WASHINGTON. D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – The United States was caught offguard when Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte challenged Uncle Sam to fire the first shot and to deploy the Seventh Fleet in the West Philippine Sea as way to resolve the terrotorial dispute involving China.
Duterte said his country will be behind the U.S. , citing a decades-old Mutual Defense Treaty. Signed in 1951, the treaty contains eight articles and dictates that both nations would support each other if either the Philippines or the United States were to be attacked by an external party.
But now, U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Michael Shanahan has found a way out of Duterte’s challenge: he wants to rescind the treaty altogether!
Speaking with The Adobo Chronicles, Shanahan said the Philippines did not keep its part of the bargain when America was attacked on 9-11. “So why would we keep ours in the ongoing conflict between the Philippines and China? It did nothing to help the U.S. when we were attacked,” he added.
We tried to reach Philippine Senator Panfilo Lacson for comment but his mobile phone was on low batt.
Lacson earlier made a statement that the Philippines should not wait for an armed aggression by China before invoking its Mutual Defense agreement with the U.S.
This is a developing story.