Panelo says PHL not shifting alliances: ‘Wala lahat’


Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told CNN Philippines’ The Source on February 14 that the Philippines is not shifting alliances, rather “tinatanggal natin iyong alliances natin. On our own na nga eh, sarili na nga eh.”

When asked if being independent includes not forging alliance with China, Panelo said “wala, wala lahat. Tinanong ko si Presidente.”

Panelo also said that the termination of Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) may affect the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).


“Eh ganoon na rin siguro – maaapektuhan, tatamaan din iyon,” Panelo said.
“Which means, baka mawala na rin iyon.”

“Kung iyon ang posisyon ni Presidente na hindi niya na kailangan ang alliances sa iba at tumayo na tayo nang sarili natin, eh talagang mawawala lahat iyan,” Panelo explained.