Malacañang on Tuesday mentioned that any direct participation in fight operations by US troops, together with airstrikes, is prohibited underneath the Philippine Constitution and the mutual protection treaty between the 2 nations.
“While PH-US military alliance remains solid and robust, US military assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is limited to technical assistance, information sharing and training,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned in an announcement despatched to reporters.
Abella additional clarified that underneath the Mutual Defense Board-Security Engagement Board with the US underneath the purview of the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951, standing protocols have been put in place that, even to today, is being adopted.
“It does not involve any boots on the ground nor any direct participation in combat operations, such as the air strikes reportedly being planned against Islamic State-inspired groups in the Philippines. This is a matter prohibited by our law and Constitution,” Abella careworn.
The Palace official added that there was no dialogue of airstrikes when Duterte visited the Joint Special Operations Task Force Trident in Marawi City final Friday.
Abella’s statements adopted earlier studies which claimed that the US Department of Defense is contemplating a plan that will permit its forces to conduct air strikes towards ISIS targets in the nation, significantly in Mindanao space.
Philippine navy and protection officers have earlier denied any talks with the US authorities relating to using its armed drones towards ISIS-inspired terror teams in the Philippines.
Department of National Defense (DND) public affairs workplace chief Arsenio Andolong mentioned the DND has had no discussions in anyway on the supposed use of US drones to strike towards Daesh-inspired terrorist teams in the nation.
“The AFP Chief-of-Staff, Gen. Eduardo Año, said that at present such a measure is not within the provisions of the Mutual Defense Treaty. Direct military actions are only allowed during an actual foreign invasion by another state actor. Hence, such a proposition has to undergo a process and an agreement must be reached that should have the approval of both the highest officials of our nations,” Andolong emphasised.
The AFP is at present locked in fierce fight with Maute Group terrorists following a botched try and arrest Abu Sayyaf Isnilon Hapilon and ISIS “emir” in Southeast Asia final May 23.
DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana likewise mentioned that no discussions relating to airstrikes from no matter platforms hitting native targets transpired at his degree.
However, each officers expressed their appreciation for the reported want of the US to assist the Philippines battle ISIS-inspired terrorist teams in the nation.
Terrorism has certainly develop into a worldwide menace that the group of countries should unite towards.
ASEAN of late has issued robust statements on the matter. (PNA)