• PH may end military alliance with US if national interest requires – Yasay

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    A general view of the temporary camp of US marines participating in the live fire exercise as part of the Philippines-US amphibious landing exercise (PHIBLEX) at Crow Valley in Capas town, Tarlac . AFP Photo

    A general view of the temporary camp of US marines participating in the live fire exercise as part of the Philippines-US amphibious landing exercise (PHIBLEX) at Crow Valley in Capas town, Tarlac . AFP Photo

    MANILA is willing to end its military alliance with Washington once it finds that it is no longer in the Philippines’ interest, Foreign Secretary Pefecto Yasay Jr. warned Monday.

    Yasay clarified what President Rodrigo Duterte meant when he said the Philippines would pursue an “independent foreign policy” amid an ongoing spat with the United States.

    In his personal Facebook account, Yasay posted a six-paragraph statement over the weekend, saying an independent foreign policy meant self-reliance and the promotion of national interest.

    The 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with the US is among the international agreements that the Philippines won’t hesitate to terminate “when national interests are no longer served,” Yasay said.

    “In building on the economic pillar of our foreign relations, we must recognize that all nations — whether weak or strong, small or big — will be interdependent with each other. The distribution of capital and resources,
    products and markets around the globe will always have a compelling effect upon such interdependence. This is how every country will make their economy dynamic, robust and sustainable for the welfare of its people,” the Cabinet official said.

    He argued that “relationships toward this convergence of interests must be balanced and fair to be mutually beneficial to all concerned.”

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    6 Comments

    1. Tell president Dingdong to do it or just shut the hell up. Jesus, you keep trying to bluff the U.S. and one day they might just call you on it. If you don’t want to be aligned with Washington then call it quits and hurry on over to China or Russia. See how that works out for you. Like a bunch of whinny ass kids.

    2. Yasay should shut his mouth permanently. His pronouncements are not in the best interest of this country

    3. Yasay, Yasay, Yasay….. How dumb can you be? These pronouncements you are making don’t make sense in the diplomatic circles….. I think the US should just drop the Philippines, an unreliable ally…. Yasay, you are a gem!

    4. Before we pursue the “independent foreign policy”, we should be military capable of depending our country. Without US alliance we are putting our guards down. The Duterte way, is like we are courting China, to trade and gain its friendship, while giving away our alliance and protection with US. Why blame US for our woes, even if it is our own fault. The way I see it, we are creating more problems that gaining from this trade. Since the Filipinos will be affected by this trade, this should be done the democratic way. The voting will be done by the Filipinos not by the congress that we never trust.