In his remark during the 39th commencement exercises for Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), President Rodrigo Duterte said that the country will no longer participate in all US-led wars.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a halt on the country’s participation in all expeditions led by the United States (US).
According to the President, the country has nothing to benefit from those missions.
The Chief Executive cited as an example the Philippines’ participation in the United States’ efforts to free Kuwait from the control of Iraq during the Gulf war in 1991.
The Philippines sent Filipino troops to help in the war that freed Kuwait, but the President lamented, the now independent Arab nation allows the abuse of Filipino workers there.
“I am addressing America right now, whatever expeditions that you will conduct, any wars that you will fight in any countries, count us out. We benefit nothing all these years of sacrifice except brutality,” said Duterte.
The President also noted that the Philippines can stand on its own; further arguing that what is important is for the country to maintain its dignity.
He added that invasions such as during the Spanish and American colonial era should not happen again.
“Tama na po yun (That’s enough). You have had your fill. Do not ask for more,” said the President.
At the end of his speech during the 39th commencement exercises for Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), the President said the Philippines will no longer participate in any war by the US under his term.
“Unless we are threatened directly, there will be no more joint expeditions at least sa panahon ko (during my term),” he said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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