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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

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--- Quote from: 40niner on October 17, 2016, 07:22:17 AM ---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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--- Quote from: adroth on October 18, 2016, 03:49:09 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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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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--- Quote from: adroth on January 17, 2017, 02:51:02 AM ---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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--- Quote from: adroth on March 13, 2017, 03:40:08 PM ---


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

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