‘Balikatan’ comes at ‘crucial time’ vs security threats–Del Rosario

Alberto del Rosario

Foreign Affairs secretary Alberto del Rosario. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has criticized China for allegedly undermining the rule of law.

Del Rosario made the statement at the opening ceremonies of Balikatan exercises at Camp Aguinaldo on Friday.

“Well I think that we have taken the position that China’s claim for undisputable sovereignty in the South China Sea is an excessive claim and it’s a violation of international law, that’s what I’m referring,” he told reporters in an ambush interview after the ceremonies.

“I think that the judges have already been named and I think we’re working towards a completion of the five judges in the arbitral tribunal and so once that’s done I think the situation or the case will proceed as planned,” he said on the Philippines’ arbitration case against China over West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

In his speech at the ceremonies, del Rosario said this year’s Balikatan came “at a crucial time” for the country and the region, as “excessive and exaggerated maritime and territorial claims have not only created uncertainty but have undermined the rule of law, regional peace and stability had been placed at serious risk.”

“We need to secure our borders and protect our territorial integrity more vigorously than we have before,” he added.

He said the joint exercises between the United States and Philippine military are “important, practical and strategic” in building the capacity of the Philippines to secure and defend itself.

He added that the Philippines was “investing in its own defense at levels never seen before,” but said that the value of these investments would be increased through joint training and other agreed activities with the country’s allies.

Del Rosario noted that in the past three months, the US and Philippines have had “high level” exchanges wherein both sides “reiterated their firm commitments as strategic partners and treaty allies.”

The Balikatan will also address natural disasters, which del Rosario referred as “another serious security threat.”

“The United Nations has identified our region as the most prone to natural disasters. It is significant that there is again a strong humanitarian assistance and disaster response component to this year’s Balikatan,” Del Rosario said.

Over 8,000 Filipino and American troops will participate in the joint exercises in Central Luzon.

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  • Mamang Pulis

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  • $18209031

    Libre daw ang MREs at bala courtesy sa Tate kung mag contribute ang AFP Command sa Korea. Libre rin daw ang buhay na Pinoy na ibibigay rin para sa mga Koreigooks.

  • INQ_reader

    Sorry to spoil the america worshippers:

    US not coming to PH aid vs China

    By Julie M. Aurelio, Norman Bordadora

    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    1:29 am | Sunday, June 12th, 2011

    The United States yesterday said it will not side with any party
    in the Spratlys conflict, which is to say that the Philippines’ most
    powerful ally will not be coming to its aid should its spat with China
    escalate into a shooting war.

    The US Embassy made this clear yesterday in reaction to a
    Malacañang statement earlier yesterday expressing confidence that
    Washington would honor its commitment under the two countries’ Mutual
    Defense Treaty to come to the aid of a beleaguered ally.

    “The US does not take sides in regional territorial disputes,”
    the US press attaché Rebecca Thompson said in an e-mailed statement when
    contacted for comment to deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail
    Valte’s invoking of the 60-year-old MDT.

    • BIGButo

      How many times are you going to post this stupid

      • INQ_reader

        I’ll post it while there are still Filipinos who think that america is their savior.

  • BIGButo

    All you leftis losers shut up please.

  • mangtom

    joBONI(skin disease)96 is against alliance with US. Doon daw makipagally siya sa Papua, New Guinea na maraming cannibals. Tama siya-matatakut ang Intsik baka kainin sila ng mga cannibals-this jerk is a genius(a.k.a. certified idiot, first class),

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