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PH to remain neutral on Russia-Ukraine war


MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Friday that the Philippines will remain neutral for the time being as Russia launches lethal military attacks on Ukraine, reports CNN Philippines.

He stated that authorities are closely monitoring developments in Ukraine, but he refused to issue a strong statement condemning Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, despite previous criticism from various world leaders.

On Friday, the Philippines’ Asian neighbors, including Japan and Taiwan, strongly condemned Russia, declaring that economic sanctions would be imposed on Russia.

“Wala naman tayong pakialam sa Europe kung ano ang ginagawa nila doon, hindi naman tayo katabi ng Ukraine. Yung mga bansang karatig, nagpapahayag ng suporta sa Ukraine. Tayo neutral muna tayo ngayon (We are not located beside Ukraine and it’s none of our business to meddle in whatever they’re doing in Europe. The nearby countries have expressed support for Ukraine. The Philippines will stay neutral for now),” he said in an interview.

The defense chief stated that he is not concerned that the Philippines will become involved in the conflict. He mentioned that the country’s troops are making contingency plans.

“Ganon pa man ay naghahanda tayo. ‘Yung Armed Forces meron silang mga plano, gumagawa sila ng plano saka-sakali man magkakagulo. Hindi lang doon, kundi pati dito sa lugar natin ay handa tayo (Nevertheles, we are preparing. The Armed Forces are crafting plans in case of conflict. Not just for the war there, but we are also readying here),” Lorenzana said.

He argued that the crisis would most likely have an impact on fuel prices in the Philippines.

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