US will defend PH if war breaks in the West Philippine Sea

US will defend PH if war breaks in the West Philippine Sea


Our one and only mutual defense and military ally has made it known again that it will not hesitate in defending the Philippines if war breaks in the South China Sea (SCS).


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the statement on the sixth anniversary of a 2016 decision by an international arbitration tribunal that largely ruled in favor of the Philippines over the disputed maritime border.


"We re-affirm that an armed attack on Philippine armed forces ... would invoke US mutual defense commitments," Blinken said in a statement on Tuesday. The mutual defense commitments stem from a 1951 treaty between the allies.

(photo credit US Embassy)


"We call again on the People's Republic of China to abide by its obligations under international law and cease its provocative behavior," he added.


New DFA Sec.


Newly appointed Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Enrique Manalo, said that the 2016 court findings "are conclusive as they are indisputable."


"We firmly reject attempts to undermine it; nay, even erase it from law, history and our collective memories," Manalo added, without mentioning China by name.











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