Duterte invoking defense treaty with US just a sarcasm–Palace

07/18/2019

  MANILA, PHILIPPINES — President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark invoking the mutual defense treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States against China was just another “sarcasm,” Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential Spokeserson Salvador Panelo said Duterte was…

US urged to clarify scope of Mutual Defense Treaty in sea dispute

Inquirer.net 12/09/2018

MANILA, Philippines — The United States should clarify how its Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the Philippines applies to the situation in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). For Gregory Poling, director of the Washington-based Asia…

Pragmatism wins

Peter Wallace 11/17/2016

The Inquirer editorial on Nov. 4 said, in discussing the return of Filipino fishermen to Panatag Shoal: “The problem … is that it is contingent on Chinese goodwill, it is at the mercy of Chinese whim, rather…

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