Marcos optimistic ‘ironclad’ US-PH defense pact is beyond politics

Marcos optimistic ‘ironclad’ US-PH defense pact is beyond politics

05:16 AM April 16, 2024

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. walks toward a room in a Washington D. C. hotel, for a press briefing with members of the Philippine media delegation on April 12, 2024. Marcos addressed questions about the alleged gentleman’s agreement between China and former president Rodrigo Duterte, which he called a secret deal, during the press conference. Gabriel P. Lalu/

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. GABRIEL P. LALU/INQUIRER.NET

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Monday expressed optimism that the “ironclad” commitment of the United States to its defense treaty with the Philippines will remain constant and is “beyond politics.”

Marcos made the remark when asked if he is concerned that, former US President Donald Trump, should he get reelected, would not offer the same “ironclad commitment” to the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between Manila and Washington.


Signed on August 30, 1951, the MDT states thatboth nations would support each other if an external party attacked either one of them.


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“I believe what we have agreed with the United States are beyond politics,” Marcos said in a forum in Manila Hotel, adding that “those treaty agreements must be honored.”

Marcos, however, noted that US President Joe Biden’s reelection will provide a “solid ground” due to both leaders’ previous engagements.

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Solid ground

“If President Biden is reelected, then we have a fairly solid ground to base our positions on because we have already spoken with him,” Marcos pointed out.

Signed on August 30, 1951, the MDT states that both nations would support each other if an external party attacked either one of them.


Marcos’ latest engagement with Biden occurred during  the trilateral summit held in Washington on April 12, which is the first-ever meeting of such kind between the Philippines, US, and Japan.

This unprecedented move comes amid the mounting tensions in the West Philippine Sea.

The resupply activity of BRP Sierra Madre grounded in Ayungin Shoal and the humanitarian activities in Scarborough Shoal become the flashpoint of tensions between Manila and Beijing.

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Beijing asserts sovereignty in the entire South China Sea, including most of the West Philippine Sea, even if such a claim has been effectively invalidated by a July 2016 international tribunal ruling that stemmed from a case filed by Manila in 2013.

TAGS: Mutual Defense Treaty, WPS

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