- Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said independent foreign policy means scrapping military ties with the United States
- Communist Party of the Philippines hailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement of an independent foreign policy
- Duterte, however, clarified that he is not an anti-American and would not abandon military commitments with the US
Independent foreign policy means scrapping military ties with the United States; former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile noted during a media forum in Manila.
In an article posted on Tankler News, it was disclosed that Enrile explained that independent foreign policy means the Philippines has to give up its current security agreements with its key ally — the US.
“If we want to be independent, which I have to caution everybody to be a little bit more circumspect about it, we have to renounce all of these commitments,” the former senator stated.
“Once we do that we are jumping into an international pond where we have no ‘salbabida’ in case we don’t know how to swim alone. ‘Yan ang problema d’yan [That is the problem with that],” he added.
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), on the other hand, welcomed the recent pronouncement of Duterte to pull out American troops in Mindanao; calling on the president to remove all US forces in the country.
“The CPP calls on the Duterte regime to follow-through the declaration with actual political and diplomatic measures to effect the removal of US troops. In line with his government’s declaration of pursuing an independent foreign policy, the CPP urges the Duterte government to pursue the removal of all US troops not only in Mindanao,” the CPP said.
The CPP said Duterte’s pronouncement comes at the “most propitious” time, as the Filipino is set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the end of the Military Bases Agreement.
The President, however, clarified later that he is not anti-American. He also assured that he would not abandon military commitments with the US.