Pres. Duterte will not allow US to launch missile from PHL, amid ME tension

Pres. Duterte will not allow US to launch missile from PHL, amid ME tension

The ongoing tensions between the countries of Iran and the United States of America has raised a lot of possible scenarios and whether we like it or not the country will be a part of it.

The country has the biggest number of overseas workers in the whole of Middle East and the fact that we have been known as a traditional ally of the US.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in an interview with reporters in Malacanang said he will not allow the United States of America (USA) to launch missiles from the Philippine territory to attack the Iran.

Surface ti surface missile
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Though, he clarifies that he will continue to honor the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States of America (USA), but will only allow transit.

“We will continue to respect it in transit. But to use the Philippines as a launching pad for — to fly the missiles and the rockets, I do not think that – I have to stop them,” President Duterte said.

“We allow ships of — the gray ships of other nations to park here and get some — ‘yung provisionings nila,” he noted.

President Duterte also noted that Filipino soldiers will not be sent to fight alongside American troops. “Out of the question. Out of the question. Unless the national interest would demand it and it will be decided not by me, but me and Congress,” he said.

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