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Ping: Duterte call to US, allies to help check China is ‘proper’

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s “dare” to the United States and at least two western allies to help check China in the West Philippine Sea is proper, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Thursday.

Lacson, in a statement, indicated the presence of the US, along with Britain and France, would help prevent a full-blown war instead of trigger it.

“Calling on the United States and other western allies to help check China in the WPS is proper given the prevailing circumstances, contrary to some narrow-minded critics that such move is a sure formula for war.

Also, Lacson said it is a good development that Duterte corrected himself on the issue of “allowing” Chinese to fish in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea area.

Duterte had been quoted as saying he cannot prevent incursions of foreign fishing vessels within the Exclusive Economic Zone because even if he wants to, the Philippines does not have the capability nor the capacity to do it, and that the arbitral ruling is unenforceable in the first place.

Also, the Philippines merely exercises sovereign right, not sovereignty over the areas within the EEZ.

“I agree with the President in this regard. Having said that, to allow is not the same as not being able to prevent,” he said.

On the other hand, Lacson said maintaining the balance of power in the West Philippine Sea will prevent rather that ignite war.

“No two superpowers would go to war in this day and age of nuclear technology for the simple reason of its ‘zero-sum’ outcome,” he said.

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