Vice President Jejomar Binay over the weekend thanked the United States and Japan for giving military equipment to the Philippines, a move that he said will boost Manila’s military capabilities.
Under his presidency, Binay said, he will always be open to dealing with countries based on what is best for the Philippines’ interests.
He is running for President in the 2016 elections.
“We will always deal and be an ally of countries based on what’s best for our interests. Hindi naman one-way iyon [It’s not a one-way street],” Binay said in Batangas.
He reiterated that the Philippine will always fight for its sovereignity over the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) and that it is “non-negotiable.”
“We will always be fighting for our ownership of those areas [in the South China Sea],” the Vice President said.
During the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Manila, US President Barack Obama announced that he intends to transfer two warships to the Philippine Navy “to bolster the Navy’s ability to conduct long-edurance patrols.”
Meanwhile, Japanese deputy press secretary, Koichi Mizushima, said the Philippines and Japan are working on a deal to transfer military equipment to the Philippines.