Aquino, McCain to discuss Spratlys


A TEAM FROM WASHINGTON President Aquino welcomes to Malacañang on Tuesday four prominent American senators—Joe Lieberman (left), John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse and Kelly Ayotte. McCain ran against President Barack Obama in the 2008 US presidential election. Lieberman was Al Gore’s running mate in the 2000 White House race. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

President Benigno Aquino III and US Senator John McCain were expected to meet Tuesday night and discuss several issues affecting their countries, including the West Philippine Sea.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda disclosed the topics that President Aquino was expected to discuss with McCain at their meeting in Malacañang.

These included the Save Our Industries Act, a bill pending in the US Congress that will help save jobs in the US textile and Philippine apparel industries, and “clarifications on the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty.”

“Since he is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, they will be discussing issues surrounding the West Philippine Sea,” Lacierda said, in reference to McCain.

The Philippines recently conveyed to the Chinese embassy in Manila its “serious concerns” over the presence of two Chinese vessels and a navy ship at Escoda shoal, off Palawan waters, last month.

A Philippine military commander said they apparently came from a Chinese-occupied reef in the disputed Spratlys islands before cruising into Philippine waters.

Escoda is well within the Philippines’ internationally recognized 200-mile exclusive economic zone but China claims all of the South China Sea, including the potentially oil-rich Spratlys islands. Christine O. Avendaño

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  • Dana

    We are not talking yet Chinese submarines plying underwater. If you dont see surface ships it doesn’t mean to say there’s nothing subsurface. Sen. Mac Cain knows this. He is an ex-US Navy fighter pilot.

  • Dana

    Never, never , never trust the Chinese. Their strategy is very lethal but you don’t see it coming. They are low key but they send spies.  The Chinese need the Spratlys so bad. It is because of the quality of oil that we have there.  The quality of oil that they are getting from Afghanistan is very crude. In the Spratlys, there is natural gas that we already export to south Korea.
        GMA never told us about this. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

  • Anonymous

    This visit by high ranking american politicians makes me wonder what do the Philippines have to put up in order to please them…………it will be known in the comings days, weeks, months or years………..

  • Fossil William

    What would be the Philippines without the USA……?

    • joboni96

      better and richer

      lesser wars

  • joboni96

    ok timing ni cain and co conspirators
    taking advantage of corona impeachment and
    corresponding local jockeying
    to push u.s. imperialist agenda

    1. ipain at isubo tayo sa parating na u.s. – tsina war
    2. ipressure tayo para maparami at mapalawak ang mga tagong stealth u.s. bases nila

    3. takutin tayo kontra tsina para bumili ng mga mahal na napaglumaan gamit pang gerra nilapara may pambili sila ng bago
    full court press ang mga itoiwas natin ang bayan natin sa namumuong gyera ng u.s. at tsina
    ayaw natin mangyari ulit ang nangyari noon ww2kung saan dito nag gyera ang u.s. at hapon

  • Dr Sponklong

    McCain is for militarization of the ASEAN. He is parroting what the U.S Military Industrial Complex wants—sell weapons and planes to ASEAN.

    ASEAN should aim to be neutral. Aquino knows how America works. It will a be a shame if he becomes a willing U.S. pawn.

    ASEAN specially the Philippines needs robust economic development. China have, can and will deliver. The U.S. promised but never delivered.

    Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice ASEAN will be morons.

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