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PH should take sides only ‘if our interest is at risk’ – Sara Duterte

/ 01:04 AM March 01, 2022
Russian on way to Ukraine, for story: PH should take sides only ‘if our interest is at risk’ – Sara Duterte

Ukrainian tanks move into the city, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Mariupol, Febr. 24, 2022. (File photo by CARLOS BARRIA / REUTERS)

DAVAO CITY, Davao del Sur, Philippines — The Philippines should be “neutral” and only make a stand if its “interest is at risk,” vice presidential candidate Sara Duterte-Carpio said Monday about the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

“The Philippine interest should always come first. That is the only time we take sides — if our interest is at risk,” Duterte-Carpio said, partly in Filipino, in a media conference. “But if the Philippine interest is not involved, we should always be neutral.”

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Asked about the possible implications of the conflict to the country, particularly the looming rise in the price of commodities, Duterte-Carpio said she would make a stand if pushed against the wall.

“If it is a matter of making a stand, if I were the president, then I would be at first neutral until I am pushed against a wall to make a decision for the country,” she said.

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“With regard to the effects of the war, that is something that the national government should prepare for,” she added. “The effects of wars are not a secret. It is something that the whole of government should prepare for and not just one Cabinet secretary or one department of the government.”

Shifting to another foreign policy issue, Duterte-Carpio said she would approach the country’s dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea with diplomacy.

“Always with diplomacy, All things with diplomacy. The Philippines is a developing country. We are not a superpower. Every issue, every international issue and conflict we are in, we should use diplomacy,” Duterte-Carpio said.

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