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Title: Duterte insists West PH Sea et. al. belong to PH
Post by: adroth on September 25, 2016, 02:57:21 PM
These are pre-inauguration statements. But nevertheless, they are part of the Duterte narrative

Duterte insists West PH Sea, Sabah territories belong to PH
by Rocky Nazareno
May 26, 2016

Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte appears in a press conference at a hotel in Davao City shortly before midnight on Wednesday and lasted for two hours.(MB Photo/ KEITH BACONGCO)duterte

Davao City –  Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte turned his tough talk on China and Malaysia as he maintained that the Philippines would assert its claims over disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea and Sabah.

“Whether you want to believe it or not, that is beside the point. The point is, that is ours,” Duterte said in a press conference early Thursday.

He was referring to territories in the Spartly Islands located in the West Philippine Sea which were claimed by China when the Asian giant established structures in some of the islands.

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Duterte's interview with Aljazeera

You be the judge

2nd Part of the "Talk to Al Jazeera" -- concentrated more on foreign policy.  This video is a continuation of the above video and actually overlaps starting at around 17:00.
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Post by: adroth on January 01, 2017, 01:38:16 AM
Time index 06:55

Arguably, Duterte is banking on the long history of lines of communication between the respective government apparatus of the US and PH to provide alternative static free communication. Not the least of which is SND Delfin Lorenzana who used to be military attache to the US.

My take on his approach: Create tensions with an ally that should be able to weather the stress . . . to mature and broaden the relationship between our countries.

One can only hope that the incoming ambassador (See here ( picks up on the breadcrumbs that Duterte has been seeding each time the question of the future of US - PH relations comes up.

His refusal to simply come out and say what he wants is frustrating. But if you piece together what he expects from the US, from the ACTUAL recordings, what he wants out of the US is actually quite clear.

1. Overt support for the Philippine position in the WPS. Arguably in the same league as the US support of the Japanese position in the Senkakus. You can trace this to his "who would die for my country except us?" statement in the video above. Time index 03:18.

2. Full access to equipment as should have been granted by our "Major Non-NATO ally" status. See here (

3. Broadened support, beyond military aid, for various initiatives. See here (

Arguably if he asks for specifics, those could potentially be all that he gets. By making only the displeasure known . . . and leaving the resolution to the other party . . . he is apparently gambling that we'd get better deals than would otherwise be the case.

His position completely ignores how US-PH got to its current state. Few countries know more about our dirty laundry than the US, so realistically there is a reason why we get treated the way are. They know our screw ups better than most because a lot of them were done in their presence.

The approach that's been advocated in this community for years is that the Philippines should EARN the US's trust. To prove that we have matured as a country. Duterte . . . has other ideas for achieving what are ultimately the same ends: A strong country that can stand with its friends, but is not dependent upon them.

I personally wouldn't have the guts to play "poker" like this. Not with an entire country's well-being in the balance. But I recognize the need for a President to play his or her hand as they see it.


I honestly don't believe he intends to walk away from the US. At least in the manner that a lot of folks fear. I personally believe he is intends to follow India's non-aligned route which pursued mature relations with all the great powers. Why walk away from the US when the goal is to pursue good relations with all.

PH-China relations are at an all-time low, and diplomatically, China has received a black eye because of the Philippine victory at UNCLOS.

So why his tone in the light of Chinese theft of Philippine shoals?

See time index 4:00 in the video above.

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Post by: adroth on January 01, 2017, 02:06:27 AM
Duterte vows to act if China 'siphons minerals' from South China Sea
By Claire Jiao, CNN Philippines
Updated 08:28 AM PHT Fri, December 30, 2016

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The government is prepared to assert its rightful claim if China moves to mine resources in parts of the South China Sea where the country has economic rights, President Rodrigo Duterte has said.

In a one-on-one interview with CNN Philippines on Thursday, the President said he is ready to raise the arbitral ruling recognizing the country's economic rights over the potentially mineral-rich contested waters.

"[I will bring up the ruling] during my time. I cannot let it pass na balewala na lang," Duterte said.

[Translation: I cannot let it pass like it was nothing.]

When asked what circumstance could push the government to do so, Duterte said: "When the minerals are already being siphoned out."

The President said he is ready to negotiate with his Chinese counterparts, but he is also firm he would not stand idly by if Beijing acted alone in exploring Scarborough Shoal.

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Post by: adroth on January 17, 2017, 11:14:48 PM
Philippines issues first protest vs China under Duterte
(Associated Press)  | Updated January 16, 2017 - 4:22pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest with China after a U.S. think thank reported that Beijing appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the strategically vital South China Sea, the country's top diplomat said Monday.

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said a note verbale was issued after the report came out last month.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies report said that anti-aircraft guns and close-in weapons systems designed to guard against missile attack have been placed on all seven of China's newly created islands.

Yasay told CNN Philippines that Manila had responded, but did so quietly.

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Post by: adroth on March 13, 2017, 03:42:22 PM


From SND Lorenzana's speech during the 2017 National Security Outlook at the NDCP forum

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Post by: adroth on April 28, 2017, 03:53:18 PM
Adding teeth to claims

Duterte orders AFP to occupy PHL islands in South China Sea

Published April 6, 2017 3:38pm
Updated April 6, 2017 7:01pm

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to seize islands in undisputed Philippine territory in the South China Sea.

Palace: Independence Day at Pag-asa part of Duterte's independent foreign policy
By Patricia Lourdes Viray ( | Updated April 7, 2017 - 5:06pm

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to celebrate Independence Day on Pag-asa Island would be symbolic of the administration's independent foreign policy, a Malacañang official said Friday.

FF15 deployed to Pagasa Island for SND Lorenzana's visit

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Post by: adroth on May 02, 2017, 12:47:59 PM
Duterte to China: It's PH duty to 'repair' Pag-asa Island facilities

The Philippine President says repairs of facilities in Pag-asa Island will push through despite China's displeasure
Pia Ranada
Published 6:35 PM, May 01, 2017
Updated 9:05 PM, May 01, 2017   

PUSHING THROUGH. The Philippines will not junk its plans to improve Pag-asa Island facilities, says President Rodrigo Duterte, who is shown here as he visited Chinese warships docked in Davao City on May 1, 2017. Malacañang photo

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte defended his plan to improve facilities in disputed Pag-asa Island amid China's declaration that such activities are "illegal."

"Yes of course, that's part of our duty as a nation," he said when asked by a reporter if he would continue his plans to improve facilities, including a runway and bunkhouses for military, in the island.

Duterte was giving an interview on Monday, May 1, right after visiting 3 Chinese warships docked at Sasa Wharf in Davao City.

Asked about statements from the Chinese embassy calling any activities by the Philippines on Pag-asa Island "illegal," Duterte downplayed the government's plans.

"It's just repairs. Well, they can always look away, look around," he said.

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Post by: adroth on May 11, 2017, 03:41:20 AM
Cayetano: Duterte won't squander arbitral victory over China
Christian Esguerra, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 11 2017 01:49 AM

PHNOM PENH--President Rodrigo Duterte's incoming foreign secretary assured the public Wednesday his administration would not squander the Philippines' landmark arbitral victory that rejected the basis of Beijing's sweeping claims over the South China Sea.

The Philippines is set to hold bilateral talks on the maritime dispute with China this month with "mutual trust" and "no conditions," said Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, who was named to the post shortly before Duterte left for Cambodia.

Cayetano did not say whether last year's ruling by the Hague-based arbitration court would be mentioned in the talks.

But he insisted Duterte was meeting his objectives and was making "a giant step forward."

"Walang masasayang sa past efforts. Lahat ng past efforts--from President Marcos and even before, to President Aquino's--wala tayong sasayangin," Cayetano told reporters here.

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Post by: adroth on May 22, 2017, 11:30:57 AM
DFA chief Cayetano: Trust Duterte's approach on territorial dispute with China
Published May 22, 2017 9:46am

Newly-appointed Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday asked Filipinos to trust President Rodrigo Duterte's approach in protecting the Philippines' territorial integrity while improving relations with China.

"He has told us many many times that he is committed to protecting our territorial integrity, he will protect every single inch of our territory. But trust him on how he will do it and how he will approach it," Cayetano said in a press conference on his first day as secretary of Foreign Affairs.

The former senator was explaining Duterte's remarks last Friday.

The President was hitting back at criticisms that he had gone soft on the South China Sea issue by refusing to bring up the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, that invalidated China's territorial claims.

Duterte said during the speech that he had insisted in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping the Philippines' sovereign rights over some disputed territories in the South China Sea.

Duterte said Xi responded: "Well we are friends. We do not want to quarrel with you... We want to maintain the present warm relationship. But if you force the issue, we will go to war."

Cayetano said during the press conference that Duterte could have been forced to make the remarks because "he was being barraged by comments of what he should do."

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Post by: adroth on August 06, 2017, 06:13:05 AM
Cayetano praises Del Rosario in ASEAN forum
Paterno Esmaquel II
Published 4:11 PM, August 05, 2017
Updated 4:13 PM, August 05, 2017

RARE MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano interacts with his predecessor, Albert del Rosario, in a think tank forum on ASEAN held at the Manila Polo Club on August 4, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano praised his predecessor, Albert del Rosario, in a think tank forum on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings this week.

Cayetano spoke at a forum on ASEAN organized by the Stratbase-Albert del Rosario Institute (ADRI) on Friday, August 4. Stratbase-ADRI is named after and chaired by Del Rosario.

In a rare instance, Cayetano addressed Del Rosario in his speech on Friday.

"To those who have worked so hard here to protect our national territory and our sovereignty, just like our former secretary, may I assure you that we may have different strategies, but we have the same objectives, sir," Cayetano said.

It was under Del Rosario's leadership of the DFA that the Philippines filed a historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). The Philippines won this case in July 2016.

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In his speech on Friday, Cayetano defended, too, the Duterte administration's foreign policy, in the face of criticisms.

"Looking at the reaction or non-reaction of some of you here today, I know that sometimes you think the Duterte administration is too naive, and sometimes you would think they're too paranoid. But we're somewhere in the middle," Cayetano said.

"If you're too naive, of course other countries' foreign policy and interests will run over you. Sometimes kindness is taken as weakness. But if you're too paranoid, nothing will get done, and we're trying to find that middle ground," he added.

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Post by: adroth on November 09, 2017, 03:29:31 PM
PH not giving up claim to Spratlys, Duterte to tell China’s Xi at APEC
By Jenny Rose Dongon, News5 | November 8, 2017, 7:35 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte at the 67th anniversary of the Philippine Marines. (image from News5 video)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said he would stress that the Philippines is not giving up its claim to its territory in the Spratly Islands when he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam this week.

Speaking at the 67th anniversary of the Philippine Marine Corps on Tuesday, Duterte expressed appreciation for the the assistance, including military aid, China and other countries had given towards defeating the extremist gunmen who had occupied Marawi City fo five months since May.

However, he said, this would not be enough to give up the Philippines’ claims to its territory in the South China Sea.

He recalled telling Xi: “Do not do … We will not give up our claims sa (to) Pag-asa pati ‘yung (and) the nearby islands that we have occupied already. Small islands.”

Xi, he said, replied: “We will not.”

“And with this assurance he gave to the Foreign Secretary na hindi niya galawin (he will not touch it) … he will not build something on the Scarborough Shoal,” he added.

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Post by: adroth on December 20, 2017, 04:15:47 PM

FINALLY . . . the PN's own FB page shows improvements to BRP Sierra Madre


That means . . . information about these improvements are fair game. This how the garrison NOW looks on Google Maps.


This is how it looked during the previous administration. Contrast this with the condition of the ship today. Details of what else has been done within the vessel are not open to the public.

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Post by: adroth on December 28, 2017, 05:21:37 AM
Pieces to a puzzle

House panel passes bill declaring Kalayaan Islands as 'alienable, disposable land'
By CNN Philippines Staff

Updated 17:00 PM PHT Tue, December 26, 2017

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 26) — A House panel has approved a measure seeking to declare the Kalayaan Island group in Palawan as "alienable and disposable land."

In a statement Tuesday, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed House Bill 5614, covering nine islands and three reefs in 730,000 square meter area in the South China Sea.

The bill was authored by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Majority Floor Leader Rudy Fariñas.

One of the eight islands in the Kalayaan Group is Pag-asa Island, where Chinese vessels were reported to have been seen in August. The island is within the 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone of the country, and the seat of the Kalayaan municipal government.

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Bill authors Alvarez and Fariñas claimed the declaration is urgent to promote permanent dwelling and a source of livelihood for its residents. The declaration, according to the lawmakers, will promote business opportunities and trade and industry in the area by attracting investors.

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The bill also aims to secure land for the residents in the municipality.

"Even residents who have been long tilling and developing the parcels of land within the Kalayaan Island Group cannot apply for title for their occupied area," the statement added.

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The statement added that during the House panel's hearing, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Deputy Chief of Staff LtGen. Salvador Melchor Mison Jr. mentioned key points in the development plans for the island group amounting to ₱11.6 billion:

enhancement of island habitability ;
construction of a mooring space for Philippine Navy vessels and other vessels;
upgrading the island's defense structures ;
improvement of roads and air strip; and
provision of water, power and communication facilities.
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Post by: adroth on January 04, 2018, 03:26:51 AM
PH hopes to finish beaching ramp in Spratlys by early 2018
By: Frances Mangosing - Reporter / / 04:03 PM November 07, 2017

The Philippines hopes to complete the construction of a beaching ramp on Pagasa Island (Thitu Island) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) by early 2018.

The construction of a beaching ramp is the first stage of the upgrade of the facilities in the disputed island. It will allow ships to dock so that heavy construction materials could be delivered.

Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said on Tuesday that the monsoon rains have hampered the construction of the ramp.


“While its construction is ongoing albeit intermittently depending on good weather, we expect its completion by early 2018,” he told reporters.

When the beaching ramp is constructed, the government can further improve the rest of the facilities in the island, including the repair of the runway.

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Post by: adroth on February 19, 2018, 07:46:17 AM
Duterte stops foreign research over Benham Rise
Posted at Feb 06 2018 09:40 AM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a stop to all research done by foreigners on Benham Rise and directed the Navy to "chase out" any vessel doing such, Agriculture Sec. Manny Piñol said Tuesday.

Quoting the President during a Cabinet meeting on Monday, Piñol said: "Let me be very clear about this: the Philippine Rise is ours and any insinuation that it is open to everybody should end with this declaration."

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Post by: adroth on February 23, 2018, 10:15:17 AM
Duterte claims he told Xi Jinping disputed territory belongs to PHL
Published February 22, 2018 11:37pm

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday claimed that he had told Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that the territories disputed by the two nations belonged to the Philippines.

In a speech in Iloilo, Duterte told a story about making the pronouncements in a meeting with Xi while explaining why he didn't want to go to war with China.

"Ako pumunta ng China. I met President Xi Jinping. Ako at ang Gabinete ko. Ang nandoon si Lorenzana, si Esperon, si Manny Piñol. Sabi ko kay Xi Jinping, 'You know, Mr. President, I know that you are constructing many things there. I will go to our territory because that is ours.' Ang sinabi ko pa nandiyan man sila lahat, 'I will dig my oil,'" Duterte said.

"Tapos sabi ni Xi Jinping, mag-usap lang tayo. You know, that is ours. Sabi niya, no, we will just wait for the right time to talk about it. 'When is it?' Sabi niya, 'in due time,'" added the President, who has come under fire from critics for what they describe as a chummy relationship with Beijing amid the two countries' sea dispute.

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Post by: adroth on April 09, 2018, 01:04:32 PM
Duterte on Araw ng Kagitingan: Resist any attack on PH sovereignty
By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ / 12:00 AM April 09, 2018
Rodrigo Duterte - Sultan Kudarat - 2 April 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Filipinos to protect the country’s independence and “resist” any attack on Philippine sovereignty.

“I am one with the entire Filipino people in the solemn observance of the Day of Valor,” the President said in his Araw ng Kagitingan message.

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“Forces who wish to see a weak and submissive Philippines continue in their unbridled disrespect for the institutions and laws that embody our aspirations as a people,” he said.

He then reminded Filipinos of “our sacred duty and obligation to defend the honor of our motherland.”

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Post by: adroth on May 20, 2018, 03:40:09 AM
We are not giving up West Philippine Sea rights – Duterte
Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star) - May 16, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has not given up its sovereignty rights over certain areas in the disputed South China Sea, President Duterte insisted yesterday.

Duterte made the claim even after he had discussed the matter in the past with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“We are not giving up our rights in the West Philippine Sea. As a matter of fact, we are still insisting until now to the point that they are now willing…” he said during his trip off the coast of Aurora.

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He said Xi gave his word that the South China Sea row would be solved in a non-confrontational manner.

“We would always find a solution to any problem,” Duterte quoted Xi as saying.

“China is offering a joint exploration and development. Xi Jingping said, ‘maybe we will have a bigger share.’ Let’s see,” the President added.

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Post by: adroth on November 15, 2018, 11:09:33 PM
DFA says PH not giving up an inch of territory to China
Updated November 15, 2018, 10:43 PM
By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

SINGAPORE—The Philippine government will never give up an iota of its claim in the West Philippine Sea despite the overwhelming presence of China in the disputed resource-filled waterway.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. made the statement after President Duterte, in an ambush interview here, said that countries should now accept that China is in possession of the disputed waters.

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Post by: adroth on December 20, 2018, 01:49:32 PM
Troops to continue patrolling WPS: DND chief
By Priam Nepomuceno December 20, 2018, 1:36 pm

MANILA -- The country will continue patrolling the West Philippine Sea (WPS), Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday.

He added that this will be the thrust of the defense establishment for the coming year.

"We will still continue with our activities there, nagpapatrolya tayo (we patrol) regularly, so we will continue on strengthening our islands. Meron tayong siyam na (We have nine) islands, the people at the (BRP) Sierra Madre (a grounded landing ship tank) will still be there. (Continuous) pa rin yung ating replacement ng tao regularly plus yung resupply nila. (The replacement of people and resupply is continuous)," Lorenzana said.

Also, the DND chief said they also keep protesting if they see any actions of the Chinese that are inconsistent with Philippine national interest.

When asked to expound on what he means by "strengthening our islands", Lorenzana said this refers to improvements on the housing accommodation for troops deployed there, especially in Pag-asa Island.

"Meron tayong pera kasing nakalaan na yung mga tirahan ng ating mga sundalo eh kasi ngayon mga kubo-kubo lang yun eh, bigyan naman natin sila ng magandang tirahan, mga barracks, especially dun sa (We have allotted funds for the shelter of our troops because right now, they only have huts there. We should give them good shelters, barracks, especially in) Pag-asa. At the end of next year, we expect the runway to be repaired and we are doing the beaching ramp,” the DND chief said, adding that the ramp is already 42 percent completed.

Once completed, the ramp will enable them to bring in the necessary materials and equipment to repair the runway. (PNA)
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Post by: adroth on February 19, 2019, 02:46:11 AM
The Philippines is not afraid of Chinese ‘debt trap’ — Teddy Locsin Jr.
Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) - February 17, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is not afraid of the so-called debt trap strategy of the Chinese government, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

Speaking at the Hungarian Institute of Foreign Affairs and Trade during his official visit to Hungary on Thursday, Locsin said the Philippines has experienced worse in the past under the Western financial system.

“The West went into paroxysms of ecstasy over our people power revolution, which was a rebuke to communism as a way forward,” he said, referring to the 1986 People Power Revolt that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

“Still the West threatened our new democracy with financial destruction if it did not pay back every dollar lent by Western banks to the dictatorship which stole every cent of it. Democratic victory was good for a pat on the back, but not good enough for debt forgiveness,” he added.

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In his lecture, Locsin also said the Philippines under the Duterte administration was able to manage its disagreements with China over territories in the South China Sea.

He said the government was able to do so “without retreating an inch from our rightful and inalienable ownership of everything within the widest extent of our sovereign reach in history and international law.

Locsin did not discuss recent activities of China in the disputed region, including the construction of various facilities in features within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

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Locsin, however, reiterated the so-called “independent foreign policy” pursued by President Duterte since assuming office in 2016.

“When I first addressed our foreign ministry on my assumption of office, I told them how a truly independent foreign policy should be pursued,” recalled the foreign affairs secretary, the third to serve under the present administration.

“It is not independent foreign policy if you simply switch the master before whom you are kneeling. You are still on your knees before another master. An independent foreign policy means getting off your knees and on your feet – and standing up for your country. That is true independence,” he noted.

And while the Philippine Constitution renounces war as an instrument of national policy, Locsin said it only refers to offensive war and never to national defense.

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Post by: masq on August 11, 2019, 06:00:39 PM
'The time has come': Duterte to invoke PH arbitral win in fifth China visit
Duterte, in a speech on Tuesday afternoon, confirmed plans to discuss the arbitral ruling with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during his upcoming trip, his fifth as President.

“‘Yung arbitral ruling, pag-usapan natin ‘yan (We will talk about the arbitral ruling). That’s why I’m going to China,” he said during the oath-taking of newly-elected officials of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

 “I’m going to China to talk. Did I not tell you before, that before my term ends, I will be talking about the [South] China Sea?” he said, noting that there are “scuffles” that need to be addressed.

Earlier in the day, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said "the time has come" for the Philippines to assert its rights in the West Philippine Sea in light of rising maritime tensions in the area.
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Post by: adroth on May 16, 2021, 12:32:50 AM
Duterte to China: PH won’t withdraw ships from West Philippine Sea
By: Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / / 01:35 PM May 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared that the Philippines will not withdraw its assets from the disputed parts of the West Philippine Sea while also insisting he does not intend to quarrel with China due to the country’s “debt of gratitude” to them.

“We have a stand here and I want to state it here and now again. Na yung mga barko natin nandyan ngayon sa Pag-asa at saan pa, we will not move an inch backward,” Duterte said in the second part of his taped speech aired Friday.

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Post by: adroth on September 02, 2021, 01:21:49 AM

The Philippine Navy’s newest Missile Frigate, BRP Antonio Luna FF 151, named after one of the country’s national heroes, conducts maritime patrol near Pag-asa Island, Municipality of Kalayaan on National Heroes Day.