Philippines Not ‘Breaking Away’ from U.S. Despite Duterte Remarks, Says Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay (Don’t Believe What The Country’s President is Saying….)

By Julie M. Aurelio
Philippine Daily Inquirer
05:32 PM September 29th, 2016

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay speaks with the media outside a restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Yasay is in Vietnam accompanying Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s two-day visit to the country. (Kham/Pool Photo via AP)

HANOI, Vietnam—Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said the presidential pronouncement to end military drills with the United States does not mean the Philippines is breaking away from its American ally.

In a press briefing on Thursday, Yasay stressed that President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration does not mean cancellation of any agreement or treaty with the U.S.
“It only means that when the Mutual Defense Board (MDB) in the future will make that recommendation, he will most likely, on the basis of what he said now, not allow joint military exercises,” he said.

On Wednesday night, Duterte told Filipino professionals here that he is ending the country’s joint war games with the US, with which the Philippines has a 65-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).

Yasay initially claimed that he did not hear the President make the pronouncement, but he admitted that he may have been “too sleepy” because of jetlag.

“You should not take this as … breaking away from our close friendship with the U.S. or breaking away from our commitments and treaty arrangement with the US,” he pointed out.

The MDB evaluates and recommends on an annual basis the need to undertake joint military drills with the US in accordance with the MDT.

Yasay said the MDB recommended to then President Benigno Aquino III that joint drills be held in 2017.

“In my understanding that will take place because that has already been decided upon,” he said. RAM/rga

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (R) reviews the guard of honour with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam September 29, 2016.REUTERS/Kham

 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) shakes hands with China’s ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua, at the Heroes Cemetery in Taguig, south of Manila, in August. Photo: EPA

 (On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said China “nine dash line claim” in the South China Sea was not valid. The court was also highly critical of China’s environmental destruction in the South China Sea.) (See Below)

China dredger Tian Jing Hao. Dozens of dredges like this have been and are being used in China’s environmental rape of the South China Sea and island building.

Reef debris after destruction by a Chinese super dredge

 (This    article has links to several  others related to environmental issues in the South China Sea).

A green sea turtle is seen off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

A green sea turtle.(Reuters)

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One Response to “Philippines Not ‘Breaking Away’ from U.S. Despite Duterte Remarks, Says Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay (Don’t Believe What The Country’s President is Saying….)”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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