MANILA, Philippines – Sinusuri ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas ang posibleng “tripartite agreement” ng Pilipinas sa dalawang “malapit na kaalyado” nito, ang Estados Unidos at Japan.
Inihayag ni Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos Jr., ang bagay na ito sa sa naging panayam sa Chief Executive ng Kyodo News, ayon sa Presidential Communications Office.
Sinabi pa ng PCO na winika ng Pangulo sa Kyodo News na “many other issues raised by the Philippine delegation in Tokyo are fostering alliances with its long-time partners.”
“It is something that we certainly are going to be studying upon my return to the Philippines,” ang pahayag ng Pangulo.
“I think just part of the continuing process of strengthening our alliances because in this rather confusing, and I dare say dangerous situations, that we have, I’m not talking only about the South China Sea, I’m not only talking about the Indo-Pacific region but, of course, there is a conflict still ongoing in Ukraine and the rather disturbing effects that it has all around the world,” aniya pa rin.
Idinagdag pa nito na ang tripartite agreement sa dalawang kaalyado ng Pilipinas ay “continuing and ongoing” process upang maging mas “solid partnerships and alliances that we are beginning to put together in our areas.”
“So that is, I think, a central element to…providing some sort of stability in the face of all these problems that we are seeing around us,” ayon sa Pangulo
Nauna nang napagkasunduan nina Pangulong Marcos at Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida na palakasin ang “defense at security relations” ng Maynila at Tokyo.
Nagkasundo din ang dalawang lider na magkaroon ng karagdagang bilateral discussions para tugunan ang regional at international situations, partikular na sa Indo-Pacific region.
Sa isang joint statement, napagdesisyunan nina Pangulong Marcos at Kishida na “increase the defense capabilities of their own countries, and further strengthen overall security cooperation.”
“This will be done through strategic reciprocal port calls and aircraft visits, transfer of more defense equipment and technology, continuous cooperation on previously-transferred defense equipment, and capacity building,” ayon sa ulat. Kris Jose