Nothing wrong with Philippines procuring arms from Israel the way Singapore did in the 1960s

The way the Yellowtard-led Philippine Opposition issue their shrill “commentary” on the on-going visit of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Israel, you’d think that their government is up to something “evil”. Some of this speculative commentary even revolves around the possibility that Duterte’s government is procuring arms from Israel because the US had “frozen arms sales” to the Philippines.

Even if that were true, it’s not like there is anything wrong with seeking alternative suppliers as the Singapore government under Lee Kuan Yew had done in the past when it built its armed forces in the 1960s in partnership with Israel “after India, Egypt and Britain declined” to assist.

In 1965 Israel sent a military delegation led by Col.Yaakov Elazari and later by Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, who years later would be the defense minister. The Israeli advisers advised Singapore to form an army based on the IDF’s experience, tactics and doctrines.

To conceal the presence of their nationality the Israeli advisers were locally referred to as the “Mexicans.”

After forming the armed forces, Israel began supplying Singapore with weapons of all sorts and, according to foreign reports, it continues to do so today. According to these reports, the arms deals have included patrol and missile boats, upgrading of fighter planes, intelligence equipment, missiles and control and command centers.

Secrecy when it comes to military procurement and supply is also normal as can be observed in the sort of relationship the Singaporean and Israeli governments conduct transactions under this relationship…

Since the Defense Ministry doesn’t name the countries that purchase weapons from Israel, it is unknown what the export volume to Singapore was. But if all the deals, as reported in the foreign media, are added up, it is possible to conclude that Israel has sold Singapore over the years weapons worth billions of dollars.

The Philippine Opposition led by the Yellowtards are, quite simply, lacking in sufficient substance to comment on the deeper implications of Duterte’s visit to Israel. They cover this up by appealing to emotionally-charged non-sequiturs.

Think of how Tel Aviv David Ben-Gurion airport was named and realise: We must rename NAIA back to Manila Int’l Airport!

Isreael’s Tel Aviv International Airport where Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte landed today is named after their first Prime Minister, the eminent David Ben-Gurion. Who is Ben-Gurion? Here is a brief background on this great man…

Ben-Gurion led Israel during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and united the various Jewish militias into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Subsequently, he became known as “Israel’s founding father”.[2]

Following the war, Ben-Gurion served as Israel’s first Prime Minister and Minister of Defense. As Prime Minister, he helped build the state institutions, presiding over various national projects aimed at the development of the country. He also oversaw the absorption of vast numbers of Jews from all over the world.

Now have a think. Who was Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr after whom the Philippines’ premiere international airport in Manila is named?

What did Ninoy do?

There are definitely better people after whom a country’s premiere international airport could be named — people who actually achieved or built something. People who actually won something for his country.

[Photo credit: Pia Gutierrez.]