Close  

Pompeo: ‘We remain committed to supporting the Philippines’ in South China Sea row

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 12:40 PM March 01, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday reassured the Philippine government of the United States’ support amid the ongoing dispute in the South China Sea.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Our commitments under that treaty (U.S.-Philippines mutual defense treaty) are clear, our obligations are real, the South China Sea is certainly part of an important body of water for freedom of navigation,” Pompeo said in a press conference at the Department of Foreign Affairs main office in Pasay City.

Pompeo: ‘We remain committed to supporting the Philippines’ in South China Sea row

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers questions from the media during a press conference at the Department of Foreign Affairs main office in Pasay City on Friday, March 1, 2019. Pompeo has given reassurance that the U.S. remains committed to supporting the Philippines in the maritime dispute at South China Sea. INQUIRER.net/Ryan Leagogo

“We remain committed to supporting the Philippines in that effort, and the Philippines need to do its part as well, and all the countries of the region so that these incredibly vital economic sea lanes are open,” he added.

He further said that any “armed attack” on the Philippine forces in the South China Sea “will trigger mutual defense obligations” of the U.S. to the Philippines.

“As South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on the Philippine forces, aircraft or public vessels in the South China Sea, will trigger mutual defense obligations under the mutual defense treaty,” Pompeo said.

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo added that the U.S. has not only assured the Philippines that it will come to its aid in the event of a shooting war in the South China Sea, but will also be supplying arms and other needed military equipment needed for its defense.

“By just saying that ‘we have your back,’ that means we are behind you, we will support you,” Panelo said.

“According to them, when there is an attack on us they will be protecting us or helping us in our defense. Number two, they will be providing us with arms,” he added.  Darryl John Esguerra /kga/muf

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: China, Diplomacy, Features, Global Nation, local news, Mike Pompeo, Military, nation, national news, Philippine news updates, Politics, sea dispute, Security, South China Sea, US
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.