A PHILIPPINE National Police officer said the United States is helping the Philippines in its dispute with China because it is a component strategy of its national security.
Superintendent Alejandro “Alex” Yanquiling, Department of the Interior and Local Government coordinator of the crime prevention and response program Street Watch, made this assertion in an interview with Beyond Deadlines shortly after it was reported that China briefly occupied Quirino Atoll, a Philippine territory and traditional Filipino fishing area at the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
He said the US’s pledge to help and extend military assistance to the Philippines in case of war against China is “all part of its national security strategy and foreign relations policy.”
Yanquiling explained that the American strategy in dealing with a potential enemy (like China) is to build its sources of strength and influence. He asserted that this was meant to shape an international order which would allow the US to overcome the security challenges it face in the 21st century.
A former officer of the Manila Police Department, Yanquiling has a doctorate degree in criminal justice system and a master’s degree in national security from the National Defense College of the Philippines. He also took up criminal justice education from the University of Virginia, wherein one of his subjects was international and domestic terrorism.
The Philippines and China are locked in a dispute over some protruding rocks at the West Philippine Sea. The latter is claiming to have sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea prompting the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to ask the United Nation’s Permanent Court of Arbitration to arbitrate and settle the issue.
China, which started challenging American hegemony in the Pacific, refused to participate in the proceedings and warned that it won’t recognize the decision of the The Hague based arbitral tribunal. It insists on settling any disagreement through a bi-laterial discussion and without interference of any outside power.
Recently, Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. asked Pres. BS Aquino to enter into a dialogue with China and use the Philippine-Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone agreement as a guide to ease the escalating tension between our two countries. He said the government should not just rely on the decision to be handed by the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration.
In my opinion, and this has been my stand ever since, we should talk to China and tell them what we want and that we are not in favor of what they are doing, and start from there. What is important is we start a dialogue,” Marcos said in a statement issued by his office.