A government in a predominantly Catholic country is a bigger lie than the Philippine government itself, according to a report published in the journal Global Affairs.
The report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) argues that a Christian-run government in Mindanao, which is a member of the Philippine Association of Southeast Asian Nations (PAASAN), is a political and social disaster for the region.
“What we see here is not the Philippines, but a Christian dictatorship, which will inevitably be in power for at least the next 30 years,” said Benjamin P. Stone, CEPR’s associate director of research.
“The problem is that the Philippine Constitution was created and amended to protect Christians from the tyranny of a Christian majority government,” he added.
Stone said that while the Philippines may have “a reputation as an anti-imperialist country,” the country has been one of the biggest donors to US-backed dictatorships around the world.
In 2015, the Philippines donated more than $8 billion to the US-supported regime in Saudi Arabia.
The Philippines has been a US military base since 1946, and the US Navy has used Mindanaon since 1964.
The Philippines’ military bases in the region have been used by the US to carry out joint military exercises with China, and by other regional powers.
In 2014, the US sent a number of naval ships to the Philippines to monitor the country’s defence against China’s rising assertiveness.
In its report, the CEPR says that the Philippines’ “government is not only corrupt and ineffective, it is also a huge lie, a lie that is being spread in the West as a whole.”
It adds that the “government lies to the world about its military capabilities and about the threats it poses to other countries and to the security of the United States.”
“The Philippines government is a threat to peace and security in the world, and a threat that we have been preparing to face for decades,” Stone said.