By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte has shot down the possibility of forming a military alliance with China, his spokesman said.
In an interview on ANC Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo reiterated that the Philippines will not forge military agreements with other nations.
Asked if the President is open to seeking a defense treaty with China, Panelo quickly said: “No. Sabi niya, no. Tinanong ko siya eh. Sir, are you wiling to enter into a new military forces agreement with other countries? No.
“Ibig sabihin talagang desidido siya doon. Tumayo na tayo sa ating kakayahan. If that will mean na we’ll be spending more, then let’s spend more.”
The Duterte administration earlier abrogated the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States because of their interference in the country’s domestic affairs, particularly in the illegal drug cases against detained Senator Leila de Lima.