aatubili ng United States na isulong ang free trade agreement (FTA) sa bansa, bagkus sa domestic politics ng Western nation, ayon sa isang American senator nitong Biyernes.

Sa panayam sa Makati hotel, sinabi ni Democrat Senator Christopher Coons na mayroong “strong opponents in both the Republican and the Democratic Party” sa anumang bagong FTA.

Hindi umano isang “isolated case” ang Pilipinas, aniya.

“I have voted for free trade agreements in the past and I personally would favorably consider a free trade agreement between the US and the Philippines as a way to really strengthen our economic partnership,” giit ng senador.

“But there are strong opponents in both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party to any new FTA in the world. Our politics generally around trade have become more protectionist. Our past president was probably the most protectionist in a hundred years and it has really changed some of the dynamics around free trade in the United States Congress,” dagdag niya.

Umaasa si Coons na maipakikita ng resulta ng darating na US presidential at congressional elections ang susundin nilang direksyon.

“This has almost nothing to do with the Philippines. It has to do with domestic politics in the United States,” wika ng opisyal.

“Over 30 years, millions and millions of Americans lost their jobs in manufacturing as manufacturing businesses got packed up and get shipped off to China, and it produced very deep anger in the United States and very deep resentment against free trade and the costs and consequences,” paliwanag niya.

Inaasahan na ng Department of Trade and Industry na hindi makikibahagi ang US sa FTA talks sa kasagsagan o nalalapit na presidential election, subalit sinabing ipagpapatuloy ng Pilipinas ang agresibong pagsusulong ng trade pact.

“Even the congressional delegations that have been visiting the Philippines, even the individual members of Congress and who have been discussing it, there is strong support for the FTA,” pahayag ni Trade Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo sa pulong kamakailan kasama ang Filipino journalists sa New York City. “That’s why we are hopeful that as soon as maybe early next year, we will again take this up with the US.” RNT/SA