PH open to new regional security architecture

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 25 2014 01:48 PM | Updated as of May 26 2014 07:26 PM

MANILA - The Philippines is willing to listen to the United States following reports a new security alliance is being planned with other Asia Pacific nations.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said “we are ready to listen to whatever plan that the US has.”

He said the new plan, if there ever is one, has yet to be coursed through the proper diplomatic channels. He said Malacanang has yet to hear from the US.

“If it reaches that point, we will ensure it will be studied carefully,” he said.

He said the country’s national interest will be paramount if that time comes.

A Philippine Star report said the US is working out a new “security architecture” in the region amid continued aggression from China.

The report, quoting sources, said the US will be working with “spokes” in the new security architecture, which is part of its Asian pivot plan.

“The sources told The STAR that aside from the Philippines, the ‘spokes’ would include Australia and Japan, and possibly Singapore and Thailand. Washington is also wooing Malaysia as a strategic partner,” the report said.