“The United States remains the only military ally of the Philippines as it is distant enough not to interfere with our internal policies, yet strong enough to project its power in the region and protect us if the need arises,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said.
He also added that maintaining the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the US is a priority for the Department of Foreign Affairs to ensure the national security of the Philippines.
In order to ensure the national security, Locsin said that it is the priority of the Department of Foreign Affairs to maintain the (MDT) Mutual Defense Treaty.
“Striking a defense deal with another military superpower would be illogical,”
“Locsin said that while the Philippines will not enter into a defense deal with China, it can still strike up economic agreements with the Asian superpower.”
On the other hand, he made it clear that the country will not renounce it’s claims in the West Philippine Sea under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Will There Be Peace?
In 2016, the Philippines succeed when a UN arbitral court ruled to invalidate China’s Nine-Dash Line claim in the West Philippine Sea.
“The MDT with the US government has been effective in maintaining peace in the Southeast Asian region amid several territorial disputes.”
He pointed out that the Philippines should maintain its relations with other countries, especially those with overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
“In order to protect OFWs, we work towards strengthening our relations with the host countries, making sure that our foreign policy and votes in the United Nations do not antagonize the governments hosting our citizens.”