For most of the people in the Philippines, the “war on terror” of the Bush administration was morally and lawfully justified. All media networks were more than enthusiastic about posting Bin Laden’s bearded poster side by side with the local Abu Sayaff bandits responsible for showing ISIL fighters how to effectively do it.
The United States was required to pay just a paltry amount for an environmental crime and violation of the Philippines’ sovereignty. That’s what critics are saying of the U.S. payout to the Philippines as compensation for damages a U.S. Navy minesweeper caused to a World Heritage-listed coral reef two years ago. Continue reading US Pays Out ‘Peanuts’ for Eco-Crime Committed in Philippines