President Rodrigo Duterte said in media interview following the Conferment of the Order of National Scientist on Dr. Emil Q. Javier on January 7 that he will not allow the United States to launch missiles from the Philippine to attack Iran.
He said he will continue to honor the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with United States, but it will only allow transit.
“We will continue to respect it in transit. But to use the Philippines as a launching pad for — to fly the missiles and the rockets, I do not think that – I have to stop them,” President Duterte said.
“We allow ships of — the gray ships of other nations to park here and get some — ‘yung provisionings nila,” he noted.
He also noted that Filipino soldiers will not be sent to fight alongside American troops. “Out of the question. Out of the question. Unless the national interest would demand it and it will be decided not by me, but me and Congress,” he said.
Duterte also said that he sent Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Secretary Abdullah D. Mama-O “to both Tehran and in Baghdad, if he can make it, to talk to the leaders about the plight of the Filipino workers. That is all there is to it.”
“Just to get the assurance that my countrymen will have the egress just in case hell breaks loose in that — Middle East,” he added.