- Duterte is trying very hard to manoeuver the Philippines away from the coming US-China war. There is no way the Philippines will come out of it unscathed if they were to be involved. Win or lose, they will be cannon fodder used by the US-Pentagram to enforce the western global hegemony.
- ‘Last One’: Joint War Games Are Over, Duterte Tells US Citing China Concerns
Outspoken Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has declared that the upcoming set of joint military exercises with the US will be “the last one”, citing possible tensions with China.
Duterte made the remarks during a visit to Vietnam on Wednesday, where he was meeting members of Hanoi’s Filipino community. “I’m serving notice now to the Americans,” Duterte said. “I will serve notice to you now that this will be the last military exercise. Jointly, Philippines-the US: Last one.”
Duterte did not mean, of course, that their long-standing partnership was over, promising to“maintain the military alliance, the RP-US pact which our countries signed in the early ‘50s”. But he also made clear he was keeping regional geopolitics in mind as well.
“You are scheduled to hold war games, which China does not want,” he said.
The annual US-Philippine military drills are due to take place from October 4-12 on the islands of Luzon and Palawan. Some 1,400 US soldiers from Okinawa and 500 Filipino troops are set to take part in amphibious and live-fire training.
Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. tried to downplay Duterte’s comments, insisting they were taken out-of-context and that he was merely repeating his earlier statement that there would not be joint Philippine-American patrols in the South China Sea.
“What he said was that, as he said before, there will be no joint patrols with a grey ship of any nation in the South China Sea,” Yasay said to a group of reporters, including from the news site Rappler, “because that would be a provocative act.” “He will continue to respect our treaty arrangements and commitments with the United States,” Yasay added.