President Rodrigo Duterte said that United States response on attack will have to pass through US Congress. This is after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “as the South China Sea is part of the Pacific, any armed attack on Philippine forces, aircraft, or public vessels in the South China Sea will trigger mutual defense obligations under Article 4 of our Mutual Defense Treaty.”
“Ang America nagsabi: We will protect you. We will – your backs are covered I’m sure,” President Duterte said on March 3 during Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) Zamboanga campaign rally.
“Sabi ko, okay man sinabi ni Mattis sa akin: We guarantee you na nandiyan kami sa likod. Pero ang problema nito ‘yung i-invoke niya ‘yung Defense US Treaty which was entered into by us, by our – mga ninuno natin – na ang attack sa America or ang attack sa atin pareho ra. But sa America magdaan pa ng Congress,” he added.
He said that “any declaration of war will pass Congress. Alam mo naman gaano ka b***s*** ang Congress sa America.”
“Kita mo nga wala pang pera si Trump kasi may stalemate sila. Wala pa silang budget. Ako, malapit ma-ganun. Pero timely ibinigay nila ang budget – mga congressman. Pero di ba na-stalled,” he said.