America: We want to continue this relationship with PHL
According to United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg, they want to continue their relationship with Philippines.
The Ambassador would like clarification on President Duterte statement while he was on State Visit to China.
Philippine President Duterte on his statement saying, he was breaking his ties and no military and economic alliance with the US.
Goldberg, reacting on Philippine President statements, he wants clarification on Duterte’s meant by saying breaking his ties.
“Quite frankly, I don’t know what he means by a separation…Our relationship on the economic side is very strong so we need further clarification on that,” Goldberg said.
“The US has very strong commitment to the Philippines. We have a defense treaty. We consider it to be a solid and solemn commitment. But we can’t say what is the case on the Philippine side… we have to clarify exactly what this means in policy terms,” he said.
“So the real question is, what does it all mean? We have a large assistance program here,”
“We worked very hard in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Those are the things allies do together,” he added.
“I don’t know what separation means because we’re inextricably linked… What I see is that we are working very much with our Philippine colleagues. Nothing but friendly relationships on a working level,” Goldberg said.
“We’re committed to an alliance between the two counties… From our point of view, we’re not suing for divorce,” he said.
According to Goldberg, there is no official notification yet on the issue of US military exercises.
“The deployment in Mindanao, where we work on counter terrorist, is somewhat separate from the exercise issue. But we haven’t received any official notice. We’ve only heard of these public pronouncements,” he said.
“We are going to be seeking an explanation of exactly what the president meant when he talked about separation from the US,”
According to Goldberg, he already asked Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, saying he had no prior knowledge about it.
“Secretary Lorenzana said that in his confirmation meeting that he didn’t know. So, if he doesn’t, I certainly need further clarification,” Goldberg said.
“This is something that the Filipino people support as well in terms of our relationship. Seventy-six percent of people have a great trust in the US,” he said.
“This is not our doing. We want to continue this relationship. If the people of Philippines want to end this relationship, then we have to talk about it,” Goldberg said.
“Our ties are unbreakable regardless of President. I think that in some ways that will go on,”
“If the President of the Philippines wants to change that, then we have to talk,”