PHL can turn to Russia, China for assistance in battling terrorists: Secretary Andanar

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Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in an interview with Karen Davila on ANC’s Headstart, January 27 that the Philippines can ask for support from Russia and China in dealing with terrorism as mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Based on the statement of the President when he was interviewed by the Russian press, he did say that  we can go to Russia, we can go to China for assistance in battling these terrorists and other issues that arise from international terrorists,” Secretary Andanar said.

Andanar made the statement when asked by Davila to comment on former Ambassador to United States Jose Cuisia’s statement saying cancelling the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) will have implications on military’s anti-terrorism campaign.

“The guys who are helping, the US military men who are here to help, would have to leave,” Cuisia said.

Secretary Andanar also noted that the Philippines “don’t have any belligerent history with Russia and with China.”

“We have an independent foreign policy which the President has advocated since the start of this administration. You know, you see Karen, this is a matter of choice and this is the prerogative of the President. Now, if he wants to open our country to being friends with other super powers like the People’s Republic of China and Russia, then so be it,” Andanar added.