President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Monday met with Ambassadors Philip Goldberg of the United States. Inquirer
Asian Correspondent: Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte asks US ‘Are you with us?’ on South China Sea dispute
HILIPPINES President-elect Rodrigo Duterte says he has asked U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg if Washington will back the Philippines if a confrontation with China were to take place over the disputed South China Sea.
At a business forum in Davao City, Duterte told an audience of several hundred people, mostly businessmen, that he asked Goldberg: “Are you with us or are you not with us?”
According to Rappler, he said: “Because if I may decide based on the [international court’s] judgement, I will now start to claim there.”
Goldberg reportedly responded the U.S. would only support the Philippines if it was “attacked”.
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WNU Editor: The Philippine President dos not sound confident in U.S. reassurances. On a side note, he is also telegraphing to China that he will not go to war against them over their boundary dispute .... PHL won't go to war with China over Scarborough Shoal —Duterte (GMA).
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