Duterte Admin's foreign policy stance remains ‘friend to all, enemy to none’ - Palace

Duterte Admin's foreign policy stance remains ‘friend to all, enemy to none’ - Palace

Philippines foreign policy remains to be “friend to all, enemy to none” Malacanang reiterated this recently.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque had to reiterate this after Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Delfin Lorenzana made the statement that the Philippines would not be participating in any joint maritime exercises in the South China Sea with other countries.

“Well, dati na pong polisiya ng Presidente iyan. Sa kaniyang independienteng panlabas na relasyon, kaibigan natin ang lahat, wala tayong kaaway (Well, that has always been the policy of the President. His independent foreign policy is friend to all, enemy to none),” Roque said.

an undated flag raising ceremony in Pag-Asa island, WPS
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Roque said the directive is meant to reduce tension in the disputed waters.

“Ang sabi lang ni Presidente, kung ang ilang mga gawain ng mga superpowers ngayon ay magreresulta sa mas matinding tension, iwas tayo sa mga ganiyang hakbang (The President just said, if some actions done by superpowers will result in bigger tension, let’s avoid taking those steps),” he said.

Lorenzana wa quoted when he emphasized the importance of adopting a “prudent” and “careful” approach to confronting the sea row without undermining national interest.

“President Duterte has a standing order to us, to me that we should not involve ourselves in naval exercises in the South China Sea except our national waters, the 12-mile distance from our shores. So really we cannot do that, we cannot exercise with them in the South China Sea,” he said.

During the fifth State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte he insisted that asserting countries sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea (WPS) would entail going to war with China.

“China is claiming it, we are claiming it. China has the arms, we do not have it so it’s simple as that. They are in possession of the property… it’s akin to they are in possession, so what can we do? We have to go to war, and I cannot afford it. Maybe some other President can, but I cannot,” Duterte said.


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