PH welcomes US Senate’s support for Philippines’ sovereign rights

Tuesday in Washington DC, Philippine Ambassador to United States Jose Cuisia said Resolution 412, resolution passed by US Senate last Thursday reaffirming US’ defense treaty with PH and Japan, also reaffirmed Washington’s strong support for freedom of sea navigation and overflights in the South China Sea.

“We welcome the passage of Senate Resolution 412 and express our gratitude to Chairman Menendez and his colleagues in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for their support of the Philippine position,” PH Ambassador to US Jose Cuisia said.

The said resolution was created by Sen. Robert Menendez (D, New Jersey), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and co-sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R, Florida), Ben Cardin (D, Maryland), John McCain (R, Arizona), James Risch (R, Idaho), and Patrick Leahy (D, Vermont).

“The envoy said the resolution demonstrates the US’ long standing commitment to its Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines, a 1951 accord that compels the United States to come to its Asian ally’s defense if attacked by a foreign force,” PNA reported.

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