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Sagot ko kayo! Kim assures Duterte: US will protect PH from any armed attack

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United States Ambassador Sung Kim said any armed attack against the Philippine forces, aircraft, and public vessels could trigger Washington’s obligation under the Mutual Defense Treaty.

“I think Secretary (Michael) Pompeo was quite clear when he made that statement in the Philippines and in fact, he conveyed that commitment directly to President (Rodrigo) Duterte in his meeting with the President,” he said.

China, Taiwan and several Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Vietnam, have overlapping claims in the South China Sea.

Last week, Duterte dared the US, as well as Great Britain and France, to help Manila assert its rights in the hotly-contested waters after being frustrated by criticism that he has failed to confront Beijing over its aggression in the area.

“As you know, we diplomats are very cautious about answering hypothetical questions and I think it’s important to remember that it has been our consistent position, and I think it has been the consistent position of all countries including claimants, that the dispute should be resolved in a manner (that’s) consistent of international norms, practices,” he said. (PNA)

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