South China Sea: Rodrigo Duterte Questions America’s Loyalty To The Philippines

South China Sea: Rodrigo Duterte Questions America’s Loyalty To The Philippines
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Amid the heated exchange of statements between the Philippines, China, and other countries with existing claims in the highly contested area of the South China Sea, the Philippines’ incoming president Rodrigo Duterte has questioned America’s loyalty.


Duterte, who will be taking his oath of office on June 30, has recently questioned the United States’ loyalty to his country, especially in its position on the territorial dispute with China. This, came amid the waiting for the decision of the UN tribunal that hears the case, which was filed by the Philippines against China in 2013, Manila-based news website Rappler reported.

Duterte issued the statement amid the country’s anticipation of the decision from the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which the president-elect expects to favor the Philippines. Duterte coursed through the message during the visit of U.S ambassador Philip Golberg.

“Because I told Goldberg, ‘Are you with us or are you not with us? Because if I may decide based on the judgment, I will now start to claim there. I’ll give you an example. The law of the sea gives us the exclusive right over 200 [nautical miles]. If I go there using that privilege of mine, would that be an attack against China or an offense against China?” Duterte was quoted as saying by Rappler.

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In 1952, both the United States and the Philippines signed a joint agreement dubbed as the Mutual Defense Agreement, which states that the two countries would protect each other in times of aggression from other countries. The alliance between America and the Philippines dates as far back as World war 2.

In previous reports form Morning News USA, China has repeatedly said it has no intention of recognizing the ruling of the court regardless of the outcome of the case. Instead, China has gotten the support of at least 60 countries, it said support its position on the issue.

Also Read: South China Sea WW3: China Boasts 40+ Countries Supporting Its Territorial Ambition

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  • GuanKim

    The US, like China, is very powerful. What is the rationale for US to need military assistance from a weak and penurious Philippines?

    China can just with a flick of her forefinger sends the Philippines into a fatal somersault with nonchalance.

    The US is using the Philippines as offensive military bases to thwart the emergence of China as a great power.

    The Philippines needs the US in her greed to grab all of the supposedly natural oil resources and fishing rights for herself as from the ’70s onward. Before that she was not interested in the South China Sea islands as she has no financial wherewithal to develop or administer those islands she claimed by virtue of proximity.

    That being Philippine logic, would she not say aloud that UK, being near the coast of France, belongs to the French?

    Ah, yes, New Zealand being also near to Australia, belongs to the Australians.

    Oops, no offence to China. Australia and New Zealand, being nearer to China should belong to the Chinese and not to the descendants of British.

    Oh, the Brits, they own the Falklands (Malvina to the Argentinians) 8000 miles away from England, and Argentina is just a stone throw away from the the Falklands.

    Now, the four Japanese Islands, being nearer to the Korean Peninsular, should be regarded as belonging to the Koreans. What say you, Uncle Sam and Sushi San? The Philippine will swear by their foetal duck appetiser balut that Japan belongs to the Koreans, but would rather not, as Mikado Abe already entice the Filipinos with warships and hand-me-down military rejects.

    Aiya, wasurenaide kudasai! Okinawa Jima being nearer to China than Japan, belongs to the Chinese. That island was seized by Japan in her imperial forays to display her newly acquired Western military know-how.

    Why should Americans be used as canon fodders by the Philippines in their greed for wealth under the South China Sea?

    Should good decent ordinary Americans pay with their lives to make the Filipinos wealthy.

    The civilised world will laugh at the American leaders for wantonly getting many Americans killed for a conflict which the US has no claim or stands to benefit.

    I think the US is not stupid, as they know there is no permanent alliance.

    The US understands permanent self-interest.

    The Philippines understands greed.

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