President Rodrigo Duterte could have to swallow his pleasure to counter the most recent transfer of China on the contested Scarbouough Shoal.
To make sure the territorial integrity of the Philippines towards the extra highly effective army may of China, Supreme Court (SC) Justice Antonio Carpio reckoned that Duterte ought to seek assist from the United States.
“Ask the United States to declare that Scarborough Shoal is part of Philippine territory for purposes of the Phil-US Mutual Defense Treaty since the shoal has been part of Philippine territory even during the American colonial period,” Carpio stated Monday, March 20.
Carpio gave the comment realizing full nicely that Duterte is a critic of the US.
“The U.S. has declared the Senkakus as part of Japanese territory for purposes of the US-Japan mutual defense treaty,” the Justice of the Peace cited.
Carpio additionally prompt that Duterte ship the Philippine Navy to patrol Scarborough Shoal.
“If the Chinese attack Philippine navy vessels, then invoke the Phil-U.S. Mutual defense Treaty which covers any armed attack on Philippine navy vessels operating in the South China Sea,” he stated.
If the President doesn’t need to danger Filipino lives, Carpio stated that Duterte shiould “accept the standing U.S. offer to hold joint naval patrols in the South China Sea, which includes Scarborough Shoal. ”
“This will demonstrate joint Philippine and US determination to prevent China from building on Scarborough Shoal,” he identified.