By Junex Doronio
November 24, 2022
(The Asahi Shimbun photo courtesy)
MANILA — “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out,” so said American columnist Walter Winchell.
This aptly describes the proverbial acid test of friendship between the United States and its erstwhile colony Philippines as the US has expressed its concern regarding the confrontation that occurred between Filipino and Chinese personnel near Pag-asa Island over the weekend over a piece of debris of a rocket.
“Well, siyempre very concerned sila dahil nangyari ‘yan ngayon,” Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez said on Thursday, November 24, in an interview with Super Radyo dzBB.
However, he stopped short in saying whether the US will send troops if a shooting war erupts between the Filipino and Chinese military.
“Pero ang instructions ni Presidente na i-investigate nang mabuti at ang Navy ay nag-confirm na ginawa nga ito ng mga Chinese vessels,” Romualdez quipped.
Meanwhile, the Philippines has already sent a note verbale to China following the confrontation between Filipino and Chinese personnel near Pag-asa Island, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) disclosed.
“Yes, a Note Verbale has been sent following the instruction of the President,” DFA spokesperson Teresita Daza said.
A note verbal is a diplomatic communication prepared in the third person and unsigned. (ai/mtvn)