President Duterte reiterated his desire to continue forging stronger ties with China and Russia in terms of economic and military assistance.
According to the President, since he can’t just overlook the existing mutual defense treaty between the Philippines and the United States, he opted to seek the two Asian giants’ help in terms of economy and countering terrorism.
However, Duterte clarified that he has not suggested about forming military alliance with China and Russia since that would be a violation of the treaty between the US and the Philippines.
“I never suggested anything about alliances. But I told China [that] we can do joint military maneuvers,’ Duterte said.
“I started to [go to China and Russia]–not really separate [us from the US]. Because we have this RP-US pact. So I could not enter into any other military alliances, that would be a violation of the treaty,” he added.
But when it comes to the economy and terrorism, Duterte said he is free to seek help from other countries.
“I can always go to other nations for help and that is why I went to China and I went to Russia,” he said.
He also said that just like China, Russia will be sending help soon to help counter the terrorism in Mindanao, particularly in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, which started last May 23.
“Expect Russia to help us in due time. China has sent it. There’ll be another shipment of arms on September,” Duterte said.--Manila Bulletin