DFA Sec. Locsin wants US to re-arm the Philippines

DFA Sec. Locsin wants US to re-arm the Philippines

Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wanted a review of the Philippine- United States of America  Mutual Defense Treaty to clear ambiguities in the treaty.

Lorenzana is of the opinion that the mutual defense treaty is vague on some of its provisions principally because at the time it was drafted and signed  the circumstances in the geo-political of the world then has changed now.

When US State Secretary Mike Pompeo arrived in the country last week, Department of Foreign Affairs Teddy Boy Locsin gave a statement that there is no need for a review of the Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States and the Philippines.

DFA Sec. Locsin wants the US to re-arm the Philippines to counter balance China's expansionism attitude in the region (photo credit to PhilStar)

Pompeo also made a statement that of supporting the country and the reiteration that any attack on any Philippine forces will trigger the mutual defend:

“Our commitments under that treaty (US-Philippines mutual defense treaty) are clear, our obligations are real, the South China Sea is certainly part of an important body of water for freedom of navigation,” Pompeo said.

“We remain committed to supporting the Philippines in that effort, and the Philippines need to do its part as well, and all the countries of the region so that these incredibly vital economic sea lanes are open,” he added.

As South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on the Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels in the South China Sea, will trigger mutual defense obligations under the mutual defense treaty,” Pompeo said.

DFA Sec Locsin’s suggestion

Sec. Locsin, while having the opinion that there is no need to revisit the mutual defense treaty between the two countries in his Twitter account still wants the United States to re-arm the Philippine military. The re-arming of the Philippine military he describes as the “wisest” alternative that the US can take considering China’s  aggression in this part of the world.

“The wisest, most expeditious alternate to one or the other view is for the US to help re-arm our military (it prefers US weaponry as I kept telling the US) and enhance our self-defense capability; leaving the initial decision to fight to us in our best light,” he wrote.

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