Philippines president is strong and smart (sometimes silly to many). With the limited resources, you need to take drastic actions. I bet after he found out the US will not help him to defend his country, he told us to fxxk off and negotiated with China. He got a lot of loans that could be far more compensation for the disputed islets.
is a tough country without natural resources but damaging volcanoes. It
is similar to Cuba in many cases. They have a lot of educated citizens -
just look at the number of their doctors. Hong Kong citizens hire a lot
of them to take care of their households. Many decades ago they were
refugees from China to work as servants to the Hong Kong citizens who previously were refugees. Similar to the US?