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Binobola lang si Marcos! Rody Duterte: ‘I do not think America will die for us’

Former president Rodrigo Duterte expressed doubts over Washington’s commitment to defend the Philippines in case of an armed attack in the South China Sea, telling Chinese journalists in an exclusive interview, “I do not think that America will die for us.”

In an interview with the Global Times, a Chinese state-funded English language newspaper, Duterte accused the Americans of goading the Philippine government to “find a quarrel and eventually maybe start a war.”

“So I am very sure of that – America is giving the instructions to the Philippine government to ‘not be afraid because we will back you up,’” he said in the article published Friday (April 12).

“But I do not think that America will die for us. And yet America has so many bases in the Philippines now; I objected to it when the US wanted to build a military base in Philippines. Then with the consent of the president of the Republic of the Philippines, they have so many bases,” the former president added.

Duterte said that if it were up to him, he would “remove the bases” put up by the Americans in the Philippines.

“And I would tell the Americans, you have so many ships, so you do not need my island as a launching pad or as a launching deck for you,” he said.

Four more sites have been added to the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Arrangement (EDCA) under the Marcos administration amid China’s increasing aggression in the South China Sea. These strategic locations are: the Naval Base Camilo Osias in Santa Ana, Cagayan; Camp Melchor Dela Cruz in Gamu, Isabela; Balabac Island in Palawan; and Lal-lo Airport in Cagayan.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III affirmed Washington’s “ironclad” commitment to defend the Philippines in case of an armed attack on Philippine armed forces, vessels or aircraft in the Pacific when he welcomed President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to the Pentagon on April 12.

Marcos is in the US for a historic trilateral summit with US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

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