Julio S. Amador III, Aries A. Arugay, Charmaine M. Willoughby, & Justin Keith Baquisal

21 Dec 2020

In partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung-Philippines,​ ARS Senior Advisors Dr. Charmaine Willoughby and Dr. Aries Arugay, ARS CEO Julio Amador, and Justin Keith Baquisal explores the nuances surrounding the national security priorities of the Philippine strategic community. This report is a partnership endeavor between the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Amador Research Services.

Recommended citations:

APA: Amador, J. S. III et al. (2020). "National Security Agenda of the Philippines: Perceptions from the Filipino Strategic Community." Amador Research Services.

CMOS: Amador, Julio S. III, Aries A. Arugay, Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby, and Justin Keith Baquisal. "National Security Agenda of the Philippines: Perceptions from the Filipino Strategic Community." Amador Research Services (2020).

Research Questions
- What are the national security priorities as envisioned by members of the Philippine strategic community?
- What are the factors behind the variation of the identified national security priorities of national security issues by members of the Philippine strategic community?
- What are recommendations of the Philippine strategic community for a future national security agenda for the the country?

Key Findings
1. The Philippine strategic community is cognizant of the Philippine government's national security strategies and policies.
2. The Philippine strategic community values internal security threats with high degree.
3. The Philippine strategic community are not fully convinced that the national government has made strides in addressing national security issues.
4. The Philippine strategic community continues to place significant valuation in the country's traditional allies for security partnerships.
5. The Philippine strategic community remains convinced of the reformist stance of the Armed Forces of the Philippines but prefers for the armed forces to fully commit to an externally-oriented defense management.

National Security Priorities and Agenda in the Philippines