Belgica backs MDT review, says PH must be ready for war
MANILA, Philippines — Former Presidential Anti-Corruption (PACC) chairman Greco Belgica has expressed support for the renegotiation of the mutual defense treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States.
Signed on August 30, 1951, the MDT states that the Philippines and the U.S. will support each other if either of the countries is attacked by another party.
Belgica, who is gunning for a Senate seat, said the country’s laws should be subject to a continuous review to keep up with the changing times.
“If the Constitution and the laws need to be changed, then we must change it dahil walang ganitong threat noon nung ginawa ang Constitution,” Belgica said during the SMNI Senatorial Debates.
Begica made the proposal in the wake of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
The senatorial hopeful said the Philippines must pursue an independent foreign policy and not base its actions and decisions on other countries.
“We must assert our leadership in the region, push everyone to talk in the diplomatic table. But on the other hand, we must prepare for war as we push for peace,” he said.
“The only way to have peace is to let our enemies know that we are ready for war at any time. Not that we want war, but we are prepared for it.”
Earlier, Belgica called on government officials to strengthen the Philippines’ military and defense capabilities. He said national government funds were spared from corruption, can be used to fortify the country’s defenses.
He added that food security should also be a top priority in case the situation in other countries is aggravated.
The former PACC chief also expressed support for the proposal of Davao City mayor and vice presidential candidate Sara Duterte to push for military training and discipline among the youth, among others.
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