- President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would invoke the defense pact between PH and US
- He added that he would join and bring his critics
- However, the President reiterated that war vs. China would destroy Palawan
President Rodrigo Duterte said that he is planning to invoke the defense pact between the Philippines and the United States of America to fight against China.
KAMI learned that the President said he would be joining America and bring his critics like Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and former Foreign Affairs chief Albert del Rosario.
“I’m calling now America. I’m invoking the RP-US pact. I would like America to gather all their Seventh Fleet in front of China. I’m asking them now. And I will join them,” Duterte said during his interview in Pastor Apollo Quiboloy’s TV program Give Us This Day.
"I will ride on the boat where admiral of the US. I will drag along Carpio and the rest. When the Americans say, we're here now, ready, I will press them,” he added.
However, the President reiterated that going into war against China would greatly devastate Palawan.
"Maybe that would be the end of Palawan. Palawan may be devastated, occupied or there will be nuclear bombs,” President Duterte said.
“We will dry up. So nothing will grow here, we can just wait, just like a big hole coming our way, to suck us to eternity and then we can sing the 'Mona Lisa.' And they just lie there, and they die there," he continued.
As reported by the ABS-CBN News (author Davinci Maru), the Philippines and US signed a pact in 1951 which stated that both countries should help each other in time of foreign aggression.
In a previous report by KAMI, Carpio suggested “many” non-war choices that the government could do to win against China over the West Philippine Sea (WPS) arbitral ruling.
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