Some senators on Monday continued to express doubts that the United States would come to the aid of the Philippines if the verbal row with China over the disputed Spratly Islands escalated.
Sen. Francis Pangilinan said: “Whether or not America sides with us is immaterial at this point. Besides, imploring US providence in the past didn’t bring us into the proverbial promise land.”
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, for his part, said President Aquino could invoke the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) if the country were attacked by another country.
“Any attack against the forces of either the US or the Philippines in the treaty area will mean an attack against the parties of the (MDT),” Enrile told reporters.
But asked whether the Philippines could count on the US to fulfill its obligations in the treaty, he said: “Oh well that is another issue. Can we count on them? I do not know. We better ask them, can we count on you? I don’t know.”
Malacañang has maintained that the Philippines could invoke the MDT as a mechanism against any attack by a foreign country.
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