Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo —RICHARD A. REYES

Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo —RICHARD A. REYES

As far because the Department of Foreign Affairs is anxious, President Duterte’s model of diplomacy is working because the Philippines seeks to spice up ties with different international locations.

Speaking on the Meet Inquirer Multimedia discussion board on Tuesday, appearing Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo clarified that the Duterte administration’s impartial international coverage “does not mean acting alone but means acting in consonance with others, where necessary, having the national interest at heart.”

Manalo stated there was hardly a necessity to elucidate the President each time he made controversial statements.

“What is important is that they (the international community) see that the Philippines is reaching out to countries. Our policy has remained constant and, in some cases, has even gone further towards improving relations,” he stated. “We are reaching out to so many countries and I think that is the key. I think, that is how they view our foreign policy.”

The President is scheduled to make a visit to Tokyo, Japan, in June for the Future of Asia Conference hosted by Nikkei. Next month, he would attend the 2017 World Economic Forum on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia and the summit for the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative in China.

Manalo additional clarified that the Philippines was not veering away from one nation in favor of one other, as within the case of the United States and China or Russia. It was as an alternative opening up and dealing to enhance relationships with different international locations.

“Basically the Philippines has been going out.  The foreign policy now is how to engage our partners and build stronger relations for the mutual benefit of the Philippines and the other country. We wish to have a relationship of mutual benefit and mutual respect and if we move towards one country, it should not be at the expense of another,” Manalo defined.

“We think by enhancing relationships with more countries we, in effect, are creating more security for ourselves and perhaps also improving the welfare of the country,” he stated.

Manalo denied that President Duterte flip-flopping on his statements with regard to the South China Sea, saying he had been constant in saying that the one solution to resolve the battle was by creating belief and speaking to Beijing.

President Duterte, he stated, would decide areas the place the Philippines and different fellow Southeast Asian nations may cooperate when he attends subsequent month’s OBOR initiative in China.

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